The Day of the Canary Islands – Día de las Canarias

The Day of the Canary Islands (Día de las Canarias) is a public holiday in the Canary Islands, celebrated on 30 May each year. This event celebrates the islands’ culture, history, people and my favourite: food. It marks the anniversary of the first session of the autonomous Canary Islands Parliament’s, which was on 30 May, 1983.
I was surprised today to see plenty of people (mainly women and children, very few men) wearing traditional Canarian outfits in the street.
Now THIS is Gran Canaria Style! Have a look!

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The Canarian flag - la bandera Canaria

The Canarian flag – la bandera Canaria

A curio: As I’ve read, one of the special events organised on this day are … wait for it… „displays of cattle pulling sleighs“. Yep, you got it right. Now, google images will show you a few photos of cows (cattle) pulling sleighs in their natural environment – on the snow. But there’s also this photo:

ca. 1970-1990, Gweta, Botswana --- Herero cattle pull a sled of firewood to a Herero cattle post. | Location: Near Gweta, Botswana.  --- Image by © Peter Johnson/CORBIS

ca. 1970-1990, Gweta, Botswana — Herero cattle pull a sled of firewood to a Herero cattle post. | Location: Near Gweta, Botswana. — Image by © Peter Johnson/CORBIS

This was taken in mainland Africa. Maybe here they pull the sled on the beach? I haven’t seen it, so could any Canarian reader comment on this? Send me a photo?

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