El Borrachito Forgetero 2017

Model of a man hosing out sparks El Borrachito fiesta, Mazo, La Palma
August 18, 2017

Tomorrow (Saturday) night is the big fiesta in Lodero, Mazo El Borrachito Fogatero. Or at least it’s scheduled for about 2 am on Sunday morning. But since it involves lots and lots of fireworks and we’ve been having very hot weather, I think there’s a chance it’ll be postponed or cancelled due to the fire risk.

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The Romeria de San Antonio

July 16, 2017

A romería is a cross between a religious procession and a party. Typically, they hold a special mass and then take the statue out for several kilometres along a traditional route, followed by floats which hand out free food and wine, and lots of people, some in traditional dress, many of them singing and / or dancing. Since it’s a big event, most of them don’t happen every year, but…

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Corpus Christi in San Jose, 2017

Salt carpet in San Jose for Corpus Christi, 2017
June 18, 2017

Corpus Christi is also celebrated in San Jose, but the decorations are put up on Saturday evening ready for Sunday. They stay up all day on Sunday and are cleared on Sunday night. Meanwhile the one-way street below the main street becomes two way, so you can still drive from one side of the village to the other. In previous years I’ve posted photos of the finished carpets. Just for…

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Corpus Christi tomorrow

June 14, 2017

  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 at 11:30 followed by a procession around the archways. The full program is here (in Spanish). If you miss this, you can see some examples from…

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San Antonio del Monte 2017

June 9, 2017

This weekend San Antonio del Monte in Garafía will hold the biggest livestock fair on the island. San Antonio del Monte used to be a village, but the villagers moved away. About the only thing that’s left is the church of St. Anthony and the feast day, with it’s massive fair. Apart from the animals, there’s a craft fair, and of course lots of stalls selling cheap toys, food and…

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San Jose Wheelbarrow Race

March 18, 2017

San Jose is Spanish for St Joseph, and St Joseph was Jeses’s earthly father, so Spanish father’s day is held on St Joseph’s day (March 17th) and the village of San José has a fiesta. On the Sunday after the 17th, they have a wheelbarrow race. Each couple gets timed as they hop in sacks to the wheelbarrows; …slalom to the first stand where they put lipstick on each other…

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