Feliz Día de Canarias… Happy Canary Islands Day

  • Canarian Weekly
  • 30-05-2024
  • National
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Feliz Día de Canarias… Happy Canary Islands Day

Today, May 30th, is one of the most important bank holidays in the Canarian calendar called Día de Canarias, which translates as Canary Islands Day. It commemorates the anniversary of the first session of the Parliament of the Canary Islands, which took place on May 30th, 1983, following the islands' achievement of autonomy under the Spanish Constitution of 1978.

The Statute of Autonomy of the Canary Islands was published on 10th August 1982. This law, just like all of the Statutes of Autonomy in Spain, recognises the right of the Canary Islands to a degree of self-government within the Kingdom of Spain and under its Constitution.

The Statute of Autonomy of the Canary Islands recognises the festivity of 30th May as one of its official symbols, together with the flag, the coat of arms and the hymn of the Canary Islands.

Día de Canarias marks the cultural, historical, and political identity of the Canary Islands. It's a day for the Canarians to celebrate their unique heritage, traditions, and achievements, and for visitors to experience some of the traditions of the islands.

The festivities typically include a wide range of cultural and recreational activities:

- Traditional Music and Dance: Performances of folk music and traditional dances like the "isa" and the "tajaraste."

- Sports: Traditional Canarian sports such as "lucha canaria" (Canarian wrestling) and "juego del palo" (stick fighting).

- Food: Local cuisine is showcased, with dishes like "papas arrugadas" (wrinkled potatoes) with "mojo" sauce, and "gofio" (a type of flour made from roasted grains).

Feliz Día de Canarias… Happy Canary Islands Day

- Art and Crafts: Exhibitions of Canarian crafts, including pottery, embroidery, and basket weaving.

- Parades and Fireworks: Many towns and villages host parades, and the evening often concludes with fireworks to end the celebrations.

Schools, cultural institutions, and community groups organise various activities to educate people about the history and culture of the Canary Islands. These might include lectures, film screenings, exhibitions, and activities in traditional dress of the Canary Islands.

Overall, Día de Canarias is a day of pride and festivity for the residents of the Canary Islands, highlighting their rich cultural heritage and sense of community.

Feliz Día de Canarias… Happy Canary Islands Day