Alfombras de La Orotava • Feast of Corpus Christi

The Feast of Corpus Christi takes place every 4th June to celebrate the Eucharist.

In the municipality of La Orotava, in the north of Tenerife, Corpus Christi has become one of the most charming festivals of the Canary Islands, declared of Cultural Interest and its celebration is a big event on the island, an ode to Popular Art.

La Orotava celebrates Corpus by decking its streets with enormous tapestries made with flower petals and sand, popularly known as “Las Alfombras de La Orotava”, beautiful woven art thanks to the hundreds of volunteers, ephemeral works of art that come into being the night before the procession of Corpus, to die after its passage.

A Tradition from the 19th Century

Before this tradition was born, the fiesta of Corpus Christi in La Orotava was celebrated, as in other places, with a procession of the Corpus along the streets of the Villa.

The tradition was born in the 19th Century, around 1844, when one of the families of the Villa, Los Monteverde del Castillo, decided to make a tapestry of flowers in front of their house in order to honour and celebrate the moment in which the Corpus passed by.

From then on, this tradition was forged and has become what it is today, a symbol of identity of La Orotava and the pride of Tenerife, one of the most pretty and popular festivals of Corpus in Spain.