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Monday, 4 May 2009

Photos of Fiesta de la Cruz

My favourite! Of course this is the international year of astronomy.

The kids' cross beside the one above. This is GranTeCan, the (Big Canarian Telescope) which will open this year.

The Centro de Niña Jaubert (a home for mentally handicapped adults) produced this old fashioned cheese factory.

And the cross the handicapped people did by themselves. The decoration is pasta, sprayed gold.

Cruz de la Pasión. At fist I thought the background was needlepoint done in very thick wool. It's actually tiny screws of paper.

And in Santa Cruz, there's a street full of mayos again. We counted 332 of them. This time, the top end is full of Carnival mayos . This is the sardine's funeral. at the real event, some men dress as women. This guy obviously couldn't cope with alcohol and high-heeled shoes together.

Farther down, there's a protest. These are the top politicians on the island, cutting up a cake of La Palma, and the sign reads "And in LA Palma there's 9,000 unemployed."

And a nearby school had mayos too. I wonder if this represents a real person?

And in the afternoon there was a religious procession.

Some of the people following the cross were in clothes that must have been traditional centuries ago.

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