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Tenerife in June 2022

Día de las Alfombras (Carpet Day) in La Orotava

There are no public holidays in June and the biggest event of the month would usually be for Corpus Christi with the Día de las Alfombras (Carpet Day), this year taking place on 23 Jun 2022. This date, however, is also the Noche de San Juan (Eve of San Juan), which this year, unusually, also coincides with the start of carnival in the streets of Santa Cruz. Thursday, June 23, starting at 9:00 p.m., will be when, atypically, the revelries begin with the Burial of the Sardine.

Leading up to that, it is going to be a busy month with all of the carnival contests, which will kick off on Friday, 3 June with the Carnival Inauguration Gala.

Municipal holidays this month are: 
  • 13 June: Festivity of San Antonio de Padua in Granadilla de Abona
  • 23 June: Infraoctava of Corpus Christi in La Orotava (Carpet Day)
  • 24 June: Festivity of San Juan Bautista in Guía de Isora, Los Silos and San Juan de la Rambla
  • 29 June: Festivity of San Pedro Apóstol in El Sauzal and Güímar

Granadilla de Abona will again vibrate with the arrival of the Major Festivals in honor of San Antonio de Padua and Nuestra Señora del Rosario 2022. The celebrations begin to recover the normality lost as a result of the pandemic and with an extensive program of events for the whole family that has been presented by the mayor, José Domingo Regalado, and the Councillor for Culture and Festivals, Eudita Mendoza. Regalado highlighted that “the heart of the Historic Villa beats again with its festivities, an unmissable event that will once again flood the town with color and joy". He asserted that a wide variety of activities for the whole family have been organized with great care. He thanked the work and dedication of many hands that collaborate so that this popular event resumes and grows, and invited the population to join in. The grand gala for the election of the queen of the fiestas is on Friday, June 3, and will take place from 9:00 p.m., in Parque de Los Hinojeros (Los Hinojoros Park), with performances by comedians Kike Pérez and Aarón Gómez, the Añate Cultural Association and the singer Soraya Arnelas, as well as Kuliquitacas del Sur and Legacy Dance.

Highlighted are events with Canarian traditions, with the XXXII Canarian Craft and Gastronomy Fair on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 June, in the Plaza de San Antonio de Padua. The XLIV Pilgrimage in honor of San Antonio de Padua will take to the streets again on Sunday, June 5, after mass sung by the Parranda Chasnera, touring the main streets and ending in Parque de Los Hinojeros, where there will then be a party with the orchestras, Tropin, Wamampy, Sensación Gomera and the group 'Una hora menos'.

Music will once again take centre stage with the Ocho Orillas Festival on Saturday, June 4, with the participation of soloists Claudia Álamo, Luis Morera, Aarón Morales, Chago Melián, Isabel Padrón, Domingo 'El Colorao', Ciro Corujo and Almudena Hernandez. The multidisciplinary show 'Jazz, Wine and Poetry' is on Thursday, June 9; the Loka Urban Party, on Friday, June 10, with performances by Dj Zzoilo, Fabio, Dj Valdi, Elilluminari, Katty Mk, Yovinand Music and Mike Godlman, and a concert by the music band of the José Reyes Martín Cultural Society, on Saturday June 11, at the Casino XI de Junio, with the guest band from San Juan de la Rambla, the Alcaraván Artistic Association. That same day, starting at 10:00 p.m., there will be a concert by Manny Manuel and the La Sabrosa orchestra, ending with the ‘Maquinaria Band’ orchestra. The festivities will say goodbye until next year with a concert in honor of San Antonio de Padua, by Los Sabandeños, on Monday, June 13, at Los Hinojoros Park.

The Romería de San Isidro, is due to take place this Sunday, 5 June 2022, in the neighbourhood of Guamasa, part of San Cristóbal de La Laguna. If you love walks through misty and humid places that remind you of the English countryside; Places dotted with small towns, with cobbled streets, where green adorns and brightens up the black of the rain-soaked cobblestones; full of humble stone and wood houses where an old fireplace provides warmth when the temperatures drop and the humidity permeates our bones: a delicious hot soup and a good fire to warm up, come to the Paseo de las Acacias in Guamasa this Sunday to enjoy its Romería. Guamasa is an example of the rural history of La Laguna, where the gastronomic offer, the wine culture and the cultivation of cereals are part of the nature of its people.

Guamasa takes the name of a Guanche princess (a pre-Hispanic native of the island), whose story has come down to the present in the form of a tragic legend with different versions; One of them tells that Guamasa, daughter of Acaymo, the last Mencey (king) of Tacoronte, fell in love with the dashing young Teguaro. An impossible love due to the difference in lineage. They they escaped to a hidden place near the Aguere lagoon. When Acaymo found out, he was furious and the couple turned to Tejina, Guamasa's sister, to mediate with her father. Acaymo ended up accepting the relationship and the young couple got married, receiving a plain next to the Rodeos as a dowry. Shortly after the wedding, Teguaro became involeved with other women, which caused Acaymo to banish him. Tinguaro went to the mountains and one night lost his life when he fell into a ravine, while Guamasa died of loneliness and sadness in the plain that bears her name.

Legends aside Guamasa has been an area of great agricultural and livestock wealth since pre-Hispanic times: wheat, fruit trees, potatoes, vegetables, cows, goats, sheep, etc. Today, the area maintains its ancestral character and it is not uncommon to come across people on horseback. An outstanding place in Guamasa is the Las Acacias promenade, very close to the Boquerón descent, it is a paved and pedestrian path for a good part of its route.

One of the traditions that makes the people of Guamasa most proud is the local sport "Lucha Canaria" (Canarian wrestling) which in the area has a tradition of almost seven decades. From the gastronomic point of view, the offer is wide and varied, ranging from the typical guachinches to the most exquisite restaurants.

And one of the most important festivities in Guamasa is the Pilgrimage in honor of San Isidro Labrador, in June, to give thanks for the fruits of the harvest.

Guamasa arranca este jueves con las fiestas y romería en honor a San Isidro Labrador 2022 | Guamasa leyenda, Paseo de Las Acacias y Romería de San Isidro

This 'Ruta de los Tajinastes en Flor' (Route of the Tajinastes in Flower), in the Teide National Park, on June 10, is for people over 55 years of age. Registration will be open from May 20 to June 8 at the website of Granadilla Council. Although, obviously, qualifying persons will need a good knowledge of Spanish for this activity.

That said, the announcement reminded me that it is the season to see the Tajinaste (Tenerife bugloss) or Echium wildpretii, which is a species endemic to the Canary Islands, and is found mainly on Mount Teide in Tenerife.

So, whether you join this walk, look out for a commercial excursion or drive up to the national park independently, it's definitely worth putting on your bucket list.

Oh and I love the plant is referred to as a Tower of Jewels (Via). So very apt.

Puerto de la Cruz extols the traditions from June 21 to 24 in the San Juan festivities. Puerto de la Cruz is where to find many of the customs for midsummer in Tenerife and this year those celebrations are back, including the music and bonfires on the beach. The Department of Culture of the City Council of Puerto de la Cruz has designed a festive program with the aim of publicizing the ancient traditions of the San Juan festivities and encouraging the participation of residents and visitors on one of the key dates in the calendar.

Every year, in time for the festivities of San Juan (Saint John), all of the water fountains in the town are decorated with flowers, fruit and vegetables. The Chorros Enramados (Decorated Fountains) - similar to well dressing in England - begins on the evening of 22 June, with the 23 June being the one day to view these displays. These water sources were very important when they were installed in the 19th Century and are celebrated. Map of the locations.

On the evening of 23rd June, on Playa Jardin, Noche de San Juan (Eve of San Juan) is celebrated, which brings together pagan rituals and the Hogueras de San Juan (Bonfires of Saint John) with an open-air festival on the beach. For this year, Grupo Caracoles will begin the entertainment at 8:30 p.m. and the bonfires will be lit at 9:30 p.m. Grupo Tigaray will carry on the party from 10:30 p.m. Another stage will be set up on the esplanade of the Casa de la Aduana (Old Customs House) where the public will be able to enjoy a live performance by Arístides Moreno and the 101 Brass Band from 9:00 p.m.

Closing the festive circle, at 8 a.m. in the morning Friday, 24th June 2022, watch the baño de las cabras as 300+ goats get their annual, ritual bath in the waters of the old fishing port, one of the most identifying traditions in Puerto's history and also one of the oldest in the Canary Islands; a ritual of Guanche origin that was recovered at the beginning of the eighties and that the Department of Culture supports year after year with the celebration of multiple activities, not only on the beach but in the rest of the municipality.

Folklore, traditional games, examples of native sports will be the culmination of a few days in which identity and traditions take on more importance than ever and are reinforced from Puerto de la Cruz.

Puerto de la Cruz ensalza las tradiciones del 21 al 24 de junio en las fiestas de San Juan

After two years without celebrations, the coastal town of Tabaiba Baja will revive the festivities in honour of San Juan Bautista on Thursday, June 23. This year, in addition to the traditional sardinada and the popular floating bonfire, the cave located in front of the Charco de Tabaiba - Piscina Natural de Tabaiba (Natural Swimming Pool) is added as an altar for the Icon of Saint John the Baptist, a carving that a group of residents from the area have kept for years in the absence of an appropriate place where it could be exhibited.

This event, which can be described as historic, will be celebrated with a Eucharist and a small procession along the Avenida Marítima. The night of June 23 will be enlivened by radio Rumberos FM broadcasting live, the batucada and percussion of Mambisa and the Reve group. To end the night, there will be a fireworks display that this year will, for the first time, have a low noise impact.

From 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 23, the Eve of San Juan, the party will move to the Avenida Marítima and the Charco de Tabaiba with the religious celebration. At nightfall, around 9:00 p.m., events begin with a sardinada, the musical show by the Mambisa group and the traditional lighting of the floating bonfire by divers from the Diving Club El Pejín, scheduled for 11:00 p.m.

Both from the Tabaiba Festival Commission and from the El Rosario Council, emphasis is placed on the need to go to the area of ​​Avenida Marítima well in advance due to the nature of the streets of Tabaiba and its lack of parking and are asking people not to try to access the limited area in vehicles and to do so on foot from Avenida Marítima itself or by descending the stairs of Calle Bélgica.

The night of San Juan is celebrated Thursday, June 23, with two large bonfires at two points along the municipality's coastline. The Council of Granadilla de Abona, through its Department of Culture and Festivals, has organized for this magical night the traditional lighting of the fogaleras (bonfires) and various musical performances.

This special day with which the summer solstice is celebrated, will have two bonfires that will be located on the central beach of Médano and on the large beach of Los Abrigos; any other bonfires in bathing areas are totally prohibited.

In El Médano, from 7:30 p.m., there will be parades with batucada and the Guajeiros and Kuliquitacas del Sur comparsas along the Picacho promenade, and there will be a performance, in the central square, by DJ Fabrizio, from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. As the final touch to the event, the groups 'Ni un Pelo de Tonto' and 'Los Lola' will go on stage. In Los Abrigos, starting at 9:00 p.m., the batucada ‘Guajeiros’ will perform next to the bonfire.

Also, from the Security area, from the night of June 23 to 24, the security device will be extended with the essential purpose of ensuring security and that the night takes place without incident. On the other hand, from the City Council, through the General Services area and the public company Sermugran, they send a message to the people who will meet on this special night, asking for greater involvement and environmental awareness to care for the environment and that, together, let's collaborate in the collection of waste and thus avoid the state in which the environment is left on other occasions.

Design for the main carpet in the Town Hall Square in 2022

Thursday, 23 June 2022, is the Día de las Alfombras, (Day of the Corpus Christi Carpets) in La Orotava, with 35 flower carpets made in the streets, as well as the tapestry in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento, made with sand from the Teide National Park, and this year, also with ashes from the La Palma volcano. In the Program of the Fiestas (PDF) there is a list and plan of the route.

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.

La Orotava is ready to celebrate its patron saint festivities with more than a hundred events, culminating on June 27 with the Battle of Polkas, after the Romería in honour of San Isidro Labrador and Santa María de la Cabeza 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.

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.

These popular events bring to end these emblematic festivities: The Baile de Magos (Country Dance), on Friday June 24; 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, more popular every year.

On Saturday, June 25, the popular and traditional Festivities Cattle Fair is celebrated in the La Orotava, in honor of the Patron Saints, San Isidro Labrador and Santa María de la Cabeza. In this edition, details the councillor for Agriculture and Livestock, Alexis Pacheco, there will be more than 1,200 head of cattle: a thousand goats and sheep, a hundred head of cattle, fifty horses and mules, as well as specimens of black pig and farmyard animals (hens and rabbits), as well as the La Orotava Farmer's Market. Among others, there will be stands of honey, artisanal cheeses, confectionery, traditional carpentry; embossing of metals; chiselling; leather goods; ceramics and pottery; basketry; puppets and dolls. In addition, there will be several exhibitions of hunting dogs and pigeons.

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