This year’s Corpus Christi carpets in La Orotava will be on display on Thursday 27 June. The making of the famous alfombras form part of La Orotava’s fiestas patronales, the whole celebration being in honour of Corpus Christi, San Isidro Labrador and Santa María de La Cabeza, and the day of the carpets is one of La Orotava’s two municipal public holidays. The actual festival, however, lasts for several weeks and includes the town’s spectacular main romeria.

The carpets are world famous, and have held the Guinness World Record for the largest ephemeral carpet display in the world since 2006. This year, moreover, is a bit special because it’s the 100th anniversary of the carpet displays which are different and spectacular every year, and the 2019 design, unveiled today by the mayor of La Orotava, will incorporate some traditional practices used in the 1919 version itself.

The designs are brought to life with coloured earth from the Teide National Park by around 20 artisans from the specialist group Artearena (sand art), and this year pays tribute to the history of the practice by basing the design on The Word of God through the ages.

Source: Janet Anscombe 

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