Day Of The Cross

March 11, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The 3rd of May is one of the liveliest days in Santa Cruz. Following an old tradition from the times when the city was founded, around five centuries ago, the capital is carefully adorned with flowers neatly tied together by residents to create colourful crosses. Locals from different districts compete to be awarded the most beautiful cross.

Day Of The Cross

Day Of The Cross

The night before, people dressed in traditional clothing gather in the historical street, Calle de la Noria, to enjoy a feast prepared with local produce.

The festival continues with folk music and dances.

The Festival of the Cross is also celebrated in other boroughs around the island. Spectacular fireworks decorate the sky above Los Realejos, where rival groups from the streets El Medio and El Sol compete against each other to cover the sky. This festival is a true spring celebration as hundreds of colourful flowers are weaved into crosses and displayed in homes, chapels and religious buildings in Los Realejos and Puerto de la Cruz.

Borough: Los Realejos, Puerto de la Cruz and Santa Cruz de Tenerife
When to go: 3rd May
Accessibility: Yes
Suitable for families: Yes

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