Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Every Traditional Fiesta in Tenerife

Fiestas de Mayo in the capital, Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Photo: By Koppchen (Own work) [CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

We've already covered Tenerife Carnival Dates, Easter Week Events, dates for the Corpus Christi Carpets in La Orotava, the Romerías, as well as Public Holidays and Municipal Holidays the dates of which give clues to the fiestas celebrated in each district.

Fiestas in Tenerife and the Canary Islands come in two varieties: winter and summer. Winter festivals include everything in the Christmas season, plus the Carnival (once renamed as "Winter Festival" when it was prohibited by Franco). Summer ones include Corpus Cristi and the vast array of traditional folk festivals (Romerias), which actually start taking place almost as soon as Christmas is over and run right through to the end of October.

Some events, such as annual celebrations for the Fiestas de la CruzSan Juan, or the Three Kings parade on January 5th, plus Christmas & New Year, of course, are held on set, numbered, dates every year, irrespective of what day of the week they fall on.

There are countless others which revolve around the "moveable feasts" of the Catholic church's calendar, like Easter, for example, which then allows us to work backwards to the dates for lent and for the Carnival. And there are others, like Corpus Cristi, where the main events to be seen occur so many days before or after the "religious" dates.

Many others are fiestas that pay homage to a particular saint, who's day is on a fixed date, but the celebrations are held in different places on different weekends near to the date, worked out by a complicated formula, such as 'the second Saturday, after the third Sunday, provided the wind is blowing from the east.' We may not always have advance warning of those. We're not sure even organisers always get the formula right!

The main fiestas each month are included in the following pages: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December.

Have we covered every single traditional fiesta in Tenerife? We still doubt it! We suspect that nobody really knows everything about all of them, nevertheless, we're having a good go at collating as much information on them as is humanly possible. Work is still very much in progress as we cross check all of the information and add any details we find, but here's what we have so far on fiestas in all thirty-one municipalities in Tenerife:
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