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Saturday, 13 March 2010

The Octopus's Funeral, Los Cancajos

The octopus's funeral procession, Los Cancajos, Breña Baja, La PalmaThe octopus's funeral procession

Most places in Spain end Carnival with a mock funeral for a sardine. Los Cancajos decided to have a few carnival events this year, ending in an Octopus's funeral (just for a change).

Close up of the octopus, Los Cancajos, Breña Baja, La PalmaClose up of the octopus

But the weather was terrible, and they postponed it for two weeks. And when the new date came around, there weather was terrible again, and they had to postpone it again!

The percussion band for the Octopus's Funeral, Los Cancajos, Breña Baja, La PalmaThe percussion band

Third time lucky - the funeral went ahead last night. A percussion band (a batucada) provided the music.

The Master of Ceremonies for the octopus's funeral, Los Cancajos, Breña Baja, La PalmaThe Master of Ceremonies

The master of ceremonies, looked rather fine as he led the way, keeping the octopus and band together.
The octopus's cremation, Los Cancajos, Breña Baja, La Palma

The procession went through the village and down to the beach, where they cremated it and let off the fireworks.

Fireworks at the octopus's funeral, Los Cancajos, Breña Baja, La Palma

We left, just as the band was starting up for the public dance. It was great fun, and I'm sure they'll do it again next year.

The band for the octopus's funeral, Los Cancajos, Breña Baja, La PalmaThe band

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At 13 March 2010 21:20:00 WET , Blogger nicholas.hollington said...

Glad to know it finally took place.
We were in La Palma last for Los Indianos.We have a place in Los Cancajos but still (for now) mostly live in England. Your excellent blog halps me through the winter until our next trip which will be Semana Santa. Thanks for doing this -keep it up, We simply adore La Isla Bonita.

At 15 March 2010 19:54:00 WET , Blogger egeo87 said...

Hi Sheila!
I liked this post very much.
I live in La Palma since I was born and it makes me really happy that our tourists love La Palma and want to come again so soon as possible. And this kind of information is useful to help future tourists know that Los Cancajos, the main tourist zone of La Palma, is a lively place where different new acts are taking place to ensure that they have a great time in the island. It also helps new tourists to make the decision of coming to La Palma for the first time, because they know that they will find different leisure activities.
Thanks and greetings!


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