Fiesta de Santana in San Jose (Brena Baja)

San Jose in Breña Baja is celebrating its annual fiesta. Tonight, Sunday 17th 6pm is the Old Folks’ festival, followed by a public dance in front of the town hall. Tuesday 19th 5pm – 7 pm Bouncy castles in front of the town hall. 9:30 pm . Open-air cinema “Harry Potter y Las Reliquias de la Muerte.” In the football stadium Wednesday 20th 6:30 pm PASACALLES DISNEY along the main…

July 17, 2011

Corpus Christi in Breña Baja (San Jose)

San Jose in Breña Baja always celebrates Corpus Christi on the Sunday after Mazo’s celebration. Since the whole thing takes out on a flat, tarmaced street, the tradition is to make carpets of coloured salt, with the altars being much more modest. In recent years, many of the carpets are made from seeds and petals, like the ones in Mazo. Much as I love the petals, I think it’s a…

June 25, 2011

Fiesta de la Cruz tonight

In the east of La Palma, Holy Cross Day (fiesta de la Cruz) is the biggest festival in spring. They only celebrate it in Santa Cruz, Breña Alta and Breña Baja, and as the name suggests, they decorate the roadside crosses – beautifully. As often happens, the main party is the night before the public holiday. Since most crosses are hung with gold jewelry (among other things) people stay beside…

May 2, 2011

G Astronomy in La Palma

The Parador on La Palma is just outside the village of San Jose, in Breña Baja. (Paradors are a national chain of posh hotels, and very nice they are too.) Tonight (April 22nd ) at 8 pm they’ll be hosting the first public dinner with a new menu, inspired by astronomical bodies. A professional Starlight guide will be there to talk about the planets, and afterwards, there will be stargazing….

April 22, 2011

The Kings in Los Cancajos

Although Father Christmas does visit Spanish children, he’s a new arrival. Traditionally the presents arrive on the morning of January 6th, when the three kings visit baby Jesus. This is why the sales haven’t really started yet – Christmas isn’t over here. And on the evening of the 5th, they ride in procession through most of the major towns and villages in Spain. In previous years we’ve usually gone to…

January 5, 2011