Halloween is not a traditional Spanish fiesta. Ten years ago, it was something the children learned about in English classes. But you know, kids love a chance to dress up, and they especially love an opportunity for legalised begging,(and I was just the same). Naturally they love the idea of Halloween, and so do the shop keepers (obviously). And slowly, Halloween is becoming more popular. Don’t be too surprised to…

October 31, 2014

Corpus Christi in San Jose

The village of San José celebrates Corpus Christi on the Sunday after Mazo. Traditionally, the carpets are made out of dyed sea-salt, although lately some groups use petals, leaves and seeds as the do in Mazo. This was my favourite carpet, although it’s hard to chose.

June 22, 2014

Corpus Christi 2014

Catholics all over the world celebrate Corpus Christi, but in Mazo each district of the municipality makes an wonderful archway with a carpet and a little altar decorated with petals, leaves and seeds. The archways go up overnight from Wednesday to Thursday, and stay up until Sunday. You can read more about this and see archways from previous years here.

June 19, 2014

Almond Blossom Fiesta

Sunday February 2 : From 12:00 A partir de las 12:00h  in the Mercadillo del Agricultor de Puntagorda, Almond shelling competition Friday February 7th: A 6pm in the Pabellón Municipal Fagundo, Exhibition of Rythmic Gimnastics At 8 pm In the Salón de actos de la Casa de la Cultura: wine competition and the presentation of prizes to the winners. At 10 pm in the Comunidad 4 Caminos: party con la Agrupación “Falta Uno” A…

February 5, 2014

An accident in Tijarafe fiesta: UPDATED

There was an accident in Tijarafe during the devil’s dance on Saturday night. There was a bigger crowd than usual, since it was a weekend. The devil tripped and fell over. That meant that the fireworks would be squirting horizontally instead of straight up. The emergency services managed to get the helmet-with-fireworks off the devil which sounds very brave. Indeed, the head of the unit had to go to hospital…

September 9, 2013

Fiestas in early September, 2012

There are two nice fiestas coming up at the beginning of September. In El Paso, the fiesta in honour of the Virgin of the Pine will carry on until September 2nd, when there will be a concert in town followed by a special mass, procession and public dance up at the hermitage above the town. The Devil’s dance, Tijarafe, 2007. In Tijarafe in the early hours of September 8th, the…

September 1, 2012