Fiesta de la Cruz

Fiesta de La Cruz is a major festival in Santa Cruz de La Palma, Breña Alta, and Breña Baja. On the night of May 2nd, practically all the roadside crosses in Santa Cruz, Breña Baja and Breña Alta will be decorated, most of them gorgeously. The people who worked on them sit close all night, usually making a party of it and setting off lots of fire-crackers. This is partly…

May 2, 2014
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Easter Processions in Santa Cruz de La Palma and Los Llanos

It’s Holy Week, and in this Catholic country, a lot of people take it very seriously. The bigger churches hold processions, which look very exotic to my English eyes. Do try to see at least one.   It’s not so much that they take the obviously-heavy statues along the street – most churches do that on the respective saint’s days. It’s the costumes. They remind me of the Klu Klux…

April 15, 2014
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Easter Processions in Santa Cruz de La Palma and Los Llanos

It’s Holy Week, and in this Catholic country, a lot of people take it very seriously. The bigger churches hold processions, which look very exotic to my English eyes. Do try to see at least one.   It’s not so much that they take the obviously-heavy statues along the street – most churches do that on the respective saint’s days. It’s the costumes. They remind me of the Klu Klux…

April 4, 2012
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Holy Week

Holy week procession, San Jose, Breña Baja The schools have just broken up for Semana Santa – Holy week. Of course my son’s delighted, even though they only get this week off. Maundy Thursday and Good Friday are public holidays. Monday 6th is not.Holy week procession, San Jose, Breña Baja There will be lots of religious processions all week, everywhere, and some fairly spectacular ones, especially in Santa Cruz. We…

April 3, 2009
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The Day of the Dead

Halloween isn’t much of a fiesta here, although it’s becoming more popular. All Saint’s Day is. Traditionally, it’s when people remember their dead. So they decorate the graves in the morning, and most cemeteries have a special mass. It’s fascinating to see, but please be sensitive. Some people may be recently bereaved and feeling fragile.

November 1, 2008
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Holy Week Processions

It’s Holy Week, and in this Catholic country, a lot of people take it very seriously. The bigger churches hold processions, which look very exotic to my English eyes. It’s not so that they take the obviously-heavy statues along the street. It’s the costumes. They remind me of the KLu Klux Klan. This is unfair, because the costumes concerned are far older than the KKK. They ensure anonimity, but it’s…

March 21, 2008
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