La Orotava Corpus Christi carpet display 2019

Photo: La Orotava Ayuntamiento.

Updated 27 June: Today’s the day, and it’s spectacular, with thousands already milling around by lunchtime to view it. Part of it was damaged by rain over the past few days so the alfombristas were working until late last night to repair the damage … and this morning it is perfect. Here’s a video from the council.

Updated 6 May: If anyone would like to watch the master alfombrists in action there’s a webcam HERE trained on the plaza and surrounding views in La Orotava. Much of their work is protected from the elements by being under tents right now but it’s a great webcam to get a good feel for the whole thing.

Original post 29 April: This year’s Corpus Christi carpets in La Orotava will be on display on Thursday 27 June. The making of the famous alfombras form part of La Orotava’s fiestas patronales, the whole celebration being in honour of Corpus Christi, San Isidro Labrador and Santa María de La Cabeza, and the day of the carpets is one of La Orotava’s two municipal public holidays. The actual festival, however, lasts for several weeks and includes the town’s spectacular main romeria: the full programme is HERE.

The carpets are world famous, and have held the Guinness World Record for the largest ephemeral carpet display in the world since 2006. This year, moreover, is a bit special because it’s the 100th anniversary of the carpet displays which are different and spectacular every year, and the 2019 design, unveiled today by the mayor of La Orotava, will incorporate some traditional practices used in the 1919 version itself.

The designs are brought to life with coloured earth from the Teide National Park by around 20 artisans from the specialist group Artearena (sand art), and this year pays tribute to the history of the practice by basing the design on The Word of God through the ages.