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As you can probably guess from the photo, its Carnival Time here in Tenerife. Read on to find out what we thought...
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Carnival Time in Tenerife
We have just enjoyed a spectacular time here, in one of the largest carnivals Tenerife has to offer. This carnival is only second to Rio de Janeiro and is an abundance of colour, music and dance.
The carnival is hosted throughout the island with the main events being held in the capital of Santa Cruz. The streets are packed with onlookers of the fantastic parades that wind throughout the city and towns.
Many of the locals will be in fancy dress, anything goes so it does not matter what you wear. The floats and costumes are a credit to the years long work to top the last years carnival. The music and dancing comes to its peak at the end of carnival time with the burial of the sardine. This is where a huge man made sardine is carted throughout the streets with wailing widows following it. This used to be a religious affair but is now seen as fun for the locals and visitors alike. A huge procession of people dress in black and follow the sardine through the streets wailing and moaning. The sardine is then taken to the waters edge and is cremated, this is followed by fireworks and more celebrations in the street.
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When at a Carnival....:-
Would you like to dance? - Hágale quiere bailar?
Can I have a drink? - Pueda bebo?
Lets get something to eat - Permite obtener algo comer
Until next time,
All the best,
Simon and Claire
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