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.
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.