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Festivals & traditions

La Oliva

Great expressions of the island's folklore

Folklore has always been maintained by means of the “parrandas” (group of people singing and playing songs) at the patron saint festivals, social gatherings, or the songs at the time of sowing and harvesting of the grains. Tales and legends are impregnated with the magical world, mainly in the area around Tindaya. Traditions linked to the religious world survive, such as the Rancho de Ánimas at Christmas in the village of La Oliva.

Religious festivities

In the month of July, all the attention goes to the Virgen del Carmen, patron saint of sailors, who celebrates her big day on the 16th of July in the town of Corralejo. The sailors carry the Virgin through the old quarter, bringing crowds of people to the small quay, where the fishermen begin to pay homage to their patron saint, welcomed by boats and "falúas" (light boat) decorated like the rest of the town.
Another important day is the 18th of July with the celebration of the Night Procession that ends at the “Muelle Chico” with a picturesque scene, caused by the torches and fireworks.
The Virgen del Buen Viaje, in El Cotillo, is the other event marked in the calendar for its splendour and devotion by the seafaring families of this small enclave in our municipality. The fishermen carry the Virgin around the village to the little dock where the sailors wait for her to start the maritime procession.
One of the most eagerly awaited days is the popular barbecue of “jareas" (small, open and sun-dried fish), with which the people of El Cotillo entertain their visitors. The fish is caught by means of the traditional "calado", where the whole village gets involved.
In summer, Tindaya celebrates Nuestra Señora de la Caridad, El Roque San Martín de Porres, Villaverde San Roque, Los Dolores in La Caldereta and San Antonio in Lajares.
La Oliva celebrates the fiestas of Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria in February. Also in October, the dedication to the Virgen del Rosario is commemorated.

The Carnival

The festival par excellence is the participatory and colourful Carnival of Carnival in Corralejo, which takes place in the month of March. For a few days, Corralejo becomes a showcase for the imagination and joy of our people.
It is considered one of the most important carnivals in the Canary Islands. Among its events, the Drag Queen Gala is the main attraction of the carnival programme, being the oldest after the Drag Queen Gala in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

Patron saint festivities

- February: Nuestra Señora de La Candelaria (La Oliva)
- April: San Vicente Ferrer (Villaverde).
- June: San Antonio De Padua (Lajares).
- June: San Juan (Vallebrón).
- July: Nuestra Señora del Carmen (Corralejo).
- August: San Martín de Porres (El Roque).
- August: Nuestra Señora de La Caridad (Tindaya).
- August: Nuestra Señora del Buen Viaje (El Cotillo).
– Agosto/Septiembre: San Roque (Villaverde).
- September Nuestra Señora del Pino (Majanicho).
- September Nuestra Señora de los Dolores (La Caldereta).
- October: Nuestra Señora del Rosario (La Oliva).
- November: Nuestra Señora de La Milagrosa (Lajares).