What is a Romeria?

Islanders look forward to their ‘romerias’, they are part of Canary culture, a time when colour and joy fill the streets of towns and villages. They are usually in honour of some saint who has either helped the locals with the harvest, or delivered them from a plague, or some such. These festivities succeed each other throughout the entire year, and each municipality has its own ‘romeria’ so you are sure to enjoy one wherever and whenever you are staying in Tenerife.

Everyone is dressed in their local Canarian costumes to celebrate an event they have been looking forward to all year and spend a day full of local music, tradition, and religious fervour.

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Carts roll by laden with papas arrugadas, boiled eggs, and other traditional foods even joints of pork and beef, all washed down with local wines that are happily shared with locals and visitors alike. However, you can´t be shy you have to push your way to the front like a veteran partygoer.

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During the festivities, there are demonstrations of the old traditions such as threshing, folk sports like Canarian wrestling, and plenty of handicrafts, which include wickerwork, pottery, embroidery, and lace, work.

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A few of the most popular romerias are Our Lady of Candelaria (Candelaria), Romería de San Sebastián (Adeje Town) , Fuegos de Mayo, (Los Realejos) with its famous firework and of course, the Fiestas de San Juan  that take place across the island to celebrate Midsummer’s Eve.

A romeria is an important part of the ‘real’ Tenerife, the perfect blend of tradition and devotion, so when you are on the island, join in the fun and experience something different.

 

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