Beautiful Holiday Lanzarote

Beautiful Holiday Lanzarote



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Lanzarote popular Festivals


Numerous festivals are held on the island throughout the year, some of they are of a local nature and involve only those who live in the town, others all the towns in the municipality, and some of them are celebrated throughout the island. An example of this party is the one celebrated in  Mancha Blanca, in the municipality of Tinajo, every September 15 in honor of the Virgen de los Dolores or the Volcanoes. Pilgrims come to the town from other islands of the archipelago, dressed in typical Lanzarote costumes, becoming for a few days the center of traditional Canarian culture. 

In the month of July, festivities in honor of the Virgen del Carmen are celebrated in several coastal towns on the island. During the ceremony a procession carries an image of the Virgin through the streets before being taken aboard a fishing boat in the port. Other important municipal festivities are the celebration of the Virgen de los Remedios in Yaiza, held in September, and the festivities of San Juan, in Haría, which the islanders celebrate spontaneously with bonfires and night baths.​


During the carnival that usually takes place the last week of February, a large procession of well-dressed people runs through the streets of Arrecife and the avenue of the beaches in Puerto del Carmen, accompanied by numerous tourists that join the dances and the party throughout the island.

The celebration of Corpus Christi in the month of June is one of the most important festivals on the island. In the Canary Islands it is common for beautiful carpets of flowers to be made in front of churches, but since the rains are scarce in Lanzarote, it is not common to find flowers, which is why the inhabitants of the island make carpets of salt dyed in colors, as beautiful as if they were carpets of flowers. This is a custom of this island.




Religious Festivals of Lanzarote


La tradición religiosa en Lanzarote está muy arraigada es por ello que en la fiestas que celebra la Iglesia Católica existe una importante participación popular.

La más destacada es la del Corpus, celebrado en el mes de junio, en un principio una fiesta puramente religiosa que ha adquirido sin embargo un marcado carácter festivo con las alfombras de sal que se realizan. Al contrario que en el resto de las Islas Canarias donde las alfombras se realizan con flores en Lanzarote debido a la escases de agua es muy dificil econtrarlas y es por ello que los habitantes de la isla se la han ingeniado para realizar alfombras de sal teñida de colores, tan hermosas como si se tratasen de alfombras de flores. En el Corpus diferentes colectivos se reúnen en las cercanías de la iglesia en los diferentes municipios y elaboran figuras con los más diversos temas.


El Día de la Cruz, festejado el 3 de mayo en municipios como Tías o Teguise, consiste en la realización de una procesión que pasa por una serie de cruces enramadas y adornadas con flores.





Lanzarote Patron Saint Festival


In each town on the island, patron saint festivities and pilgrimages are celebrated throughout the year, although most are celebrated in summer, the great period festive par excellence. The most outstanding are found in the coastal towns of Punta Mujeres, Arrieta, Caleta de Famara or La Santa, where the large number of residents in these towns during the summer makes them very lively parties.

In Arrecife, the San Ginés festivities are celebrated on August 25. One of the most important in Lanzarote, attracting people from all over the island for 2 weeks attracted by the numerous sports competitions, musical performances... that are held.


​However, the Pilgrimage in honor of the Virgen de los Dolores or de los Volcanes, in Mancha Blanca, is probably the most important festive moment of the year in Lanzarote, reaching several tens of thousands of people each year. The pilgrims who come to Mancha Blanca from all over the island do so on foot and dressed in the typical clothes of Lanzarote, with the typical folk music of the island being present all the way.​




Virgen del Carmen

A moment of great importance in the coastal towns with a fishing tradition is the Festival of the Virgen del Carmen, patron saint of sailors.

Although it is celebrated on July 16, the festival is celebrated on different dates to avoid coincidences in Arrieta, Valterra (in Arrecife), La Santa, Puerto del Carmen and Playa Blanca.





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Lanzarote Traditional Christmas


Christmas is one of the most important moments, since they celebrate the Ranchos, an ancient tradition that arrived after the conquest and that preserves in Lanzarote some of the best exponents of the Canary Islands.

It goes back to the Ranchos de Ánimas that begged through the streets during throughout the year to collect funds for prayers for the souls of the departed. Later, the Ranch disassociated itself from the Brotherhood of Souls, and limited itself to participating in the Misas de Luz, held between December 16 and 24 at dawn.
El Rancho de Pascua de Teguise is, perhaps, the most famous of the island, although later they appeared in Femés (with Los Ranchos de Posada) and in Haría, and later in San Bartolomé, Tías and Tinajo, as well as in towns such as Tiagua, Tao, La Vegueta, guatiza, etc.

Currently the Rancho de Pascua de Teguise participates only on the night of December 24. The Ranch has 4 parts:


> El Corrido is an initial song that symbolizes the march of the shepherds towards Bethlehem.
> The Salto is the dance of the shepherds that is part of the worship ceremony and the Besapié. Its particularity is that it does not turn its back on the figure of Jesus, being the only one in the Canary Islands that is done in this way.
> Las Desechas are the religious songs that combine the soloists (singers of “alante”) and the choir (Tercios), and are performed in the church before the Besapié.
> Las Pascuas are farewell songs that combine solos and choirs that describe the birth, they are happy and lively music but with a liturgical and monotonous background.


The rest of Ranchos de Lanzarote follows its own distinct guidelines, for example that of Femés has the peculiarity of reflecting the episode recounted in the New Testament, according to which the parents of Jesus of Nazareth did not find refuge in Bethlehem before his birth. In this way, and like other ranches such as San Bartolomé, unfolded in the street, singing and entering the houses, where the components of the Ranch tasted the products elaborated by the families.




Traditional Carnivals of Lanzarote


Rhythm, color, self-confidence, and, of course, a lot of entertainment currently bring together a multitude of people every years to live this party, in which there are no limits and there is only one obligation: have fun.

However, the Lanzarote carnivals also stand out for being a party linked to beliefs and activities of the past. Excellent opportunities to see those ties can be found at:


> Carnivals in Villa de Teguise, where we can enjoy the Diabletes, one of the most genuine manifestations of Canarian traditions, a mixture of aboriginal, Castilian and Moorish beliefs. The Diabletes, dressed in clothes painted with red or black rhombuses, and with mixed devil and bull masks, run through Teguise with sheepskin, sticks, ropes and goatskin bags throughout the entire Carnival, brightening up the festivities even more with greater popular participation.
> The Carnivals  in Arrecife, with the Buches, swollen fish bladders carried by sailors in costume and used to "beat" those they met in the streets. Today this tradition is maintained through the Parranda Los Buches, which performs both on stage and in the streets.


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