Fiesta / Carnivals / Flower Carpets
The town of Candelaria, in south Tenerife, holds its carnival the week after the conclusion of the Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Puerto de la Cruz carnivals. The large square of the Basilica of the Virgin of Candelaria is the main stage this season and the venue of the gala for two most important acts, choosing the infant and adult queen as well as for the regional meeting of street musicians,. This is a carnival that is celebrated by local residents with the same joy and creativity that the rest of the island also enjoys.
Carnival Los Gigantes
For four days the tourist resort of Los Gigantes, in the southern municipality of Santiago del Teide, celebrates its own Carnival. In the same way as other municipalities of the island, this holiday is the weekend after the end of the carnival capital of the island. In the central square of La Bougainvillea the choosing of the infant and adult queen take place, costume contests, carnival groups performances, dances, parades and on the following Monday the unique burial of the sardine, which marks the end of the party.
Carnival Los Cristianos
The tourist resort of Playa de los Cristianos in the south of the island holds its own lively carnivals and activities, with a full program of events in the town streets. The choosing of both the infant and the adult queen takes place this taking place at their parties in a show that start s with those main acts. This carnival as with other towns on the island it is organised to not coincide with the carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Puerto de la Cruz, the date postponed until those ends.
Carnival Santa Cruz
Carnivals are the best known and celebrated festivals in the island, especially in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, the capital. For several days the colourful costumes and lively visitors flood the streets of the city with an extraordinary atmosphere. The feast of Santa Cruz begins the Friday before Mardi Gras with a spectacular parade and celebrations peak at night, when thousands of costumed revellers dance and have fun until the early hours the next day.
Burial of the Sardine
The burial of the sardine takes place on Ash Wednesday and consists of the parade off and subsequent burning of a giant reproduction of fish. This day, Tenerifians leave their flashy and colourful costumes and take the part of the “widow in mourning” mourning the loss of the sardine and with it the end of the carnival. The exaggerated cries of "widows", which are accompanied by some "irreverent" representatives of the clergy, are all a comedy. The burning of the sardine and the suspension of carnival until next year, with the exception of the weekend "piñata," unleashes a hilarious disconsolate cry.
International Folklore Show in El Medano – Third week in August
The International Folklore held in the southern town of El Medano, in the municipality of Granadilla de Abona, brings together performances by folklore groups from five continents, including some of the best groups in the Canaries. The event takes place every year during the third week of August and goes through one of the popular music festivals most important of which are held in the Canaries.
Dancing Wizards - Tenerife Holiday Tradition
In Adeje, in May
in Arona in January
in Garachico, in August
in San Cristobal de La Laguna in July
in La Orotava, in June
in Los Realejos in May
in Puerto de la Cruz in July
in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, in May
In the dances "magicians" of Tenerife are dressed in their traditional dress of men and women from the countryside and enjoy the music and traditional cuisine. So called because the magician is an expression, speech typical of the islands, meaning farmer. These dances are unique to different holidays in Tenerife and few municipalities that do not celebrate it, usually outdoors.Sometimes it is obligatory to wear the costume to enter the premises of the dance.
Pipe and tabor - Folklore Tradition Of Tenerife
The sound of one musician, with great skill, canary flute and drum is very common in folk events on Tenerife. The dance of the tapes of San Pedro in the town of Guimar, a dozen children dancing around a pole and the rhythm of the flute and the drum set the only musician is a significant example of this ancient tradition.
Corpus Carpets Festival - Tradition Of The Municipalities Of La Orotava And La Laguna
The feast of Corpus Christi is one of the oldest of all those held in Tenerife. During the month of June in various localities carpets are made with flowers and colored Teide sand. These carpets depict religious scenes with the procession that happens after the Blessed Sacrament.
In the town of La Laguna, and especially in La Orotava in the north of Tenerife, this festival has a higher profile. La Orotava, is unique in that it celebrates on the Eighth, and not the day of Corpus Christi. The carpets reach an exceptional degree of artistic merit, especially the ones located in front of the main facade of City Hall, nearly a thousand square meters in size . Carpets of La Orotava have achieved international renown and thousands of tourists every year come to this town to enjoy this special event.