Thursday, June 16, 2022

Major Festivals of La Orotava 2022

Romería de San Isidro Labrador, la más bonita de Canarias

The festivities will take place over 47 days, although the Big Week is from June 20 to 26, this year in which the traditional and popular festivals return after the pandemic.

The town of La Orotava is ready to celebrate its patron saint festivities that will run for 47 days in which more than a hundred events will take place and that will culminate on June 27 with the celebration of the Battle of Polkas, after having the Romería in honor of San Isidro Labrador and Santa María de la Cabeza held the day before. 

The Big Week of the San Isidro Labrador festivities begins on Monday, June 20 with the traditional Recital of Los Sabandeños in the Plaza Franchy Alfaro, and continues on Tuesday, June 21 with the reading of the proclamation, this year by the journalist and director of the newspaper Diario de Avisos, Agustín M. González Martín, entitled "News and historical milestones of the Very Noble and Loyal Villa de La Orotava". On Wednesday, June 22, the presentation of the 2021 Wine Harvest of the Valle de La Orotava Designation of Origin will take place on Avenida Mercedes Pinto. Advance sale will be made the days before by the Regulatory Council, in the Parque cultural Doña Chana.

The big day of the festivities in La Orotava is the 'Thursday of the Carpets', the day of the Infraoctave of Corpus Christi, one of the most significant days for the townsfolk (June 23). It starts at 7:00 a.m. with the ringing of bells, and the celebration of the Eucharist with the attendance of the carpet makers, to proceed later with the making of floral tapestries through the streets of the historic centre. Throughout the day thousands of people will visit the town, not only to enjoy the 35 flower carpets that will be made in the streets of the town, but also the great tapestry of the Plaza del Ayuntamiento, made with sand from the Teide National Park, and this year, with ashes from the La Palma volcano. At 6:30 p.m. the solemn Eucharist will be celebrated in which there will be ecclesiastical authorities such as the Auxiliary Bishop of Valladolid and General Secretary of the Spanish Episcopal Conference, Luis Javier Argüello García, and the Bishop of the Nivariense Diocese, Bernardo Álvarez Afonso. There will also be representatives of the Government of the Canary Islands, the Cabildo de Tenerife and various municipalities of Tenerife, who will also participate in the subsequent procession of the Blessed Sacrament along the carpeted route.

With the popular acts of the weekend it will be possible to end these emblematic festivities. The Baile de Magos (Country Dance), on Friday June 24, with four different spaces; the cattle fair, the Subida de los Santos Patronos and the display of fireworks and the Son 21 concert; on Saturday June 25; and on Sunday, June 26, the great pilgrimage will take place in honor of San Isidro Labrador and Santa Maria de la Cabeza. This year, the final point of the Orotava festivities will be the celebration of the fourth edition of the Battle of Polkas, on Monday, June 27, an event that has greater impact every year.