Popular celebrations

Starting in January and finishing in December, Santa Cruz de La Palma has a large calendar of events that covers every season in the year. Christmas (December-January) and Carnival (movable between February and March), which reaches its climax with Los Indianos, are specially important in winter due to the hispanic tradition, inherited from the first settlers. Easter (March-April) is the most important celebration in spring, apart from the saint festivities of the Holy Cross (March the 3rd) that also honour the end of the Castilian conquest. In the summer the city celebrates the saint's day of Nuestra Señora de las Nieves (August 5th) and Virgen de La Luz (September 8th), likewise in autumn Santa Cruz honours the San Francisco’s saint day (October 4th) and the Naval festivities, dedicated to Nuestra Señora del Rosario (October 7th).

Throughout the history of Santa Cruz de La Palma and outside the regular calendar of events, some extraordinary festivities have endured: since the city fundation the Bajada de la Virgen de Las Nieves is held once in a five-year period, all years finished in «0» y «5»: 2010, 2015, 2020…

Popular celebrations have some peculiarities that can be summarized in a few key points: the religious origins of many of these festivities; its antique character and a complex evolutionary process that has been enriched with the leading trend of each century. It is also worth mentioned the existance of original protocols, rituals and events that shape most events; the artistic nature of these festivities, where plastic, literary, musical and theatrical elements coexist, and finally, there is also a preference to use its streets and squares as the proper place for the celebrations to take place.