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Monday, June 15, 2020

La Orotava's Corpus Christi will be celebrated online and the sand carpet will be made in the church of La Concepción this year

Iglesia de la Concepción (La Orotava) Koppchen / CC BY

The Covid-19 pandemic has forced changes in the essence of the festivities, especially the Thursday of Corpus Christi, when traditional flower rugs will this year be made in homes.

One of the main changes will be that the sand carpet that is made every year with sands from the Teide National Park, usually in the square in front of the Town Hall, on the occasion of Corpus Christi, will this year be made in the church of La Concepción.

It will be much smaller, 20 square meters, and the design is related to the Covid-19 pandemic. The design is the work of the director of the Magno Tapiz (Great Tapestry) and of the Escuela Municipal de Alfombristas (Municipal Carpet School), Domingo González Expósito and is very simple: a lotus flower in the center that represents the ability to recover from adversity and difficult times, surrounded by a red cross, in tribute to the health workers and another black, as a remembrance to the victims of the coronavirus.

Another substantial difference is that it will not be able to be visited by the public. Only those who attend the only two Eucharistic celebrations on the occasion of the festivities - on Thursday 18 and Saturday 20 June - and which will have a limited capacity of one hundred people, will be able to see it. However, it will be able to be seen virtually, via Council's website, social networks and local television.

Regarding the flower carpets that are normally made on the street, each family will make theirs at home and the church will collaborate with the delivery of greenery and flowers.

All other activities - contests, talks, videos and workshops - will be offered virtually.

The big week of the festivities begins on Monday the 15th with Los Sabandeños, while on Tuesday the 16th you can enjoy the fourth edition of the Battle of Polkas. On Wednesday the 17th it was to have been the popular presentation of the wines of the Denomination of Origin of the Orotava Valley, but this has been replaced by 'La Orotava tasting at home', which will mean that residents can purchase wines through the Regulatory Council and enjoy them at home. For Friday June 19 there will be a ‘Baile de magos en casa’ (Country dance at home), and on Sunday 21, ‘Romería en casa’ (Pilgrimage at home).

The mayor, Francisco Linares, regretted that this year the holding of street events had to be suspended, “but given the current situation we are going through and the state of alarm, it is mandatory not to hold events that involve crowding, and priority should be given to measures that guarantee, above all, the health of all citizens ”.

El tapiz con arenas del Teide se hará este año en la iglesia de La Concepción