Canary Islands’ Day is celebrated on May 30th every year. The government, 87 municipalities and town councils all take part in the organisation of a great festival celebrating the islands – how they were and how they are now.
If you plan to be here for Canary Islands Day 2008, you can expect to enjoy traditional plays, traditional food tasting, folk music, dancing to a Canarian orchestra and a demonstration of traditional Canarian sports, such as stick-fighting and Lucha Canaria (a type of wrestling).
There is plenty of canarian cooking and drink around for you to try and the festivities take place all over the island, from Puerto Rico right up to Las Palmas, but most happens in Las Palmas, the capital, so it might be worth taking a trip up there.
Lucha Canaria is interesting, if you can get to see it. It’s like a cross between sumo wrestling and judo. And the stick-fighting is as you would expect – men fighting with sticks!
If you want a real taste of popular culture, Día de las Islas Canarias 2008 is a great way to enjoy it! And May tends to be hot and rain-free (well, so does most of the year) so it’s a good time to take a break before the hordes of summer tourists descend on the place – and you can get to see how to Canarians let their hair down and celebrate their island!