Culture, Traditions, Pilgrimages in June

Fiestas Patronales

Between the end of May and middle of June there are several events to celebrate in Granadilla. These include dances, and fairs and the main romería usually takes place in the first week of June from midday.

Corpus Christi Carpets

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The Corpus de La Orotava festivities take place between the months of May and June. The celebration involves making carpets out of flowers, salt and shrubs and laying them all around the streets near the town hall square. The main carpet usually takes up the entire surface of the square and is made using different coloured volcanic sand, which is brought straight from the Teide National Park. La Orotava has held this festivity ever since its inception as a town, but it became famous in 1847 when members of the Monteverde family made a carpet of flowers to adorn the way for the Corpus procession as it passed their house. Nowadays, the Carpet-makers’ Association is responsible for preserving and encouraging the making of these flower carpets.

Corpus Christi is also a festival in La Laguna, Arona and Adeje where they too lay carpets along the main streets. The date to see the ‘carpets’ this year is 22nd June.

Ribbon Poles and Mint Tea Pilgrimage

In the first week of June. Icod de los Vinos is home to a variety of festive celebrations. Prominent among them is the San Isidro Pilgrimage, when attendants revel in the jolly atmosphere of Canarian tradition. One of the main attractions of this festival takes place in the neighbourhood of La Mancha: the night of the magis’ dance, when pilgrims carrying traditional poles head towards the saint’s chapel. It’s an unforgettable experience.

San Antonio de Padua Pilgrimage

The Pilgrimage of San Antonio de Padua is the climax of one of the town’s most popular festivals. In early June, after a week of sports competitions, children’s games and concerts, this great day turns Granadilla’s main streets into a sea of magi (that’s what they call people who wear the typical Canarian costumes), ox-drawn carts and traditional dishes, making for the perfect excuse to have some fun and take part in the partying.

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Romeria de San Isidro Labrador

Fun, Canarian food, singing, dancing and lots of people eager to have a good time – these are the ingredients that give the San Isidro Labrador Pilgrimage in La Orotava its flavour. The event has been declared a Festival of National Tourist Interest and takes place after the Corpus Christi celebrations. The pilgrimage began in the 17th century and passes through the streets of the town centre, filling them with the colour and liveliness of the traditional dress.

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Los Hachitos

This celebration dates back to aboriginal times and is held on 23 June in the municipality of Icod de los Vinos. The Guanche people would use beacons and torches known as “hachos” to light their way in the darkness. During the summer solstice, the Island’s former inhabitants would light them to celebrate the longest day of the year. The “hachos” are a sort of torch decorated with twigs, flowers and ribbons. As night falls, the fires are lit and the procession sets off from La Vega to El Amparo, livened with “tajaraste” music and dancing, and the joy and cheer of the locals. Smaller “hachos” known as “hachitos” are also made to create light patterns on the hillside, while others are sent rolling down the hill to represent the flow of lava.

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San Juan Festivals

Bonfires, beach parties and wishes merge with the intense smell of burning wood. These are the ingredients that make the magical night of 23 June so special. The night before the day of San Juan is celebrated most intensely in the municipalities of Arona, Puerto de la Cruz, and Guía de Isora. The bonfires are lit as night sets in to welcome the summer solstice. This symbolic scene represents the act of leaving the bad behind and welcoming the new and the good with open arms.

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Bathing of the Goats

On 24 June, between 7 and 8 am this ancient ceremony that takes place in Puerto de la Cruz. The tradition was popular among the Guanche people and involves leading a herd of over 2000 goats and some 20 horses down to the harbour for a dip. Originally, it was intended to prepare the livestock for mating.

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