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Wednesday, February 02, 2022

Virgen de la Candelaria (Candlemas)

Virgen de la Candelaria in Candelaria, Tenerife

February 2, the Feast of the Virgen de la Candelaria, the Patroness of the Canary Islands and a public holiday on the island of Tenerife, is celebrated with the Eucharist presided over by the Bishop of the Diocese of San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Bernardo Álvarez, sung by the Orfeón La Paz de La Laguna and broadcast live by Mírame Televisión at 12:00 p.m.

The bishop's mass is again this year the central axis of the festivity that, due to the pandemic, will be without the emotional procession of Las Candelas, which is usually held on the eve of the festivity, nor the procession around the square today, nor the pilgrimage along the Camino Viejo coming from the area metropolitan area, not even the act of the presentation of the children born during the last year before the Virgin. The festival of Candelaria will once again be reduced almost to family and even more so when today is expected to be a bleak day with rain and wind, according to the weather forecast.

The midday Eucharist will not be the only mass of the day, as the traditional ones at 8:10 in the morning and at 6:00 in the afternoon are maintained, in case any pilgrim does not find accommodation at noon. In the afternoon, the Tafuriaste Cultural Association will make an offering of drumbeats and pay their respects to the Patron Saint of the Canary Islands. The next day the festival of San Blas (Saint Blaise) will be celebrated and on Sunday, the 6th, there will be a parade and a floral offering by musical group La Candelaria, from Arafo


The festival of La Candelaria, Las Candelas or La Luz (Candlemas) - despite not being the island's patron saint, which is the Virgen de Los Remedios - has been a holiday throughout the island of Tenerife since 2004, and with it the municipality that hosts the Morenita. It has been prepared to receive hundreds of pilgrims, although not the four or five thousand who, without a pandemic, have attended the traditional procession of Las Candelas or on the day of the Virgin itself. The health regulations that we are obliged to comply with not only reduce the acts, but also curb the desire to pilgrimage of many faithful. However, taking advantage of a non-working day, since yesterday afternoon small groups of pilgrims were seen along the so-called Camino Viejo or Camino de la Virgen. Contrary to what happened in August, this path is not closed or prohibited, although only permitted in small groups.

Although the arrival of pilgrims and faithful is lower than that of August 15, today is also a great day for Candelaria, a municipality that owes its name to that wood carving that found the Guanches on the beach of Chimisay, in Güímar. Since then, Candelaria has lived inextricably attached to this religious image, so much so that a good part of its commerce and restaurants are associated with the presence of the Patron Saint, who today will wear one of her spectacular, richly decorated light blue cloaks. The Virgin of Candelaria celebrates two great festivals (February 2 and August 15). It was from 1714, as a result of the death of five women at the summit in the cold, when the pilgrimage of the faithful was moved to August, according to the official chronicler of the municipality, Octavio Rodríguez.

La COVID obliga al recogimiento en el día de la Patrona de Canarias