Festivities and customs of the Canary Islands


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Presentation made by Abraham Parejo and Mario Bordón para el proyecto eTwinning mostrando las distintas fiestas celebradas en Canarias

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Festivities and customs of the Canary Islands

  2. 2. JANUARY <ul><li>In January we celebrate THE THREE HOLY KINGS . In this festivity we remember the arrival of the Holy Kings to Bethelem and we eat the famous Holy Kings Cake. This day all the children, and adults, too, receive a lot of presents. </li></ul>Melchor, Gaspar and Baltasar, the Holy Kings The Holy Kings Day… opening presents The Holy Kings Cake
  3. 3. JANUARY <ul><li>In Agüimes, our town we celebrate our Patron Saint’s Day, San Sebastián . This is a free day. We do not go to school. </li></ul>
  4. 4. FEBRUARY <ul><li>In February we celebrate CARNIVAL . In this festivity we dress up with costumes and we choose the Queen of the Carnival. </li></ul>
  5. 5. FEBRUARY <ul><li>Carnivals are famous in Agüimes. We wear customes and we bury the Sardine. We make song contests and we have a lot of fun! </li></ul>
  6. 6. MARCH <ul><li>In March, we celebrate Father’s Day. It’s the day of Saint Joseph, the worker. </li></ul>
  7. 7. APRIL <ul><li>In April we celebrate EASTER. We make religious parades on the streets. We don’t hide Easter eggs, as in many other countries. As we have one week holidays, young people, usually go to the beach. The weather is very nice in April. </li></ul>
  8. 8. MAY <ul><li>In May we celebrate MOTHER’S DAY . We also celebrate “ THE WORKERS DAY”. We don´t work in this day. It is a national festivity. </li></ul>
  9. 9. MAY <ul><li>But the most important day in May is the 30th. This day, we celebrate the CANARIAN DAY . We listen to typical music and we eat the traditional “Jacked potatoes (papas arrugadas) with spicy red sauce (mojo picón) </li></ul>
  10. 10. JUNE <ul><li>In June we celebrate SAN JUAN’S DAY. It is celebrated in Las Palmas and Arucas.It represents the beginning of summertime In these festivity we burn bonfires. People say that it has magical properties. It is a pagan tradition. People jump over the bonfires to be purified. We also go to the beach and swim during this day night. </li></ul>
  11. 11. JULY <ul><li>In July we celebrate VIRGIN CARMEN’S DAY . This Virgin is the saint of the sailors. As we live in islands, this Virgin is very important here. We makes religious parades in the water. The Virgin is carried by boat from one town to another. It is mainly celebrated on coastal towns. </li></ul>
  12. 12. AUGUST <ul><li>In August we celebrate in Arinaga, LA VARÁ DEL PESCAO . We eat fish, generally sardines, as they are cooked on the streets. At the end, there are fireworks. It is a traditional festivity done in Arinaga, where we live. We have fun, but unfortunately, it means the end of summertime and holidays! </li></ul>
  13. 13. SEPTEMBER <ul><li>In September we celebrate the festivity of Virgen del Pino, mother Virgin of this island. It is celebrated in Teror and in Arinaga. It is also a free day and a lot of typical traditions are done: religious parades, typical music is heard, typical food is eaten… </li></ul>Teror, in Gran Canaria
  14. 14. OCTOBER <ul><li>In October we celebrate HISPANIC HERITAGE . That day is a holiday in all Spain. We celebrate the Discovery of America by Christopher Columbus. We have military exhibitions and the King and Queen of Spain are present in these exhibitions. It is mainly celebrated in the Mainland. </li></ul>Christopher Columbus Aerial exhibitions
  15. 15. OCTOBER <ul><li>In Agüimes, we celebrate, La Virgen del Rosario. It is another Virgin of this town. We have religious parades and also activities such as dancing, singing and sport competitions </li></ul>
  16. 16. NOVEMBER <ul><li>In November we celebrate the DAY OF THE DEAD . We take flowers to the graveyards and we honour our deads and we pray for them in a mass. It is also the FINAOS Day . We eat baked chestnuts. They are delicious. We do NOT celebrate Halloween, as a tradition. </li></ul>
  17. 17. DECEMBER <ul><li>In December, we celebrate CHRISTMAS and New Year. In Christmas we have a family dinner and in New Year’s Eve, we eat, grapes. With each stroke of the clock, we ear a grape. So, we eat a dozen of grapes to celebrate the coming of the New Year </li></ul>
  18. 18. Güle güle
  19. 19. Hoşça kal!