Every year, the small village of Chirche, in the municipality of Guía de Isora, organise a Day of Traditions to which thousands of people flock.
Chirche has Guanche origins, which we know from the archaeological traces still preserved, but its history as village dates back to the seventeenth century. The purpose of this particular festival is to act as a living museum for traditions that have virtually disappeared elsewhere on the island.
The ‘big’ day starts at 10.00am on the Sunday when the village inhabitants dress up in costumes of the first half of the 20th century and recreate everyday life of the era. The locals carry out household chores including how they made bread, prepared cereals, toasted grain or ground almonds. As well as other domestic tasks, such as sewing and laundry at the old wash-house, visitors can see how the village folk threshed wheat, made roof tiles in the old tile ovens and how fretwork or basketry were made.
Around of the village you will see a corral with goats, the old school and children playing typical games of the period. Several old houses, that are now uninhabited, will open their doors for the public to explore how the people of Tenerife decorated their homes and how they used to live. There is also the chance to taste traditional foods like trucha (trout) and ‘mistela’ a tasty coffee liqueur.
For those looking to take home some of the flavour of the time, there is a market selling crafts, baskets and local produce including, liquor, honey and freshly picked fruits.