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Even with the start of the 'new normality' on 21 June 2020, popular fiestas and most large gatherings and events are still prohibited and social distancing guidelines still in force. Dates listed on this site, therefore, are still subject to cancellation or change and we will update, where we can, when any new information is made available.

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Friday, July 12, 2019

Romería of San Benito Abad, Day of Traditions in Chirche, Virgen del Carmen in Puerto de la Cruz, Santa Cruz and Puerto de Santiago, Moscow Ballet, Festival Mumes 2019

Romería de San Benito Abad

Romería of San Benito Abad

On Sunday 14 July - always the second Sunday of the said month - is the Romería Regional de San Benito Abad in La Laguna. This is the only Romería that is denominated Regional and is declared of tourist interest, so you can imagine is one of the big ones and is considered as the most representative romeria of the Canary Islands. It is held in honor of St. Benedict of Nursia, the patron saint of farmers of Tenerife. Mass is celebrated with a floral offering, then the cattle are blessed and the pilgrimage leaves from around mid-day. The most striking aspect is the procession of the Saint accompanied by seven women dressed in the typical costume of each of the islands of the archipelago.

Romería de San Benito | 2018

Día de las Tradiciones in Chirche

Day of Traditions in Chirche

Meanwhile the village of Chirche (Guía de Isora) is preparing to celebrate the 19th edition of their annual Día de las Tradiciones (Day of Traditions), again held on the second Sunday in July each year, which aims to keep alive the traditions of past centuries.

On Sunday, July 14, the town will wake up early to receive the thousands of visitors that will arrive throughout the day. Free transport will be increased this year due to the high demand. Buses leave every half hour from 10.00 am in front of the Civil Guard Barracks in the town of Guía de Isora, the last bus returning from Chirche at 4.30 pm.

Twenty or so houses will open their doors and patios for roasting of wheat and coffee, kneading bread, making kites, basketwork ... Don't miss the teacher and the students in the school or the healer with his remedies. Various activities; a wedding, milking, and moving will be staged and, finally, at 2:00 pm the procession and a dance is planned.

Día de las Tradiciones - Chirche 2018

Embarcación de la Virgen del Carmen 2019

Embarkation of the Virgin del Carmen

On Tuesday 16 July is the Embarcación de la Virgen del Carmen (Embarkation of the Virgin del Carmen) in Puerto de la Cruz. This fiesta is celebrated all over the islands, but Puerto's is undoubtedly the biggest where tens of thousands will gather from early morning to watch the procession of the icon of the Virgen del Carmen (Our Lady of Mount Carmel) - patron of fishermen and the Armada Española (Spanish Navy) - from the old port. These festivals have their origin in the middle of the eighteenth century, when the figure of Gran Poder de Dios (Great Power of God) was taken out in procession, and in 1919, after the re-foundation of the Brotherhood of the Virgen del Carmen, became the great Festivities of July as we know them today, which is why this year they are being celebrated as a centenaryOther events in these fiestas include the solemn procession of the Great Power of God, that takes place on Sunday the 14th; the sardinada (sardine feast) and verbena (dance) on the 15th, and the embarcación chiquita (smaller boat procession) organized by the Fishermen's Brotherhood of Gran Poder de Dios on Sunday 21st.

Meanwhile in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, as well as the Embarcación de Santa Cruz de Tenerife, as in previous years, on the occasion of the feast of the Virgen del Carmen, the Port Authority has organized a complete program of commemorative events that includes, sports competitions; football, dominoes and a swim across the port.

Puerto de Santiago (Santiago del Teide) is also preparing to celebrate their Fiestas in Honour of Ntra. Sra. del Carmen 2019, the big day of which is also Tuesday 16 July, with the solemn Eucarist at 6 pm, after which there will be the procession and offerings.

The Moscow Ballet with Swan Lake

The Moscow Ballet returns to the Canary Islands on its summer tour with Swan Lake. The Moscow Ballet will begin its Canarian tour, tickets for which are already on sale, at the Infanta Leonor Auditorium in Los Cristianos on Tuesday July 16 and on Saturday 20 will offer two performances at the Teatro Leal in La Laguna.

Festival Mumes 2019

Meanwhile for lovers of World Music, the Festival Mumes 2019 is taking place, the central day of which is on Saturday 13 July at the Infanta Leonor Auditorium in Los Cristianos with Ghanaian bands FRA! y Kyekyeku & Ghanalogue Highlife headlining,

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