Fiesta of Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria, Tenerife’s patron saint, about to take place

The Fiesta of Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria is about to take place in Candelaria.

“Nuestra Señora” is the black madonna known as “La Morenita”, the patron saint not just of the Canaries but of Tenerife in particular, and her veneration celebrates a vision of the Virgin Mary in the area of the current Basilica in pre-Spanish conquest times.

Although her Saint’s Day is 2 February 2, her fiesta is held in August, and groups of walkers can regularly be seen coming from all directions along the roads to Candelaria, including the motorway itself, in a famous and much revered pilgrimage.

The programme is available in pdf format HERE with events running from tomorrow, 5 August, all the way through to the 15th, with an additional mass on 22 August. C24H

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