Moving the Throne

The main event on Sunday was the huge procession to bring the Virgin’s throne down from Las Nieves to Santa Cruz de la Palma. The throne comes apart into perhaps twenty pieces, each mad of wood, covered with silver. It’s a great honour to carry one, but some of the sections look like they weigh a ton. Last time I went to the bajada del trono it was baking hot….

July 5, 2010
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Moving the Throne

The main event on Sunday was the huge procession to bring the Virgin’s throne down from Las Nieves to Santa Cruz de la Palma. The throne comes apart into perhaps twenty pieces, each mad of wood, covered with silver. It’s a great honour to carry one, but some of the sections look like they weigh a ton. Last time I went to the bajada del trono it was baking hot….

July 5, 2010
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“The Little Week” beings in La Palma

All sorts of things will be happening in the streets of Santa Cruz de la Palma on Saturday, (street theatre, music, batukada, which is serious percussion, and the new marina’s open to the public). At 8 pm there’s a folk music festival at the central stage (the one in the port car park). At midnight, there’s a public dance on the sea-front, and another concert at the Alemeda square (near…

July 3, 2010
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The Bajada on La Palma

The island of La Palma will soon go nuts for about five weeks as we celebrate the bajada. Bajada means “coming down” and in this case, they bring the statue of the Virgin Mary down from the lovely church at Las Nieves down to Santa Cruz. They’ve been doing this every five years since 1676, when the statue was credited with ending a terrible drought. These days the bajada involves…

June 30, 2010
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