Carnival’s coming

The Carnival bus from the local school, Breña Baja, La Palma
February 18, 2020

Like the rest of Spain, La Palma celebrates Carnival in the week before the season of Lent. I always say people are making sure they have something really juicey to repent, but these days most people just regard it as a darn good excuse for a party. It wasn’t always that way. Franco banned Carnival. It’s always been a time when people could say and do things they wouldn’t normally…


Corpus Christi 2018

Detail of a Corpus Christi archway, Mazo, La Palma island
May 31, 2018

It’s Corpus Christi. Mazo put up the archways last night, and they’ll stay up until Sunday night. The special mass will be at 11:30 on Sunday with the procession afterwards. This year for a change, I’m posting phtoos of just one archway, the one by the distract of La Rosa. You can see the whole arechway above, and lots of details below. I hope it give an idea of just…


Upcoming Carnival Highlights

Los Indianos parade, Santa Cruz de La Palma, Carnival 2007
February 9, 2018

Wig festival, Friday 9th starting 2:30 pm Santa Cruz Ambassador’s Parade Saturday 10th starting 6:30 pm Santa Cruz Concert by Los Vinillos y Forever Sunday 11 febrero, 9:00 om – 11:30 Santa Cruz main carnival stage (My husband plays the drums for Los Vinilos) Los Indianos Monday 12th All day Santa Cruz Carnival parade Los Llanos Tuesday 13th Sardine’s funeral Los Llanos Friday 16th Puerto Naos carnival parade Sunday 18th…


Corpus Christi in San Jose

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…


Los Cancajos Carnival Parade

Three astronauts and their rocket
February 27, 2016

Los Cancajos carnival parade got postponed by the bad weather, but they held it yesterday. I missed the beginning because I was at yoga, but I got there for the end of the parade and the start of the stage show. The theme seems to have been “Space”. I saw astronauts, kids in planet costumes, a brilliant alien, and lots of stars. Unfortunately the light was going by the time…


Happy New 2016

New Year Fireworks in Santa Cruz de la Palma
January 1, 2016

I hope you enjoyed new year’s eve, I hope 2016 brings you whatever you most want. I “split the year” (as they say in Spanish) with my family. New year is a big thing in Spain. Many people dress up – I mean really glam up, as though they were going to the opera at Glynbourne or an American prom. Traditionally, lots of people eat out. At midnight, people traditionally…