Christmas in Lanzarote
The Christmas in Lanzarote, as it can not be otherwise, are marked by dinners and meals with family and friends. The food has a great importance in these dates and this is demonstrated by the preparation of the typical dishes of these dates: the lamb, the cherne or the cod with onions and the typical sweets such as the truchas, whether stuffed with sweet potato, pumpkin , or a sweet paste called Cabello de Ángel.
The Catholic tradition in the islands, marks the dates indicated. It is customary that all houses mount a representation of the nativity scene, and for years, with the arrival of visitors from all over who spend these dates on the islands or already reside here, they have been adding traditions from other places, such as decorating Christmas trees.
The people of the whole island decorate their streets with Christmas lights, they can see nativity scenes mounted in almost all the squares of the towns. There are very elaborate ones, such as those that the City of Yaiza, the Arrecife, Tinajo or Haría City Council. Normally these representations of the birth of Jesus are exposed to visit them until after the 6th January.
Formerly it was tradition the Easter Ranches, some musical groups that roamed the streets of the villages in order to raise money to celebrate masses for the deceased of each area, and thereby help the souls of the dead to leave the Purgatory. These groups, originally, went out in the month of November and had the name Ranchos de Animas, but over time the custom extended until December, and hence its current name of Easter Ranches. Nowadays one of the few places where this tradition is maintained is La Villa de Teguise.
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day is tradition to spend them with family. But the New Year’s Eve, after dinner at midnight, the year is dismissed by taking the twelve grapes, one for each chime of the clock and toasting for the new year. It is tradition to go out partying, either at private parties at home with friends or relatives, or in any of the parties organized in a town or party room. If you endure until morning, you can not forget to regain strength with a good breakfast: the churros.
Another tradition rooted in all of Spain are the Cabalgatas de Reyes. On the eve of January 5, cavalcades are organized to represent the arrival of the Magi from the East. In Lanzarote, taking advantage of the fact that we have dromedaries on the island, these cavalcades are not made by carriage, but the Kings come mounted on camels driven by their pages. They distribute sweets to the children who have come to see them, before at night they give them gifts if they have been good, or coal if they have behaved badly.
Be that as it may, the matter is to enjoy these dates, and if the weather stops … do not miss the opportunity to go to the beach.