Saturday, August 01, 2020

Tenerife Fiestas in August 2020

View to the Basillica in Candelaria, Tenerife

Although 15 August is a national public holiday for Asunción de la Virgen (Assumption), this year it will not to be marked by any of the fiestas in Candelaria, which usually take place on the 14 and 15 of August to celebrate the discovery of the Virgin of Candelaria, the patroness of the Canary Islands. The numbers would be just too great for safety.

The Peregrinación a Candelaria (pilgrimage), walking to Candelaria from various points on the island, often to ask or thank the Virgin for something, would also likely gather large numbers, so the town hall has asked people not to make a pilgrimage this year
"We appeal to the individual responsibility of the people in these festivals so marked and we trust that these measures avoid crowds", indicates the mayor, María Concepción Brito

The insular director of Security of the Cabildo de Tenerife, Cayetano José Silva Hernández, clarifies that the Environment area will temporarily prohibit, from 6:00 p.m. on August 13 to 6:00 p.m. on August 15, transit by road [assume they mean on foot] into the town. 

The popular Fuegos de Alcalá (Alcalá Fireworks), which normally take place each year on August 15th, have previously only been interrupted during the Civil War and World War II.

Also missing from the calendar this August, because of COVID-19, will be the fiestas and Romería of San Roque in Garachico, normally held on 16 August. 

We also cannot imagine seeing the Corazones de Tejina on 24 August. UPDATE: Oh, we will, however, the announcement says that the offering of the emblematic hearts is maintained, on the 23rd, but it will be celebrated in a very different way to avoid crowds.

All that leaves are these few municipal holidays when the shops may close: 

  • 3 August: Festivity of Nuestra Señora de La Esperanza in El Rosario.
  • 6 August: Festivity of El Salvador in La Matanza de Acentejo. 
  • 17 August: Day following the Festivity of San Roque in Garachico.
  • 17 August: Monday of the Fiestas Patronales in La Guancha.
  • 24 August: Festivity of San Bartolomé in Buenavista de Norte.
  • 24 August: Fiestas Patronales in Fasnia.
  • 31 August: Festivity of San Bernardo in Arafo.
  • 31 August: Festividad Nuestra Señora de Buen Viaje in El Tanque.
  • 31 August: Fiestas Patronales in La Victoria de Acentejo.
  • 31 August: Festivity of San Agustín and San Roque in Vilaflor.