May festivities in Santa Cruz de Tenerife
The city dresses up to commemorate its 529th anniversary. Here you can discover all the activities that take place during the month of May
1. History of the conquest of Tenerife
The history of the May festivities dates back to the time of the conquest of the Canary Islands strong> by the Spanish. According to legend, in 1494 the conquistador Alonso Fernández de Lugo arrived on the island of Tenerife with a small image of theSanta Cruz that had been blessed by the Pope Innocent VIII. Fernández de Lugo placed the image in a small sanctuary that he built on top of a hill, which he called Cruz del Señor.
Over the centuries, devotion to the Holy Cross grew among the inhabitants of the city, until a brotherhood for its veneration was created in the 17th century. In the 19th century, the brotherhood began to organize processions and festivals in honor of the Holy Cross, and these celebrations became increasingly popular among the population.
Source: elcorazondetenerife.com (May 2023 party poster)
Over time, the May festivities became a massive celebration in which the religious and the popular were mixed. Throughout the month of May, processions, dances, concerts, sports competitions and cultural activities are organized for all ages.
The night of traditions is on May 2 where families get together and celebrate the dance of magicians central event of the May festivities and which has more than eighty years of history.
<h5>2. Festival of the Holy Cross</h5>
The high point of the festivities is May 3, known as the Day of the Cross. On that day, the inhabitants of the city decorate the streets and squares with flower crosses and processions are organized that run through the main arteries of the city. There is also a popular fair where you can taste typical dishes of Canarian gastronomy and participate in games and attractions.
In short, the May festivities in Santa Cruz de Tenerife are a centuries-old tradition that reflects the cultural and religious richness of the island. They are a unique opportunity to enjoy music, folklore, gastronomy and the festive atmosphere that characterizes this city.