Saturday, August 15, 2020

Honouring the patron of the Canary Islands

Basílica de Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria Diego Delso / CC BY-SA

This year the Guanches will not be able to accompany ‘La Morenita’ for the first time in 250 years and Chago Melián will not sing her ‘Ave Maria’, so this Patron Saint's Day will be seen on television and with great sadness for parishoners

Today, 15 August, is a national public holiday for Asunción de la Virgen (Assumption) and normally hosts multitudinal fiestas in honour of the Virgin of Candelaria, the patroness of all the Canary Islands. As with so many other celebrations, events are unable to take place. The town hall has asked people not to make the Peregrinación a Candelaria (Pilgrimage) and imposed restrictions on walking to the town and the very popular Ceremony of the discovery of the Virgin of Candelaria, cannot be performed in the Plaza de La Patrona. 

We can only present you with ceremony that was streamed last year. 

Ceremonia de los guanches 2019