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Among the local celebrations, the most notable takes place at the end of December and is called the Dance of the Child (El Baile del Niño), that since 1816, is celebrated each Christmas in the parochial church of La Matanza . It is a Christmas “tajaraste”, played with drums, flute, tambourine and triangle, and is danced in two rows among which the dancers play a pair of castanets.

The Festivities of San Salvador, in the church of the same name, are celebrated on August 6 th, and on May 31 st, the events that gave the town its name are evoked. The carnival has a well deserved fame.

Calendar of Popular Festivities in La Matanza de Acentejo
January 17th San Antonio Abad
Last two Sundays in January and first Sunday in February Livestock Fair of San Antonio Abad
April 1st San Blas. Chamaina
May 3rd The Cross ( La Cruz)
June – July Crafts Fair
Last Sunday in July Our Lady of El Socorro. San Antonio
August 6th Patron Festivities in honour of El Salvador and Our Lady of El Rosario
Last Sunday in August Virgin of Carmen. El Caletón
September 8th Our Lady Guide
December 24th Festivities of the Dance of the Child (Baile del Niño)
The week after Corpus “Los Cuarteles”

The area’s craftwork centres on basket weaving and wood work.

Cultural Interest Centres

Guildhall Archive

Phone: 922 577 120

Guía Public Library

Phone: 922 577 120

Cultural Information Office

Culture Council of the Villa of La Matanza de Acentejo

Phone: 922 577 120

For Complete cultural information concerning Tenerife and the Canaries visit www.tenerifeculture.com


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