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Lanzarote Gears Up For Los Dolores Fiesta 2012

If you’re visiting Lanzarote in mid September then you’ll be able to take in one of the largest and best attended festivals on the island, as the annual Fiesta de Nuestra Senora de los Dolores (or just plain Los Dolores for short) gets underway.

 

Fiesta de los Dolores Lanzarote

Next Stop Mancha Blanca....

 

Over the years Los Dolores has evolved to become the largest celebration of local folklore and traditional culture on Lanzarote.  And now encompasses a whole range of events, including live music and an arts and crafts fair as well as the main event of the fiesta and procession of the icon of Los Dolores in Mancha Blanca.

Los Dolores is the patron saint of Lanzarote, so on an island that takes fiestas seriously it´s little surprise to find that this event attracts tens of thousands of participants.  The history of the event is fascinating as it is rooted in the volcanic eruptions that shook Lanzarote for six years during the 1730´s.   A local priest is said to have prayed for an end to the eruptions and the resulting flow of lava – promising to build a chapel should this come to pass.  Amazingly (and probably coincidentally!) his prayers were answered and some years later the Church of our Lady of Sorrows (as Dolores is also known) was subsequently created.

The main focal point of the fiesta is the Romeria, essentially a pilgrimage, with tens of thousands of locals trekking on foot to the Church of our Lady of Sorrows in Mancha Blanca.  Now you might be forgiven for thinking that this is a somber affair, but you´d be wide of the mark if so.  As all participants don traditional local dress and can often be seen pushing shopping trolleys heaped with booze and other refreshments on their way to Mancha Blanca.

This year´s Romeria takes place on the 16th and you can even hire traditional dress from a variety of shops in the island capital of Arrecife, should you be keen to take part.  The spirit of the fiesta is very inclusive and every year loads of non Spanish locals and tourists get involved.

As well as the Romeria there is also a large scale artisan fair starting on September 12th in Mancha Blanca, featuring a wide array of local arts and crafts.  Along with a folklore music festival which gets underway on the 14th.  So if you fancy booking a last minute break to join in the action just browse our selection of apartments and villas for rent in Lanzarote.

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