The Three Kings on La Palma

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January 5, 2017

Gaspar visiting Santa Cruz de la Palma 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….

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San Martin 2016

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November 11, 2016

While most of Europe celebrates Remembrance Day, here it’s St. Martin’s Day – San Martin. (Spain was officially neutral in both world wars, so they don’t have a Remembrance Day). San Martin is traditionally when the chestnuts are ready to pick, and the new wine from the summer’s grape harvest is ready to drink. (Although with global warming, the chestnuts have been in the shops for weeks.) So most families…

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Halloween

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October 30, 2016

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…

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Sacred Heart Fiesta in El Paso 2016

Decorative panels for the sacred heart fiesta, El Paso, La Palma
June 12, 2016

El Paso celebrated the Catholic festival of the Sacred Heart on June 5th this year (it’s 11 weeks after Easter Sunday) but I missed it. In fact I forgot all about it until the 11th when I went the silk museum with a bus load of tourists from a cruise ship. Luckily the archways were still up. The khaki coloured stuff on the ground is the needle leaves of tree…

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Corpus Christi in San Jose

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May 28, 2016

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 in 2014, although it’s hard to chose. The carpets stay there until Sunday night. This means that the main street is closed to traffic, but the one way street…

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Corpus Christi tomorrow

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May 25, 2016

UPDATE: The special mass is at 6:30 pm on THURSDAY and the procession will be immediately afterwards. Tomorrow is Corpus Christi in Mazo. That is, they’ll be making the archways and carpets tonight, and most people will go and see them tomorrow, but they’ll stay up until Sunday night. Also on Sunday they’ll hold a special mass in the church followed by a procession around the archways. If you miss…

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