Thursday, June 10, 2021

Corpus Christi and San Isidro in La Orotava

The Corpus Christi and San Isidro Labrador Festivities in La Orotava, which although this year will not be celebrated as is traditional, due to the current health situation, are taking place between May 15 and June 13, with a virtual program and some face-to-face events under the maximum control and sanitary protocol. 

This year, as with last, the Día de las Alfombras (Day of the Carpets) - due to have taken place today, June 10 - will not be celebrated with the customary carpets made of floral materials in the streets.

This year, there is to be a sand carpet in the plaza in front of the town hall and there have been floral carpets made in various private patios in the town - photos here.

The return of the great Corpus Christi carpet to the Plaza del Ayuntamiento de La Orotava allows the town to recover a fundamental part of the essence and splendour of its main festivals. Being able to visit, although in a restricted and organized way, the tapestry of Teide sand, has meant taking another step towards the old normality. With the pandemic still active and well present in this year's design, today is an atypical day of the Infraoctava del Corpus with only four carpets, a cloistered procession and masses with limited capacity.

During the day today a total of four carpets can be visited: The one in the square, until 9:00 p.m.; one that will be made in the hallway of Casa Monteverde, whose family started this tradition in the mid-nineteenth century at 6 Colegio Street; one in the courtyard of the Ephemeral Art Center of Las Alfombras de La Orotava, next to the Casa de los Balcones, and the one inside the Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de la Concepción

Likewise, the Romería in honour of San Isidro Labrador (San Isidro Labrador Pilgrimage) that would have taken place at the weekend, is once again suspended. 

On Sunday, 13 June, from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Town Hall Square, there will be an Exhibition of Traditional Elements of the Pilgrimage and the Carreta de la Romera Mayor (the decorated ox cart of the queen of the festivities). 

Full program (PDF) with some lovely pictures download here.