Tuesday, 17 February 2009

Carnaval on Tenerife – the Donkeys of Güímar

The big event during the town of Güímar’s Carnaval celebrations is ‘Las Burras de Güímar’.
Organised by some of the younger townsfolk, it’s a re-enactment of local folklore based on the belief that witches in the area can transform themselves into donkeys.

The event involves the young witches turning into donkeys, demons being summoned and an epic battle between good and evil which sees the witches, demon and devils locking horns with San Miguel and his band of ass kicking…err angels. It culminates with the witches being burned alongside the ubiquitous sardine, who appears just to be there for the ride. Sounds like a typical Friday night in Güímar then.

If the witches are actually dressed (if that’s the right word) as the picture suggests, I’m definitely putting the date in my diary, but I will be taking a pair of protective goggles; those look as though they could easily have your eye out.

Venue: From Plaza de San Pedro Arriba, Güímar

Date: Night of Friday 27th February

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