Festival of the Virgin of El Socorro, Güímar

One of the oldest festivals in the Canary Islands is the Pilgrimage of the Virgin of El Socorro held on September 7th in Güímar.

The ceremony represents the appearance of the figure on the beaches of Chimisay to Guanche shepherds. The fiesta starts early, with a contest to choose the best floats then moves on to the Iglesia Matriz de San Pedro Apóstol for mass.  After which thousands of people, walk to the top of Montaña Grande.

On descending into the town, where there are food and drink kiosks, craft stalls and games for the young, the pilgrims move to the beach where a group of Guanche performs a ceremony in honour of the Virgin of El Socorro.

The following day, the virgin is returned on the shoulders of the Guanche shepherds to the Ermita de El Socorro y en el Llano de la Virgen.  The day ends with a classic game “pares o nones” Even or Odd and the dance of the ribbons to the municipal band.

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