Tenerife tradition Romería
Romería comes from the word ‘procession’ and refers to the pilgrims who traveled to Rome (romero / Romeiro) or to another sanctuary and as such it is a Catholic celebration. Historically seen is this procession a pilgrimage, but the tradition and the traditional shifts and changes have ensured that ‘pilgrimage’ of today is not the synonym to describe a romería. Nevertheless, it’s pretty close because one always carries one saint/patron during a romería in the streets of the village.
ROMERÍA in La Orotava
Most beautiful and most famous romería is certainly in La Orotava.
The procession consists of 85 carriages pulled by at least as many oxen, 25,000 people (procession goers and visitors) in authentic ‘mago & maga’-clothes and dozens of groups whom colour the whole village.
A society founded in 1855 realized the first edition of this romería in 1936 and is based on the idea that a romería is not a carnival event, but a purely traditional folk procession.
Throughout the whole year there are processions through a town or a municipality. One is larger than the other but the common thread through all romería stories is that it is contagiously inviting and that people are attracted like a magnet to be involved in this event. Each romería has its patron saint and it always goes along, even leading, in every procession.