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Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Fiestas de Fátima: Arona prepares for the festivities, dances and romería

The Fiestas de Fátima in Arona are back. Two years of waiting have been too long, but finally, in Valle San Lorenzo everything is ready to once again celebrate one of the most popular festivals in the entire southern region and particularly with the residents of Arona: the Festivals in honor of Our Lady of Fátima, organized by the the town hall, in coordination with the Valle San Lorenzo Festival Commission.

The Fiestas de Fátima return with a very complete program that runs from May 1 to 31, and that can be consulted on the official website, however, three events stand out: 

On May 13, the Baile de Magos (Dance in traditional dress) will take place in the Plaza de San Lorenzo starting at 10:00 p.m., with performances by various folk groups from the municipality and guests. 

The next day, May 14, a unique event will take place: the commemoration of the 400 years of the Valle San Lorenzo Parish Community. It will take place after the solemn Eucharist and, to close the night, the first verbena (open-air dance) will be held in Arona since 2020 with the orchestras Sensación Gomera and Los Ideales in the town square.

On the big day of the Fiestas de Fátima, on May 15, starting at 12:30 p.m., the Romería de Fátima returns, with its traditional route to La Centinela, where the floral offering and blessing to the municipality and its inhabitants will be made. The first image of Our Lady of Fátima arrived in 1950, the date on which the pilgrimage began, which has become one of the most deeply rooted traditions in the municipality, gaining strength in 1973, already converted into a pilgrimage of more than 3 kilometres.

And after the pilgrimage comes the Great Dance of the Fátima Festivities, enlivened by orchestra Wamampy and by the Los Ideales group. During the verbena, awards will be given to the carts and floats that participated in the popular pilgrimage.

Other scheduled events include, in addition to religious acts, the contest for decorating balconies and facades; exhibitions of traditional costumes and photographs (Fridays and Saturdays from 08:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.), the domino tournament and folk music.