Monday, February 01, 2021

Tenerife in February 2021

At the Cabalgata Anunciadora (Carnival Opening Parade) 2020

February 2 is a public holiday on the island of Tenerife for the Virgen de la Candelaria, the Patroness of the Canary Islands. However, events in Candelaria, as expected, have been restricted to the religious only with no procession. Forty days after Christmas Candelaria (Candlemas) is celebrated, which officially marks the end of the Christmas period and in the Vatican, Christmas decorations are kept until that day. As was traditional in Medieval and Tudor times, the Eve of Candlemas (1st February) was the day on which Christmas decorations and greenery were removed from people's homes and churches.

Carnival in Santa Cruz should have taken to the streets between Fri 12 Feb and Sun 21 Feb, but despite having been cancelled this yearmany districts have still opted for Carnival Tuesday (Shrove Tuesday), 16 February, as a holiday in their municipality; Arafo, Arico, Arona, Candelaria, El Rosario, El Sauzal, Fasnia, Granadilla, La Matanza, La Orotava, La Victoria, La Laguna, San Miguel, Santa Úrsula and Tacoronte. Despite there being nothing festive to celebrate, the reason cited was to not mess with the school calendar. 

This year virtual carnival events take place between 17 February and 7 March, culminating in a television gala, ‘Santa Cruz, Corazón del Carnaval’ (Santa Cruz, Heart of Carnival). 

We cannot tell you what will happen this year on Monday 15 February, as to whether the Santa Catalina convent in La Laguna will be opened for the faithful and the curious to view the incorrupt body of Sor María de Jesús (Sister Mary of Jesus de León y Delgado) (1643 – 1731). It may be possible with social distancingVirtual visit to Sister María de Jesús in 2021

On 22 December 2020, Spain introduced travel restrictions on travel from the UK. These measures have been extended until 6pm (GMT+1) on 16 February 2021 (5pm / GMT in the Canary Islands), with the exception of Spanish nationals and those legally resident in Spain.

There are Almond Blossom Walks ongoing, but still no fiestas or romerías taking place.