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Fiesta de La Rama: A great Gran Canaria tradition

March 9, 2018
Fiesta de La Rama: your indispensable guide

Gran Canaria is very much a party island. It’s not only our legendary nightlife, second only to Ibiza on the Spanish-islands front. There are also Gran Canaria’s rather more traditional celebrations, like the Fiesta de La Rama.

Another Gran Canaria Local blog post and another three-part guide. You’ll discover where the Fiesta de La Rama takes place along with what you can expect to see there. Before we provide you with the date to put into your diary.

1. Fiesta de La Rama: where it’s at

The Fiesta de La Rama’s the main event on Agaete‘s annual party calendar and even has a museum in town dedicated to telling its history. You know something’s worth going to on Gran Canaria if Global put on extra buses. As they do when Barça and Real Madrid visit to play UD Las Palmas, as well as for the island’s major fiestas such as La Rama.

2. Fiesta de La Rama: what

Talk about branching out on Gran Canaria. La Rama sees pine branches carried down from Tamadaba (the forest located 3,000 feet above sea level). The procession goes through the whitewashed municipal capital, accompanied by the Agaete Municipal Band and papagüevos (essentially giant-head puppets of celebrated local characters), and on to Puerto de las Nieves.

As revellers plea for “aguita, aguita”, watching natives help them beat the heat by throwing water over them from their balconies. Arriving at the port, the pine branches are roundly and soundly thrashed in the ocean as part of an ancient canarii (pre-Christian) ritual to ensure there will be adequate rain for next season’s crops. Partygoers jump into the Atlantic to further cool themselves down and then chill to the beach’s sound systems whilst enjoying a home-made ice-cream.

The designated La Rama area is a pedestrianized zone although lorries carrying ice are always let through. To deliver to the stalls selling mojitos and guarapo (sugarcane juice). Although those in the know bring their own booze and non-alcoholic refreshments to keep costs down.

When night falls, the festival crowd head back into town. A lantern-lit parade keeps the party going. Before the whole event ends with a bang as a firework display with a spectrum to match Joseph’s legendary coat of many colours lights up the evening sky.

3. Fiesta de La Rama: when

The first of the thousands of revellers make their way to the muncipality at dawn on 4th August where the Diana starts with the band and papagüevos. The branches come out at ten in the morning for the Bajada and are waved as the crowd continues its procession towards the port which they reach just after midday. There follows the Retreta into town at 10:00pm and fireworks at 1:00am, but the Fiestas Nuestra Señora de Las Nieves (of which La Rama forms a part) continue well into August.

 

  • And the band play on at La Rama

    And the band play on at La Rama

    Band on the march at La Rama

  • Big heads at La Rama

    Big heads at La Rama

    Feeling swell at La Rama

  • Having it large at La Rama

    Having it large at La Rama

    Getting down with it at La Rama

  • La Rama greenery

    La Rama greenery

    Going green at La Rama