Culture, Traditions, & Pilgrimages in January

In the UK, Christmas and New Year is pretty much wrapped up even to the point you have probably already broken at least one of your resolutions, but here in Tenerife it’s a bit like ‘Groundhog Day’.

Three Kings – Los Reyes Magos

/Andrés Gutiérrez

/Andrés Gutiérrez

January 6th is probably the most important date of the year for Spanish children. This is when gifts are given and receive, and as children across the world anticipate the arrival of Santa Claus, in Spain the children await the arrival of the Three Kings. Traditionally, the Feast of Epiphany is supposedly when  Melchior, Balthazar and Gaspar arrived in Bethlehem bearing their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh following the birth of Jesus.

Romeria de San Abad


The fiestas involve the blessing of the animals so towns are filled with oxen, goats, horses, donkeys, hunting dogs and pet dogs and cats.  There are parades and agricultural fairs and it takes place in Arona on the Sunday closest to 17th of the month as well as in Buenavista del Norte and La Matanza

Pilgrimage of San Sebastián


Horses are the stars of this unique pilgrimage. Hundreds of riders flock to the coast at La Enramada in Adeje on 20 January each year to take their traditional dip in the sea. This long-standing tradition celebrates the memory of Saint Sebastián, the patron saint of cattle herders

International Music Festival Canarias

This festival is celebrated from January to February the only music festival that takes place during the winter months. The FIMC takes place in Santa Cruz and you can find more information here


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2 Responses to Culture, Traditions, & Pilgrimages in January

  1. Lisa says:

    Travelling in a few days so this was great timing 🙂

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