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Red Underwear for New Year

Many of you will have heard about the Spanish New Year tradition of eating 12 grapes with every strike of the clock at New Year.
Another lesser known tradition and thought to bring you good luck for the coming year is to wear red underwear on New Years Eve.
However, it’s important to know that the underwear should not be bought by yourself! To receive the “guaranty a luck” for the coming year, you need to have received the red underwear as a gift.
We think it’s worth a try!

 


Procession Of The Sacred Heart Of Mary

After a night partying until dawn, the residents of Caleta de Famara woke up to accompany their Patroness, The Sacred Heart of Mary on the big day of the festivities in celebrate of her honor. After a religious Mass the procession began and was accompanied by music from Teguiban a local brass band from the village of Teguise. The procession moved through the village in the direction of the sea where the figure was placed on a boat for another procession in the sea


The Correct way To Dress

Lanzarote has launched a new incentive to promote the proper use of the traditional island costume. It has printed 5000 brochures and is holding talks all over the island. The idea is to create awareness and stop any new additions that are steering away from the original culture. Its just in time before one of the most traditional events of the year which is the pilgrimage to Dolores in Tinajo where everyone wears the costume. It is hoped by bringing more attention to this, more interest will be taken in the handcrafts to revive them

 


Vintage Style Celebration In La Geria

La Geria, the region that surround the volcanic national park of Timanfaya was in celebration yesterday. A display was organised for locals and tourists themed in a vintage style purposely paying tribute to the traditions of the area. La Geria has a specific identity in Lanzarote as it is the area where vines are grown to produce and export the local wines. Its here you find the islands bodegas. In co ordination with the harvest, displays were given of the wine making process including the transportation of the grapes on camels. In addition it was ended with a typical fiesta, procession and live music. No doubt there was plenty of wine!


Firework Season

Throught the summer there are plenty of firework displays happening around the island to mark the end of the local fiestas. As the  festivities ended on Sunday in Puerto del Carmen, crowds filled the old town harbor to watch the display that lasted 15 minutes. The lights were switched in the area at 23.00hrs and the display began which was organised by the city council of Tias and managed by a canarian company Pirotecnia Puerto del Carmen allways offers one of the better displays on the island. The summer fiesta will now begin in Arrecife which after the next 2 weeks will be closed with an even bigger firework display. During the next few weeks there will be plenty of fireworks visible around the island as the different villages celebrate their fiestas.


Canarian Expressions

When learning a different language you are more than likely with the best intension to come across words and phrases that you just will not find in the average dictionary or phrase book. Our local dialects are have been doctored over the years and words have been replaced with others to make our languages more colourful. The Canarians have also brightened up the Spanish language with some different words that are exclusive to the islands. Here are just a few.

Garimba – small beer
Panzaburro – translated to donkey belly and refers to low dense cloud which is common in the north
Aguita – Wow
Guagua – public bus
Cholas – flip flops
Chanda – jogging bottoms
Godo – person from the mainland of Spain
Chachi – good or qood quality


Summer Means Fiesta In Lanzarote

The summer in Lanzarote means fiesta. We are aproaching the second fortnight of July which means that the Fiestas of Carmen are about to start. This fiesta is celebrated in all of the villages but the most prominant will be in Arrecife capital followed by Puerto del Carmen. The main focus will be a procession where an image of the virgin of Carmen is carried along the coast accompanied by fishing boats. Olenty to do for the locals and tourists alike with activities and competitions including a fun fair and live music which plays until the early hours of the morning.


Carnival Dates 2018 Released

Carnival dates for Lanzarote have been released for 2018. If you have never been to the island during this time, its well worth a visit. Something to cheer you up in the winter months. The first to celebrate will be the capital of Arrecife. This is the main event and the Carival will be celebrated for 2 weeks with the procession at the end and also the traditional burning of the sardine. Shorter carnivals are held in the resorts of Puerto del Carmen from 15/ February to 18th February and Playa Blanca from 9th March to 11th March. Costa Teguise is yet to be anounced. Islanders will be busy voting on the themes for next year which will be one of the following

Carribean Carival

Enchanted Forest

Cesar Manrique

Time to look at booking if you dont want to miss out on this popular event


Day of the Canaries

Today is a bank holiday in the Canary Islands which is celebrated every year on the 30th May. It marks the anniversary of the first session of Canary Islands parliament as one of the autonomos of Spain. Its a day where people celebrate culture and many dress in the traditional costume and have private parties eating and drinking where traditional food and drink is served. Many busineses close this day and relitiveley the streets are quiet. The authorities usually organise events during the day. Regional or local authorities may move the public holiday to a different date. If May 30 falls on a Tuesday or Thursday, many businesses and organizations are also closed on Monday, May 29, or Friday, May 31. The Day of the Canary Islands is not a public holiday in the rest of Spain on May 30.


International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is a worldwide event which is dedicated to celebrating women’s achevements. Around the world there are rallies, talks and concerts which take place around the 8th March, the official day which has been marked out since the early 1900’s. Although its not known exactly how the day materialised, it is traced back to 1908 when there was a march through New York demanding voting rights and better pay for women. It is estimated that over 15,000 participated. The aim is to achieve full gender equality for women around the world which has still not been reconised in all countries and cultures.

In Lanzarote  apart from the march that took place on the 11th and a comedy production on the 12th, on the 18th March there will be a night walk in El Jable which includes stargazing and hot chocolate. You would need to register if you want to take part by telephoning (00 34) 629333143

Yes, it takes place on November 19 each year and is celebrated in 60 countries around the world.

The objectives of the day include a focus on men’s and boy’s health, improving gender relations, promoting gender equality, and highlighting positive male role models.