Carnaval 2020

Carnaval 2020

Once again we’re looking ahead to Carnaval, with the poster unveiled tonight for Santa Cruz 2020. It’s this one, designed by Javier Nóbrega, for a carnival based on the theme of the Flirty Fifties (Los Coquetos Años 50). The poster was commissioned this year, rather than put out to public competition, and it even has an animated version HERE!

The full website for the carnival, which takes place between 19 February and 1 March, with all details of events and complete programmes in due course is HERE.

La Laguna Noche en Blanco 2019

La Laguna Noche en Blanco 2019

    Photo: Turismo. It’s now an established annual event in the run up to Christmas that attracts people to La Laguna in their hundreds of thousands, and this year’s Noche en Blanco will take place on Saturday 16 November. The previous occasions have been enormous...

Carnaval 2020

Carnaval 2020

Once again we’re looking ahead to Carnaval, with the poster unveiled tonight for Santa Cruz 2020. It’s this one, designed by Javier Nóbrega, for a carnival based on the theme of the Flirty Fifties (Los Coquetos Años 50). The poster was commissioned this year, rather...

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Fiestas Patronales in Candelaria start today, with Guanche re-enactment on 14 August, and public holiday on 15th

Fiestas Patronales in Candelaria start today, with Guanche re-enactment on 14 August, and public holiday on 15th

Nuestra Señora de Candelaria, La Morenita, the black Virgin Mary, is the patron saint of the Canary Islands with an official public holiday in Tenerife in February since she is also specifially Tenerife’s patron saint. And if La Morenita is associated with anywhere in Tenerife, it’s Candelaria itself, with the town’s fiestas patronales taking place from today until 18 August.

August 15 is itself a Canaries-wide public holiday for Asunción (Assumption of the Virgin Mary into Heaven) and the focal point is the celebration and veneration in Candelaria of the Virgin in her personification as La Morenita in the basilica built on the site where the original Guanche inhabitants of the islands worshipped. The tradition is said to have started when two Guanche shepherds found a wooden image on a Güímar beach; the icon was identifed as a representation of the native goddess Chaxiraxi, and was worshipped devoutly. When the Spanish conquered the Canaries in the second half of the 15th century, they found this tradition alive and well in Candelaria. It was said to date back a hundred years, hence the traditional date of in 1390 given for the original Guanche vision.

The Christian invaders, however, told the Guanches that their goddess was really the Virgin Mary, and so Chaxiraxi was transformed and redeified as the Virgen de Candelaria. The current church dates to 1959, and is set to one side of the Dominican monastery built in the 16th century: the hermitage dates to 1803 after the original building was destroyed by fire. The cave where the Guanches worshipped their native goddess is still nearby, though the little wooden icon itself was lost during torrential rains in 1826. Next to the plaza outside the complex are the larger-than-life bronze statues of the nine Guanche Menceyes, rulers of the kingdoms of Tenerife before the Spanish arrived: it is one of Tenerife’s “Unmissables” – see HERE.

The celebrations on the 15th include a religious Mass televised live from the basilica and attended by public figures which have included even Spanish royalty, either in person or by representation. It is the evening of the 14th, though, that has become most famous for the annual re-enactment of the discovery of that original wooden icon. It is hugely popular, drawing massive crowds, and indeed the whole celebration in Candelaria draws groups of walkers from all over the island, who come over Teide, mountain paths, minor roads, and even along the motorways, to Candelaria in a famous and much revered pilgrimage. The video below is from Canarian television coverage in 2014.

Source: Janet Anscombe
La Laguna Noche en Blanco 2019

La Laguna Noche en Blanco 2019

    Photo: Turismo. It’s now an established annual event in the run up to Christmas that attracts people to La Laguna in their hundreds of thousands, and this year’s Noche en Blanco will take place on Saturday 16 November. The previous occasions have been enormous...

Walk for life 2019

Walk for life 2019

    Preparations have already been long underway for this year’s Walk for Life, which will be held on Sunday 15 December. Last year, a record-breaking pink wave of 5,200 including the mayors of both Arona and Adeje took part, raising €35.500, and this event just keeps...

Thursday 15 August is a public holiday

Thursday 15 August is a public holiday

Just a reminder that this Thursday, 15 August, is a public holiday for Asunción (Assumption of the Virgin Mary into Heaven), the fiestas patronales for the whole island, and the focal point of the celebrations is the veneration of the Virgin in Candelaria itself – see...

Los Corazones de Tejina

Los Corazones de Tejina

Photo: Turismo Tenerife. In a similar vein to the Los Realejos fireworks in May, another Tenerife town has a competition between streets. During this month, three huge hearts – each one 12 metres tall and not far off the weight of a small car – will be the centrepiece...

Las Galletas’ celebrates San Casiano fiesta

Las Galletas’ celebrates San Casiano fiesta

Las Galletas is shortly to start its fiesta in honour of San Casiano, the town’s second major fiesta of each year in addition to its Virgen del Carmen celebrations in July. The August fiesta will again see the town taken over by the festivities, especially the Rambla...

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Election Called Over Budget

Election Called Over Budget

Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has called a general election on 28 April. Sánchez is leader of the socialist party, PSOE, which has been in minority Government since a vote of No Confidence last summer (see HERE), and as we saw only a week ago with the proposed...

Environmental Restoration

Environmental Restoration

Updated 12 February 2019: The Canarian Government’s Environment Department has initiated procedures to declare areas around the Taucho shooting range to be “contaminated”. The measure was taken at the end of last month and follows denuncias, studies and checks last...

KittyCatz fundraiser for young and sick cats at Yates Bar 1 June

KittyCatz fundraiser for young and sick cats at Yates Bar 1 June

KittyCatz are a small group of volunteers helping young and sick cats, and they are holding a fundraiser in Yates Bar in CC Starco in Plya de las Américas feom 1pm on Saturday 1 June. There will be a range of entertainments and prizes, including a “best dressed” award!

 

Source: Janet Anscombe

La Laguna Noche en Blanco 2019

La Laguna Noche en Blanco 2019

    Photo: Turismo. It’s now an established annual event in the run up to Christmas that attracts people to La Laguna in their hundreds of thousands, and this year’s Noche en Blanco will take place on Saturday 16 November. The previous occasions have been enormous...

Walk for life 2019

Walk for life 2019

    Preparations have already been long underway for this year’s Walk for Life, which will be held on Sunday 15 December. Last year, a record-breaking pink wave of 5,200 including the mayors of both Arona and Adeje took part, raising €35.500, and this event just keeps...

Thursday 15 August is a public holiday

Thursday 15 August is a public holiday

Just a reminder that this Thursday, 15 August, is a public holiday for Asunción (Assumption of the Virgin Mary into Heaven), the fiestas patronales for the whole island, and the focal point of the celebrations is the veneration of the Virgin in Candelaria itself – see...

Los Corazones de Tejina

Los Corazones de Tejina

Photo: Turismo Tenerife. In a similar vein to the Los Realejos fireworks in May, another Tenerife town has a competition between streets. During this month, three huge hearts – each one 12 metres tall and not far off the weight of a small car – will be the centrepiece...

Las Galletas’ celebrates San Casiano fiesta

Las Galletas’ celebrates San Casiano fiesta

Las Galletas is shortly to start its fiesta in honour of San Casiano, the town’s second major fiesta of each year in addition to its Virgen del Carmen celebrations in July. The August fiesta will again see the town taken over by the festivities, especially the Rambla...

ARN Culture Pride music festival in Playa de las Américas 18-23 June

ARN Culture Pride music festival in Playa de las Américas 18-23 June

ARN Culture & Business Pride will see Playa de las Américas turned into a real party venue for a while next month. Every night from Tuesday 18th to Sunday 23rd June there will a wide range of entertainments, parties, concerts, art and fashion events and much more, all orientated to the LGTBIQ community. This is the third time the event has been held here, and organizers stress that this is not devoted to the gay community but they hope all the public will take part and enjoy the itinerary, and increase interest and understanding in the process. Arona Ayuntamiento says that after last year’s success, the event is now instantly among  the top ten such events internationally.

This year, there’ll be some keeping up to do since the former Olympic athlete Caitlyn Jenner will be attending! In a first visit to Spain, Jenner will be presented with the Alan Turing LGTBIQ award for commitment to the visibility of the trans collective. The festival itself will maintain the same format as the first two editions which have made it a benchmark of international and accessible gatherings of the most diverse perspectives. There is full information about the festival on the dedicated website HERE and there is a Facebook page for the event HERE.

Source: Janet Anscombe

La Laguna Noche en Blanco 2019

La Laguna Noche en Blanco 2019

    Photo: Turismo. It’s now an established annual event in the run up to Christmas that attracts people to La Laguna in their hundreds of thousands, and this year’s Noche en Blanco will take place on Saturday 16 November. The previous occasions have been enormous...

Walk for life 2019

Walk for life 2019

    Preparations have already been long underway for this year’s Walk for Life, which will be held on Sunday 15 December. Last year, a record-breaking pink wave of 5,200 including the mayors of both Arona and Adeje took part, raising €35.500, and this event just keeps...

Thursday 15 August is a public holiday

Thursday 15 August is a public holiday

Just a reminder that this Thursday, 15 August, is a public holiday for Asunción (Assumption of the Virgin Mary into Heaven), the fiestas patronales for the whole island, and the focal point of the celebrations is the veneration of the Virgin in Candelaria itself – see...

Los Corazones de Tejina

Los Corazones de Tejina

Photo: Turismo Tenerife. In a similar vein to the Los Realejos fireworks in May, another Tenerife town has a competition between streets. During this month, three huge hearts – each one 12 metres tall and not far off the weight of a small car – will be the centrepiece...

Las Galletas’ celebrates San Casiano fiesta

Las Galletas’ celebrates San Casiano fiesta

Las Galletas is shortly to start its fiesta in honour of San Casiano, the town’s second major fiesta of each year in addition to its Virgen del Carmen celebrations in July. The August fiesta will again see the town taken over by the festivities, especially the Rambla...

Expomotor 2019 – Tenerife’s largest motor show to be held in San Isidro on 18 May

Expomotor 2019 – Tenerife’s largest motor show to be held in San Isidro on 18 May

Granadilla Ayuntamiento says that this Saturday’s Expomotor 2019 in San Isidro will be the biggest car show of the year in Tenerife. The event will include a huge variety of vehicles on show, offer prize draws and complementary activities, rally simulators, an “overturning” simulator, classic cars, as well as exhibition stalls from the likes of driving schools and motor insurers, and a motor-related play and activity area for children. It will be open to the public between 10am and 6pm in calle Cuevas Cho Portada which runs alongside the TF1.

Source: Janet Anscombe

La Laguna Noche en Blanco 2019

La Laguna Noche en Blanco 2019

    Photo: Turismo. It’s now an established annual event in the run up to Christmas that attracts people to La Laguna in their hundreds of thousands, and this year’s Noche en Blanco will take place on Saturday 16 November. The previous occasions have been enormous...

Walk for life 2019

Walk for life 2019

    Preparations have already been long underway for this year’s Walk for Life, which will be held on Sunday 15 December. Last year, a record-breaking pink wave of 5,200 including the mayors of both Arona and Adeje took part, raising €35.500, and this event just keeps...

Thursday 15 August is a public holiday

Thursday 15 August is a public holiday

Just a reminder that this Thursday, 15 August, is a public holiday for Asunción (Assumption of the Virgin Mary into Heaven), the fiestas patronales for the whole island, and the focal point of the celebrations is the veneration of the Virgin in Candelaria itself – see...

Los Corazones de Tejina

Los Corazones de Tejina

Photo: Turismo Tenerife. In a similar vein to the Los Realejos fireworks in May, another Tenerife town has a competition between streets. During this month, three huge hearts – each one 12 metres tall and not far off the weight of a small car – will be the centrepiece...

Las Galletas’ celebrates San Casiano fiesta

Las Galletas’ celebrates San Casiano fiesta

Las Galletas is shortly to start its fiesta in honour of San Casiano, the town’s second major fiesta of each year in addition to its Virgen del Carmen celebrations in July. The August fiesta will again see the town taken over by the festivities, especially the Rambla...

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