CARNAVAL. Arrerife, Tías, Costa Teguise
These festivals boast the largest attendance among all those celebrated on the island.
Thousands of people follow the parades of floats in the three aforementioned towns.
The “murgas” are groups that compose their own saucy lyrics to well known songs, and the “comparsas”, groups who dance to the samba rhythm, both typical of Carnival on the island.
Also traditional are the “Parranda de Los Buches” in Arrecife and “Parranda de Los Diabletes”, in Teguise. Los Buches are of seafaring origin; masked and in traditional costumes they dance and sing, hitting spectators with dried fish bladders filled with air.
“Los Diabletes”, with devilish masks, “terrorise” children on the streets of Teguise.
Recently the Carnival at Haría has been gaining acceptance with its “Entierro de la Sardina”, the Burial of the Sardine.
CORPUS CRISTI. Arrecife
It takes place in many cities, towns and villages during the Saturdays and Sundays of May. Nevertheless, these festivals acquire their greatest splendour in Arrecife. Early on Saturday afternoons, residents begin to make carpets of sea salt to be laid down in lively colours and shapes. The work does not end until late at night, following a previously planned route through the streets around the San Gines church.
SAN JUAN. Haría
I Marking the beginning of summer on the night from the 23rd to the 24th of June, huge bonfires ire built around the whole island and corn cobs are roasted.
SAN MARCIAL, PATRON SAINT OF LANZAROTE. Femés -Yaiza
Festivals in honour of the patron saint of the island, San Marcial, take place during the first week of July. His image is honoured in the hermitage that holds his name in the village of Femes.
NUESTRA SENORA DEL CARMEN.
In almost all cities and towns.
Of special note are the celebrations on the second fortnight of July in Villa Teguise, the former capital of Lanzarote; on the tourist coast of Tías; in Playa Blanca (Yaiza) and in the fishermen’s village Caleta de Sebo, capital of the small La Graciosa Island. The processions with the image of the Virgin along the seaside are especialIy appealing.
SAN GINES. Arrecife
Halfway through the month of August these festivals unite the entire population of Lanzarote.
NUESTRA SEŃORA DE LOS REMEDIOS, Yaiza
First week of September. With a beautiful traditional pilgrimage leading to the Los Remedios church.
NUESTRA SEŃORA DE LOS DOLORES, PATRON SAINT OF LANZAROTE. Mancha, Blanca – Tinajo
Halfway through September this virgin, also called Virgin of the Volcanos, is worshipped. Of special note are the “romeria” (traditional religious pilgrimage), the folkloric festival with representatives from all the Canary Islands and a crafts fair.