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Fiestas in Canary Islands

Canary fiestas to celebrate identities

Danza de los Enanos de La Palma
La Danza de los Enanos, Santa Cruz de La Palma.

The Canarian festivities are one of the most genuine expressions of the liveliness of the culture and soul of the islanders. They are inheritances, formulas of collective authentication, and, of course, different and original ways of having fun, socializing and claiming traditions and legacies.

The oldest Canarian festivities are, of course, those that sink their roots in the pre-Hispanic past, which, despite the time, still retain diffuse features of their origins, as with the Fiesta del Charco on the island of Gran Canaria or with the beñesmer who, with different orientations, try to recover sports and recreational activities of the ancient canaries.

However, carnivals are the most celebrated and internationalized Canarian festivals, such as Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Although, if it is about finding the essences of the traditions, you have to go to the local carnivals that live in the Canaries in family and go through neighborhoods. The Arrival of the Indians of the Santa Cruz de La Palma carnival is an example of a Canarian carnival party whose increasing popularity has broken the barriers of localisms.

Striking, popular, genuine and very followed are a series of island celebrations such as the Fusco Horses of Tazacorte and Fuencaliente, in La Palma; the Bajada de la Rama, the ones brought from the water and the mud, that of the Cursed Dog, in Gran Canaria, or the one from Las Tablas de San Andrés, in Icod de los Vinos, in Tenerife.

Bailarines de Tamaduste El Hierro
Danzantes de Tamaduste, El Hierro.

Religious celebrations are also very popular, that of Holy Week with all its imagery, such as that experienced in Vegueta and Triana, in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, in La Laguna and in La Orotava in Tenerife and in Santa Cruz de La Palma.

Romerías y bajadas

But even more followed are the descents of the virgins and the pilgrimages. Popular courtships such as those of Teror, in Gran Canaria, La Candelaria or San Benito in Tenerife, pilgrimages such as the Dolores in Lanzarote, the Virgen de la Peña in Fuerteventura, Las Nieves, in La Palma, the Virgen de los Reyes in El Hierro or Guadalupe in La Gomera.

Nor should we lose sight of the Canarian celebrations that recall unique historical events as happens with La Gesta on July 25 of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, which recreates the victory over British weapons and Nelson in 1797 or the Battle of Tamasite in Fuerteventura against the same English, two previous generations, in 1740.

Every neighborhood, every town, every town or city in the Canary Islands keeps the legacy, alive, always changing of its festivities as a treasure, adapted to the demands of the times and of an audience that wants to feel marked in those localities where the city also lives. Canarian identity.

Romería de Tegueste
Romería de Tegueste, en Tenerife.


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