Are you looking for something fun, exciting and different to do during your summer holiday in Gran Canaria this year?
Well we have just the thing for you – A Fiesta, Canarian style!
Below is a selection of great celebrations taking place this summer in Gran Canaria. If you’re lucky enough to be visiting Gran Canaria during any of these fiestas why not join in and take the opportunity to immerse yourself in this colourful and warm culture.
Come join in the fiesta and celebrate in true Canarian style!
Bajada de la Rama – 5th August 2011
A rather unusual festival, celebrated throughout the coastal towns and beaches of Gran Canaria, specifically in Agaete in the north of the island. Locals pay reverence to their ancestors’ practice of calling to the saints for much needed rainfall after the dry summer months.
In the past, natives climbed the mountain forests, bringing branches down to beat the surface of the sea, in an attempt to encourage rain. Today locals gather on the beaches for a spot of modern day sea- beating, still with the hope of encouraging rain.
Fiesta del Pino – from 7th September 2011
The celebrations of Fiesta del Pino take place over a two-week period, and is one of Gran Canaria’s largest festivals, in honour of Nuestra Señora del Pino or Our Lady of the Pines – the islands patron saint.
Whilst many villages around the island celebrate this holy festival, the principal celebrations take place in the islands religious capital, Teror, also famous for its charming balcony lined cobbled streets.
Thousands of pilgrims gather from all over the island, after long marches of penance and petitions, to pay homage to their saint, as her icon is paraded around the streets.
Fiesta del Charco – September 11th 2011
This festival is celebrated in La Aldea de San Nicolás, a small, though busy fishing village on the islands west coast, so far unaffected by mass tourism.
The Fiesta del Charco or Party of the Pond, is a unique fiesta, where locals relive ancient traditions, related to the aboriginal islanders fishing techniques of drugging the fish with the sap of indigenous plants, to make them easier to catch.
Nowadays thousands of partygoers jostle to plunge themselves into the pond in the vain hope of catching a sea creature for their supper!
NOTE: Fiesta dates supplied by Gran Canaria official tourist board website www.grancanaria.com
Dates can be subject to change.
For more information on excursions, car hire or bus routes pop along to the Anfi Vacation Club office situated next to Club Monte Anfi Reception.
Tel: (+34) 928 062 444 or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or click right here to access our online virtual catalogue.
The 1st of May, is both International Workers’ Day and May Day, a public holiday in many countries.
In Spain, the tradition of celebrating International Workers’ Day is a relatively recent custom, as during Franco’s dictatorship it was banned. After the fall of the dictatorship in 1975, many things changed throughout Spain, including the custom of celebrating International Workers’ Day and in 1977 the day became a national public holiday.