Tenerife’s official public holidays for 2012

Tenerife’s official public holidays for 2012

Update 2 December: Just a reminder that there are two public holidays this coming week, Thursday 6 and Saturday 8 December. As often happens, it is likely that Friday will be taken as a puente (bridging holiday) in many businesses to make a lovely long weekend to start seriously getting ready for Christmas.

Update 25 October: Just a reminder that a week today, Thursday 1 November, is a Canaries-wide public holiday for All Saints’ Day.

Update 10 October: I forgot to add that Monday 15 October will be a local public holiday in Adeje. A long weekend indeed!

Update 8 October: Just a reminder that this coming Friday, 12 October, will be a Canaries-wide public holiday for Spain Day. It’s also the day that the Adeje Oktoberfest starts (see HERE), which itself coincides with Adeje’s Fiestas Patronales de Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación. Lots going on over the long weekend.

Update 12 August: Just a reminder that this Wednesday, 15 August, will be a Canaries-wide public holiday for Asunción de la Virgen.  Many shops, banks, offices and businesses will be closed.

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Update 1 May 11pm: Los Realejos Ayuntamiento will be broadcasting the display live through a stream on its website HERE.

Update 1 May: Although not a Tenerife-wide public holiday, a fiesta on 3 May in Los Realejos draws people from around the island and even further afield. The Exaltación de la Santa Cruz (Día de la Cruz) is known for providing the best fireworks display in Tenerife, and indeed, one of the ten best in the whole of Spain.

The fiesta is famous for the participation of the Hermanos Toste in a competition between two streets in Los Realejos for the best firework display, a tradition that started, incredibly, in 1770. The Hermanos Toste themselves date back to 1788 and have a factory in Los Realejos, the only one in the Canaries that makes fireworks. This year’s display on Thursday, they say, will bring new surprises in light, colour and sound … which was deafening when I went a few years ago! The short video above will hopefully give some idea of what to expect.

Update 29 April: Just a reminder that Tuesday 1 May is a public holiday, Fiesta del Trabajo, or May Day as we know it. Because it falls on a Tuesday, many workers will be making a long weekend of it and taking a “puente” tomorrow.

Update 4 April: Just a reminder that there are two public holidays this week, Thursday 5 and Friday 6, for Easter.

Update 18 February: Just a reminder that the following municipalities will be celebrating one of their two local fiestas next Tuesday, 21 February, for Carnival Tuesday:

Arafo, Arico, Arona, Candelaria, El Rosario, El Sauzal, Fasnia, Icod de Los Vinos, La Laguna La Matanza de Acentejo, La Orotava, La Victoria de Acentejo, Los Silos, San Miguel de Abona, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Santa Ursula, and Tacoronte.

Update 30 January: Just a reminder that this coming Thursday, 2 February, is a Tenerife-wide public holiday in honour of the Virgen de la Candelaria. Many shops and businesses will be closed, as La Morenita (the Black Madonna) is the Canary Islands’ patron saint, and she has particular meaning for Tenerife because her apparition is said to have taken place in 1392 in Candelaria, where her basilica is now located.

There is always a televised mass and procession in Candelaria itself on the 2nd, as well as in many towns throughout Tenerife, particularly in the north. There is also a tradition here of pilgrims walking from all over the island to Candelaria, and they are a regular sight walking in groups, even on the motorway, in the days leading up to the fiesta itself, though efforts have been made to stop this in recent years for the walkers’ own safety. There is more information from the Tenerife Cabildo HERE.

Update 15 January: Just a reminder that this coming Friday is a public holiday in Adeje for San Sebastián, the saint of the many arrow wounds. It is also a time to see farmers ride their horses, as well as drive their sheep and goats, into the sea for a symbolic purification, to be followed by local food and music. The main events take place at Playa Enramada, between Fañabe and La Caleta, starting at midday, though crowds start to gather from as early as 8am.

Original post 1 January: The calendar of public holidays in the Canaries has been published (see HERE), with the following the official fiestas (bank holidays) for Tenerife in 2012:

6 January, Epiphany
2 February, Virgen de la Candelaria
5 & 6 April, Easter
1 May, Fiesta del Trabajo
30 May, Día de Canarias
15 August, Asunción de la Virgen
12 October, Spain Day
1 November, Todos los Santos
6 December, Día de la Constitución
8 December, Inmaculada Concepción
25 December, Christmas Day

The above 12 holidays are the 11 fiestas for the Canaries together with the extra day which each island enjoys which, in Tenerife’s case, is 2 February for the island’s patron saint day, Virgen de la Candelaria.

In addition, each municipality will have its own two days, bringing the total number of fiestas for every part of the Canaries to 14. It is the proliferation of these two local days throughout the island that gives the impression that the whole of Tenerife is constantly on holiday. The local fiestas in 2012 for Tenerife are:

Adeje:
20 January – Festividad de San Sebastián
15 October – Festividad de Santa Úrsula

Arafo (Villa de Arafo):
21 February – Martes de Carnaval
27 de agosto: Festividad de San Bernardo

Arico (Villa de Arico):
21 February – Martes de Carnaval
8 September – Festividad de Nuestra Señora de Abona

Arona:
21 February – Martes de Carnaval
8 October – Santísimo Cristo de la Salud

Buenavista del Norte (Villa de Buenavista del Norte)_
24 August – Festividad de San Bartolomé, Copatrono de la Villa
25 October – Festividad de Nuestra Señora de los Remedios

Candelaria (Villa de Candelaria):
21 February – Martes de Carnaval
26 July – Festividad de Santa Ana

El Rosario:
21 February – Martes de Carnaval
6 August – Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza

El Sauzal:
21 February – Martes de Carnaval
29 June – San Pedro Apóstol

El Tanque:
31 August – Nuestra Señora del Buen Viaje
22 October – Santísimo Cristo del Calvario

Fasnia:
21 February – Martes de Carnaval
20 August – Fiesta Patronal de San Joaquín

Garachico (Villa y Puerto de Garachico):
26 July – Festividad de Santa Ana
16 August – Festividad de San Roque

Granadilla de Abona:
24 April – Festividad del Santo Hermano Pedro de San José de Bethencourt
13 June – Festividad de San Antonio de Padua

Guía de Isora:
25 June – Celebración de San Juan Bautista
17 September – Santísimo Cristo de la Dulce Muerte

Güimar:
29 June – Fiestas Patronales de San Pedro Apóstol
7 September – Fiesta en Honor de Nuestra Señora de El Socorro

Icod de Los Vinos:
21 February – Martes de Carnaval
25 April – San Marcos Evangelista, Patrón de la ciudad

La Guancha:
18 January – Nuestra Señora de La Esperanza
20 August – Lunes de las Fiestas Patronales

La Laguna (San Cristóbal de La Laguna):
21 February – Martes de Carnaval
14 September – Fiesta del Santísimo Cristo de La Laguna

La Matanza de Acentejo (Villa de La Matanza de Acentejo):
21 February – Martes de Carnaval
6 August – Día de El Salvador

La Orotava (Villa de La Orotava):
21 February – Martes de Carnaval
14 June – Infraoctava del Corpus Christi

La Victoria de Acentejo (Villa de la Victoria de Acentejo):
21 February – Martes de Carnaval
27 August – Fiestas Patronales

Los Realejos (Villa de Los Realejos):
3 May – Exaltación de la Santa Cruz
30 June – lunes del Carmen

Los Silos (Villa de Los Silos):
21 February – Martes de Carnaval
8 September – Nuestra Señora de la Luz

Puerto de la Cruz:
3 May – La Exaltación de la Santa Cruz y Conmemoración de la Fundación de la Ciudad
10 July – Conmemoración de la Festividad de la Virgen del Carmen

San Juan de La Rambla (Villa de San Juan de la Rambla):
25 June – Fiestas de San Juan Bautista
10 September – Fiestas de San José

San Miguel de Abona:
21 February – Martes de Carnaval
29 September – Fiesta de San Miguel Arcángel

Santa Cruz de Tenerife:
21 February – Martes de Carnaval
3 May – Día de la Santa Cruz

Santa Ursula:
21 February – Martes de Carnaval
22 October – Día de Santa Úrsula, Patrona del municipio.

Santiago del Teide (Villa Histórica de Santiago del Teide):
16 July – Nuestra Señora de la Virgen del Carmen
25 July – Festividad del Apóstol Santiago

Tacoronte:
21 February – Martes de Carnaval
26 November – Santa Catalina

Tegueste (Villa de Tegueste):
25 April – Festividad de San Marcos Evangelista
8 September – Festividad de Nuestra Señora de los Remedios

Vilaflor:
30 April – Festividad del Hermano Pedro
27 August – Festividad de San Roque y San Agustín

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