Feast of the Assumption – Asunción de la Virgin

This fiesta falls on August 15th and it is a national holiday all over Spain and the Canary Islands. Most business close, apart from the tourist shops, restaurants and bars. This is a Christian festival and it was introduced in 847AD by Pope Leo IV to celebrate the anniversary of Mary ascending up to heaven.

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Expect fireworks, food and drink and some noisy, fun-filled processions through the streets in Gran Canaria. A statue of Mary is often presented in the church, at the alter, to finish off the procession. Music, dancing and a feast of local delicacies is what makes this such an enjoyable date.

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