What does the Canary carnival differ in?
Everyone considers that a carnival which passes in its country - the best. And it is natural, but those who visited a carnival on Canary Islands, recognize that if there was the international competition of masquerades, then one of the highest places on it was taken by a carnival which is carried out in Santa - Crous - - Tenerife, the administrative capital of the island of Tenerife.
Many of those who visited the Canary carnival even consider it as the second in the world on brightness after the well-known carnival in Rio - - Zhaneyro. It is clear, that it only the exaggeration but pleasant for many islanders. These holidays coincide also on carrying out time. They pass at the end of February - at the beginning of March.
While all Christian world prepares for the Lent, the city Santa - Crous on the Canary island of Tenerife is going to become the real center of rest and fun. Representatives of church not once tried to abolish a carnival, but all their attempts came to so far grief as temperamental Spaniards always had an aspiration to have a good time above church dogmas.
Besides have also a good time on islands on - paradise innocently. For example, abandon each other eggs, but, unlike continental Spain, empty, filled sometimes only with chalk or ashes for fun. There is no place for aggression here and. For all history of a carnival locals do not remember any collision, except festive fights with the help of confetti and the serpentine. All energy is spent only for dances and numerous competitions - parades.
Carnival history in Santa - Crous began somewhere in the 17th century. By then only very prosperous families were able to afford to take part in such grandiose carnival. It was the real holiday of music, dances, good wine and a refined cuisine to which the city authorities, military and guests of honor from the different countries were invited.
Simple people did not lag behind the owners too, but unlike the nobility, they took to the streets where they very loudly sang, danced and drank wine, pouring out on city streets the impetuous energy. The local government always tried to interfere with such impetuous cheerfulness of the people. But neither the power, nor sacred inquisition, nor even Franco dictatorship could stop this surprising fiesta. Now this carnival became one of the most favourite holidays of inhabitants of Tenerife which they expect with big impatience every year, very much carefully preparing for it.
the Main character of a carnival - the inhabitant of depths the Sardine. What it symbolizes, it is difficult to tell, apparently, something not really good. At first its cardboard image, big as human sins, it is burned on a fire, and then a clownish funeral procession in which there is both a Pope, and monks, with loud crying takes out ashes from the city.
In 1980 the Spanish minister of tourism disguised as the Batman`s suit participated in such ceremony. The minister was so struck that provided to a carnival the status of paramount value for the international tourism. You can believe it, but it is better to visit most there and to make own opinion.
But most is more main on a carnival - it is carnival dances - “ los mogolyenes “ in which thousands " take part; " masks; and the tenerifets and guests dressed in carnival costumes. In time “ los mogolyenes “ the audience does not exist, here it are participants. Temperamental dances leave nobody indifferent. The most resistant begin to dance with eight o`clock in the evening and till the morning, doing small breaks. There is an impression that dances all city.
One more high point of a carnival is the competition “ Queen Karnavala “ which turns into parade of magnificent dresses of the local beauties decorated with feathers of exotic birds, brilliant and multi-colored jewelry. This magic night, apparently, most important for many local girls because to become “ Queen Karnavala “ means to become known and popular.
The carnival to Tenerife differs from others also the fact that the same holiday is spent also for children. In total as at adults, but under their vigilant supervision.