CULTURAL HERITAGE:FIESTAS


OUR LADY OF ROSARIO FEAST (October)

In 2002, it was declared as Fiesta of National Tourist Interest by the Spanish government. It takes place in October.

Marian fervour, art, tradition, culture, people celebration, meeting and coexistence, assertion of a people’s identity… Celebrating the Our Lady of Rosario feast means all that and even more to the Agüimes people.

From the many events included in these fiestas, the following are remarkable:

- The "Traía del agua y del gofio" reminisces about the old habit of taking gofio (the staple diet of the island) to mills.

As well as an ancient tradition in the town of Agüimes, this event also represents a truly popular expression, remembering and bringing one of the oldest Canarian historical and cultural traditions up to date.

- La Romería – Ofrenda a Ntra. Señora Del Rosario (Offering to Our Lady of Rosario). This essentially popular fiesta recalling ancient events and yesteryearcircumstances from our singular environment.

Carriages from all the neighbourhoods are decorated; parrandas (typical small groups of music), traditional music, dancing groups and many people wearing the typical Canarian costume participate. 

- El Encuentro en el Casco (Meeting in the Old Quarter)

Examples of our habits, typical music and gastronomy are shown everywhere in the Old Quarter.

From the Plaza del Rosario to the Plaza del San Antón, streets are full of exponents of our popular culture: from cheese, bread, oil, cake tasting, to the “ordeñá” (milking) of goats or cows, el juego del palo (a game with sticks), pet exhibitions, and many other activities; local parrandas providing the music.

Feast of Saint Joseph, Worker(May) 

"El día del Aparcero y el Pastoreo". Agricultural and pasturage tradition in the Cruce de Arinaga neighbourhood is still alive thanks to this festive event celebrated in May.

This event tries to remember a deeply-rooted tradition in the south of Gran Canaria. As it is well-known, for many decades tomato growing and pasturage have been the daily means of sustenance of the Agüimes inhabitants.

This day program includes a salto del pastor (shepherd’s jump) display, lucha canaria (Canarian wrestling), juego del Palo (game with a stick), “Ordeñá” (milking), typical desserts tasting, sancocho popular, children games, etc… parrandas and traditional music groups provide the music for all these events.

“VARÁ DEL PESCAO” (Feast in honour of Our Lady of El Pino) (September)

"La vará del pescao" is a colourful and musical route being celebrated at the end of August at the Playa de Arinaga to remember a deeply-rooted activity among fishermen: that is, the traditional way of taking fishes out of the sea to the coast.

The procession covers the maritime boulevard of the Arinaga beach, where visitors may have “pescaíto asao” (roast fish), while parrandas, and music bands serenade them.

CARNIVAL

Carnival is a contribution to Agüimes by the conquerors, once they had arrived at the Canary Islands. Century over century, it has been preserved as one of the most important traditions; no obstacles have held the Carnival back, as this fiesta is such a collective feeling.

It is a legendary carnival that could get up to date such tradition at the same time that it has preserved the best from the past. It has become an innovative and participatory fiesta (there are up to eleven murgas in Agüimes), which accommodates room for delicious meals (for instance, rice pudding and omelettes), traditional costumes, sequins, balls, drag queens, jokes, parades, vans, and floats.

The most outstanding events in the Carnival may be the following: El Baile del Carnaval Antiguo (Ancient Carnival Ball), el Entierro de la Sardina (Sardine’s Burial), andEl Encuentro de Carnavales del Mundo (Carnivals of The World Meeting).