The Basilica of Our Lady of Candelaria, is a place well worth visiting. It is the work of Enrique Marrero Regalado, built upon the initiative of the G üimar bishop Domingo Pérez Cáceres. In its interior there are murals by José Aguiar and works of the painter Martín González. Also worth visiting is the Chapter House “Casa del Cabildo”, where the painter lodged himself when assisting the festivities.
The textile works carried out on the looms are the characteristic crafts of this region.
Among the local celebrations, the Festivity of Our Lady of Candelaria, on the 2nd of February and her apparition on the 15 th of August, are both outstanding. People come from through out the island to this celebration. On this date, that some authors relate with the festivity of the aborigin Beñesmen, a representation of the events that happened when the image was first found by the guanches, is portrayed. Dressed in skins, the participants act out the discovery of the virgin by some shepherds, up to its worship, due to the miracles observed.
The dance of the ribbons in Igueste de Candelaria is an interesting legacy of folklore.
| Calendar of Popular Festivities in Candelaria
| February 2nd
|| Our Lady of Candelaria
|| Carnivals. Regional encounter of Murgas
| Sunday closest to March 19th
|| San José. Barranco Hondo. Pilgrimage
| Last Sunday in May
|| Pilgrimage of San Isidro. Araya de Candelaria
|| San Juanito. Widow Beach (Playa de la Viuda)
| June 24th
|| San Juan Igueste de Candelaria. San Juan. Pilgrimage
| July 16th
|| Our Lady of Carmen
| July 26th
|| Festivities of Santa Ana
|| Song Festival of the Villa of Candelaria
| August 14 – 15th
|| Ascension of the Virgin. Representation of the Virgin’s appearance to the Guanches. Festivity of national tourist interest
| Second Sunday in August
|| Holy Trinity. Igueste de Candelaria
| Last Sunday in August
|| Santa María Magdalena. Las Caletillas
| October 13th
|| Canonical Coronation Anniversary of the Holy Image
| Last Sunday in October
|| Santa Rita. Araya de Candelaria
| 30 noviembre
|| San Andrés. Caves of Candelaria
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