November 22nd, 2018
The aborigines of the Canary Islands had rituals that have been preserved for more than thousend years to the present day, even though they are somewhat related to the Christian culture. A few years ago I was able to travel to the beautiful island of Gran Canaria in August and luckily I found out about one of these rare celebrations.
Currently the party is known as "La Rama" (The Branch as it translated to English) and its place of celebration is the small charming village of Agaete, about 30 km from the capital of the island. The party couldn't be more spectacular. Through the streets of the town the locals go parading and dancing with small and big branches in their hands, something that was done to ask the gods that the rains were suitable for the harvests.
The parade is presided over by the peculiar "Papahuevos", giant big heads that embody different traditional figures of the town. The procession goes in this way to the shrine of the "Virgen de las Nieves" (Virgin of the Snows) to make a final offering that ends this show of music, fun and exoticism.
I already loved all of it, but the truth is that the hours after the celebration were even better than the celebration itself. Popular music continues for many many hours in Agaete, as well as the gastronomic samples that show the best dishes of the area and of the Canary Islands. Thus, the festival of La Rama or The Branch is one of the most curious and fun events of all that I have known in the Canary Islands, so I have no doubt, I will always recommend it to anyone who asks me about the best way to spend a day or two in the island of Gran Canaria.
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