Carnival in Tenerife
Carnival in the Canary Islands originates from the time of colonization by Spain when the conquistadors to the Islands began to penetrate and cultural traditions from the continent. In 1638 Philip IV and all his court participated in a mock wedding in which nobles were dressed as women, the king himself in a servant, and the Queen in a working commoner.
Ordinary people, not burdened with a loud titles, also participated in the carnival: hiding behind masks and portraying their masters they were making fun of something in everyday life have had to put up.
The change of roles, to know when was clothed in the garments of the servants, the servants in the attire of the hosts, men become women and women men – carnival tradition, came from the Roman Empire.
To this day one of the basic principles of the carnival in Tenerife is complete freedom from all customs and rules of conduct, mandatory in the remaining 355 days of the year.
Carnival has survived and blossoms, and persecution. After the civil war in Spain, the word “carnival” was officially banned until 1976. But after four years, the carnival in Santa Cruz de Tenerife has received the status of international event.
Today the carnival in Tenerife is the biggest in Europe and second in the world after the famous Brazilian carnival in Rio de Janeiro. But if the carnival in Rio was heard, probably all, of not less bright celebration of life in Tenerife our compatriots, unfortunately, beginning to know just now.
The main event of the carnival in Tenerife:
Traditionally, the carnival begins with the election of the Queen. this is one of the key events of the holiday. Carnival Queen – a kind of symbol around which unfolds further action.
During the year (or rather, since the end of the last carnival) numerous firms, public and commercial organizations of the island were busy looking for a suitable candidate that will represent them at the carnival.
And entire teams of designers, designers and seamstresses months has designed and produced the most fantastic costumes, which should be not only bright and original, but also conform to the declared topic of the upcoming carnival.
Pretender to the title of the Queen – the most beautiful, charming I. hardy girls Tenerife: the weight of some fancy dress costumes can reach tens of kilos!
Parade – the next stage of the carnival, when the party spills out into the streets of the city, and they are filled with unrestrained joy of tens of thousands of multi-colored masks, incredible costumes, music and dancing rhythmically moving procession: many begin to dance in the evening and stay till daylight!
However, despite the scale of what is happening, a festive procession – only “rehearsal” the main event of the carnival.
Its climax the celebration reaches during the main and the most popular carnival event – the parade. The parade is hours Grand fancy dress parade, followed by fireworks, the roar of firecrackers and dancing till morning, which involved almost the entire population of the island.
The parade 1987 was entered in the “Guinness world records”: simultaneously 240,000 been dancing all night on the streets of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
Ends the carnival “the funeral of the sardine” – action, something reminiscent of the Russian Shrovetide. Huge fish from papier-mache, symbolizing the spirit of the leaving feast, burned under nesthama mournful moans and inconsolable crying “widows” (usually mustachioed men).
“the funeral of the sardine” is comical, but also sad procession: the locals and many tourists say goodbye to the enchanting and mad celebration, during which they for a few days forgot about their problems and everyday life. Say goodbye to a year to meet again – at the carnival in Tenerife.
For children under the “big” of the carnival takes place your “mini-carnival”. with a choice of Queen and a parade. Children’s teams participating in the carnival, schools and colleges Tenerife.
In the last few years in the children’s carnival is attended by school groups from Russia. Participants who expressed themselves at the carnival (for example, interesting costumes), may be invited to the next carnival at the expense of the organizers.
The date of the carnival in Tenerife “bound” by Easter: the end of the holiday precedes the beginning of the Catholic lent. Thus, the carnival is usually held in February, at least – in March.
Carnival is celebrated all over the island: holiday events take place in Puerto de La Cruz, La Laguna, and Orotava, Arona, Candelaria. But the most grandiose action takes place in the island’s capital and the capital of the carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Here you will be able to fully experience the full scope and spirit of this vibrant and lush holiday.