(photo: Adeje Ayuntamiento)
Updated 27 May: A reminder that this Wednesday, 30 May, is Día de Canarias, Canarian Day, a Canaries-wide public holiday. Many events will be held on Wednesday, especially arts and crafts fair like the one in Alcalá, and many offices will be closed, but there are going to be events over the next several days and beyond the 30th to the weekend as well with Bailes de Magos being held and and live music being performed in many town and village plazas.
As I said below, too, this is the last island-wide bank holiday now until Asunción de la Virgen/Assumption on 15 August, though there will be some mid-summer municipal bank holidays throughout the summer. There’s a link to them all – municipal, insular and regional – HERE.
Original post 14 May: A couple of weeks still to go but Wednesday, 30 May, is Día de Canarias, Canarian Day, a Canaries-wide public holiday in celebration of the anniversary of the first official Parliamentary session of the islands on 30 May 1983, some 10 months after the Canaries became an autonomous region of Spain in August 1982. Apart from the formal and official events that are always held, with many shops and offices closed, the day is celebrated throughout the islands with a wide range of cultural events and festivities, not just on the 30th itself but several days either side, particularly over the nearest weekend. And the celebrations in most towns, moreover, will include a Baile de Magos.
The Baile de Magos is a traditional costume dance which is a celebration of all that is Canarian, and Clio O’Flynn gives a good overview of the cultural importance of the day in a previous year’s Adeje English Time blog HERE. Adeje’s councillor for culture Nayra Medina Bethencourt says that in a multi-cultural town such as Adeje “it’s also important to remember our roots and traditions and on dates such as the ones we’re celebrating this week we can emphasise the Canarian part of our heritage and show that side of our culture to those who have recently arrived to live here, so that they too may know some of our traditions but also, importantly become involved in the cultural life of Adeje and share the fiestas with us”.
Bethencourt makes an important point because with its traditional costumes and family groups clustered together, the Baile de Magos could seem to be “reserved” in some way for Canarians. But these events do anything but exclude, and “foreigners” are welcomed with open arms since our participation demonstrates a desire to integrate. The dance is free, but those taking part must wear traditional Canarian costumes as in the photo above. Tables can be reserved for the dinner part of the dance, but attendees are expected to take their own food. One such Baile de Magos is in Arona from 10pm on Tuesday 29 May in the Plaza del Pescador outside the Cultural Centre in Los Cristianos (click the poster on the left to see full size); Adeje’s too is on the same day.
The Día de Canarias is the last island-wide bank holiday now until Asunción de la Virgen/Assumption on 15 August, though there will be some mid-summer municipal bank holidays throughout the summer; there’s a link to them all – municipal, insular and regional – HERE.