Romería

Romería

RomeriaA romería is a celebration of Catholic origin consisting of a journey or pilgrimage (in festooned carts, carriages, on horseback or on foot) that goes to a sanctuary or chapel of the Madonna or the patron saint of the place, typically located in a country setting or mountain.

Romería attracts legions of people dressed in the traditional manner of the islands, singing folk songs and offering the most representative culinary products to the present people. This gives this event a colorful and an excellent opportunity to learn about an important aspect of canarian and spanish culture.

We started from morning decorating our wagon with the flags of the participating countries in the exchange and some logos. We also prepare some food to be handed out later.

Romería food preparation

Romería food preparation

Romeria food preparation1In summertime, in Canary Islands and in many towns in Spain, there are many romerías, a mix between pilgrimage, parade and feast. In these parties, local people use to step onto wagons or carts and distribute food to the public in the streets. It is a very popular feast where everybody wear traditional costumes, sing, dance and share.

We took part in Romería de San Benito, the most important in La Laguna. So we needed to prepare a lot of food to share during the parade. We worked in groups to do some gofio. We also put on little bags “chochos” or “altramuces”, lupines in english; it’s a salty fruit eaten as snack.