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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.
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 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).