Tenerife fiestas are holidays in Tenerife of all sorts of nature. They are more and more frequented by foreigners because of cheap Tenerife flights.
Also, Tenerife hotels are definitely spoiling tourists more than ever before.
They make it easy to venture out to Tenerife festivals and festive events.
Street life and religion merge with
many Tenerife festivals and Fiestas, such as with Fiesta del Carmen whose highlight is depicted above.
Festivals del Carmen in a nutshell
Depicted above is a special altar of Virgen del Carmen the star of the ocean. This street sanctuary is by very important cross roads in Puerto de la Cruz. There, old men discuss mundane topics like politics or sports, while they sit on church benches in the open. What a way to mix in with tourists that walk past, as there are many during the July fiestas of Tenerife. This is just one aspect of amazing religious tolerance where the mundane goes hand in hand with the Catholic faith.
The Virgen Maria del Carmen of the Catholic faith has been the town patron of the fishing community for a long time.
The awe inspiring ocean and her go hand in hand. Nevertheless, sad stories of the sea are told in local taverns.
Since 2008, no more excessive loud music allowed during fiestas after 2 a.m. That doesn't help much for those who need a good nights sleep for work and live in a tourist hub.
Tenerife fiestas seem to be countless besides the famous Carnival.
A couple of German friends with school going children said to me that it's impossible for kids in Tenerife to learn enough during one year.
Besides the long (3 months) summer school break there are simply too many fiestas where no classes take place.
This doesn't only apply to kids. Other schools are also closed.
Los Realejos leads for its amount of fiestas for entire Spain. It helps that it has its own fire works production.
Each of its 20 suburbs don't only celebrate their own church patron days. They also have a holiday dedicated to culture and folk art. There are folk dance holidays, kids street parties, fashion show days, Cine and photography festivals, sports tournaments, you name it. A'Sortija' which means horse race takes place during the important Fiesta de la Cruz (holy cross) on May 3rd. Then all houses display fancy decorated crosses with banners, carpets and flowers. Romerias play a part. The celebrations are too numerous to list them all. You wonder how work is fitted in. However, the people of Realejos think that they have made an art of it to combine both. Then there are May and July holidays, Christmas, Easter and of course its own carnival.
May 4th, the last day of the Tenerife fiestas de la Cruz rounds it off with Paella food for all on El Socorro beach. The international para-glider festival by the Realejos Socorro beach has been put on a hold for economical reasons. So no big paella by the beach as is the custom with quite a few Tenerife Fiestas.
More than once I stood in front of a closed school door and became the laughing stock of others later. Yes, it takes to get used to so much partying.
This is the season where many breathtaking nativity scenes are displayed by even the most remote mountain hamlet.
Spanish thanksgiving is on 4th/5th of January which is the day of the Reyes Magos or (the holy 3 Kings).
"But, what can you do?" said a Spanish mother to me. "Their foreign nationality friends get presents on the 24th/25th of December. Being before our big day makes it worse.
We, therefore, started to have two Tenerife fiestas of thanksgiving."
Business profits to get people even more into a buying frenzy. A big show starts in a large Santa Cruz soccer stadium. TV attends, of course. A helicopter lands, the three Reyes Magos the holy kings get out and ride through town on camels. I saw them depart in a ship in Los Christianos.
By the way, discover Christmas celebrations with a Tenerife Orotava mall in party gear...
More about the Tenerife carnival kids and carnival is found in the article called Tenerife attractions, a link of which find below.
Mind the Tenerife Recession since 2009. The island's never ending fireworks have definitely been reduced.
During a church procession with 30 people in Longuera Realejos no parking is allowed in about a 3000m2 area for 24 hours. By the way, the real suburb fiesta is a few days before.
On 14th and 15th of August, big Tenerife fiestas take place in honor of the black Madonna de Candelaria which is also a Guanche legend.
Most business on all Canary Islands is closed at this time, as it is also for important pilgrimage for the whole archipelago.
Now celebrated all over Tenerife with no school on that day. Kids slide on door boards down street slopes dragging strung up tins behind. The noise is the attraction of this fiesta which originally was only a wine harvest occasion of Icod de los Vinos, Icod de los Vinos and neighboring towns.
The patron saint Fiesta of San Isidoro Labrador with Romeria takes place shortly after the famous Orotava Corpus Christi celebrations where sand art was added to floral art later.
Depicted below is the goats bathing of the San Juan Fiesta.
This happens the morning after much fun with gigantic bonfires on beach Playa Jardin. Also live music and beach barbecues attract huge crowds then. More about the Puerto de la Cruz Fiesta San Juan.
This festivity which originates from India is celebrated by the whole Indian Tenerife community, no matter what their religion.
It is also a good reason for the British who are usually very fond of Indian cuisine. Then they may mingle to enjoy the magic of the lights, but should follow the dress code of saris. The photo beside depicts a home made present of a precious Diwali light which was given to me by an Indian friend. Restaurant Tandoori is famous for its special Diwali night, which falls onto a different day every year.
Book at Restaurante Tandoori in Adeje by joining a traditional fiesta of a Diwali evening with Sari clad ladies and delicious, exotic food by calling 922 714416...
What I love about Tenerife fiestas is that all nationalities who reside on the island are welcome to add their celebrations. Even a small fiesta with music from the Munich beer halls has its yearly event in Puerto de la Cruz.