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 of a competition between El Pico, Calle Arriba and Calle Abajo, streets in Tejina, a quaint little town in La Laguna municipality. Los corazones de Tejina – the hearts of Tejina – are created from natural products including wood, flowers, fruit, and even bread, and are part of the town’s fiesta of San Bartolomé.

Tenerife Turismo says that the festival is a unique event in Tenerife, with Tejina filled with music, flowers, smaller hearts, a fair, competitions, traditional food and dancing. The main events, though, are the romeria, fireworks and the raising and procession of the hearts through the town over the weekend culminating in Sunday 1 September. This is one of the most colourful and dramatic traditions in Tenerife, and certainly one that’s very old, and it has been declared a Heritage of Cultural Interest.

Source: Janet Anscombe
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Updated 7am: The Vilaflor fire is under control this morning, Bomberos confirm. Brifor (forestry brigade) continues to monitor to ensure no fresh outbreaks occur while the fire is being finally extinguished. Updated 8.30pm: The Vilaflor/San Miguel fire has been...

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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 area, and the shops will remain open late into the evening until the music takes over into the early hours. The fiesta starts on Thursday 22 August but the final day, Sunday 25th, is the main day centred around the harbour, with the embarkation of the virgin’s statue followed by fireworks.

 

Source: Janet Anscombe

Windsurfer dies at El Médano

Windsurfer dies at El Médano

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Fire in Vilaflor barranco under control

Fire in Vilaflor barranco under control

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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
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Jadel in concert in El Médano this Friday

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Updated 20 June: A varied weekend this, starting today with the last couple of days of the International Festival of Latin Jazz and Ritmos del Mundo, both in Golf Costa Adeje  as part of the Summer Sounds of Adeje. Also already underway and continuing until Sunday is...

Summer solstice at Güímar Pyramids Friday 21 June

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Summer sounds in Adeje

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Adeje Ayuntamiento has announced a series of summer concerts with classical, contemporary and jazz just some of the sounds that will fill the air this summer.All of these concerts are taking place in the open air, in Golf Costa Adeje. As already advertised, Il Divo...

Natura Salud 2019

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Natura Salud is the largest health and wellbeing fair in the Canaries, and the 11th edition will be held in the Recinto Ferial in Santa Cruz between 20 and 22 September. Apart from being a benchmark for professionals, it is a great opportunity for the public too to...

Alcalá Feria de Artesanía 30 May

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The traditional annual Alcalá arts and crafts fair will take place on Thursday 30 May, as usual on the Día de Canarias, Canarian Day. It will be held in the main square, the Plaza del Llano, where some twenty artisans and crafters will have stalls, and is always a...

Bavarian week and Oktoberfest in Puerto de la Cruz

Bavarian week and Oktoberfest in Puerto de la Cruz

The Plaza de Europa will be the focus of Puerto de la Cruz’ annual Oktoberfest on Friday 30 August and Sunday 1 September. The square and its surrounding streets will be full of stalls of beer and food, accompanied by live traditional German music and dancing.  It won’t be hard to find for those who don’t know the town because of the crowds, but Plaza de Europa is on the front near the original harbour with the fisherwoman statute.

 

Source; Janet Anscombe

Windsurfer dies at El Médano

Windsurfer dies at El Médano

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Fire in Vilaflor barranco under control

Fire in Vilaflor barranco under control

Updated 7am: The Vilaflor fire is under control this morning, Bomberos confirm. Brifor (forestry brigade) continues to monitor to ensure no fresh outbreaks occur while the fire is being finally extinguished. Updated 8.30pm: The Vilaflor/San Miguel fire has been...

Playa San Juan’s Virgen del Carmen fiesta will see fireworks tonight and the embarkation tomorrow morning

Playa San Juan’s Virgen del Carmen fiesta will see fireworks tonight and the embarkation tomorrow morning

Photo: Guía de Isora Ayuntamiento.

The always popular Virgen del Carmen fiesta in Playa San Juan will see fireworks tonight around midnight and, tomorrow morning, the Embarkation of the Virgen in the little boats that will sail her around the harbour area and coastline from around 11am. For more information about the Virgen del Carmen and the summer season of fiestas, please see HERE.

Source; Janet Anscombe

Windsurfer dies at El Médano

Windsurfer dies at El Médano

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Fire in Vilaflor barranco under control

Fire in Vilaflor barranco under control

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Annual Los Abrigos Beer Festival

Annual Los Abrigos Beer Festival

It’s now a regular, and very successful, date in the Los Abrigos calendar since it started back in 2010, and this year’s Los Abrigos Beer Festival will be held on Saturday 24 August, as part of Granadilla’s Sansofé 2019. It will be held as usual in the Paseo Marítimo and is once again organized by the Asociación de Empresarios y Comerciantes de Los Abrigos. It’s another full day, starting at midday and going on until 2am Sunday morning!

Source: Janet Anscombe 

Windsurfer dies at El Médano

Windsurfer dies at El Médano

A windsurfer died this lunchtime in El Médano. Emergency services say that they were called out at a quarter past one by lifeguards reporting that they needed assistance after pulling the man from the sea unconscious and finding him in cardiac arrest. Depiste their...

Fire in Vilaflor barranco under control

Fire in Vilaflor barranco under control

Updated 7am: The Vilaflor fire is under control this morning, Bomberos confirm. Brifor (forestry brigade) continues to monitor to ensure no fresh outbreaks occur while the fire is being finally extinguished. Updated 8.30pm: The Vilaflor/San Miguel fire has been...

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