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Monday, October 26, 2020

Día del Carmen will replace Shrove Tuesday as a holiday in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Procession of the Virgen del Carmen in Santa Cruz de Tenerife

The Santa Cruz de Tenerife City Council proposes that the day of the Virgen del Carmen, on July 16, replace Shrove Tuesday as a holiday within the city's calendar next year, the municipal corporation has reported. The council has also chosen Monday, May 3, Día de la Cruz (Day of the Cross), as another of the non-working days in the municipality.

"Our aim is to reinstate Shrove Tuesday as a holiday in 2022, but in the face of this atypical situation that we are currently experiencing, we believe that July 16 is the best possible alternative, also creating a long weekend at the beginning of the third quarter of the year", says a statement the Councilor for Parties, Alfonso Cabello. He explains that the festival of the Virgen del Carmen is one of the most deeply rooted celebrations in the city, as well as in other municipalities on the island. In Santa Cruz de Tenerife, this devotion dates from 1670. The proposal for making this day a holiday has a precedent in 1931, when the City Council of Santa Cruz de Tenerife considered that the Virgen del Carmen was an official holiday, along with that of Santiago, Santa Cruz and Shrove Tuesday.

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