La Rama in Agaete

The festival of the Rama is without a doubt one of the most popular celebrations on the island of Gran Canaria. Since ancestral times it went from being a mere popular celebration, to a religious event to honor Nuestra Señora de las Nieves who is the patron saint of Agaete. Every year on the 4th […]
 

Fiesta Rama Agaete CartelThe festival of the Rama is without a doubt one of the most popular celebrations on the island of Gran Canaria. Since ancestral times it went from being a mere popular celebration, to a religious event to honor Nuestra Señora de las Nieves who is the patron saint of Agaete.

Every year on the 4th of August this festival is celebrated as a symbol of identity to the island since being declared in 1972 as a festival of National Tourism Interest.

The fishing village of Agaete in the northwest of the island of Gran Canaria hosts the main highlights of this celebration which attracts more than 30.000 people each year. Hotels, apartments and hostels are booked up months in advance and many arrive by car the night before just to secure an easy parking space.

The Rama festival is a 24 hour continuous party which never stops. The crowds dance to the two village bands; La Banda de Agaete and La Banda de las Nieves. The Agaete villagers work all year round preparing for this day, and to ensure they give the warmest welcome to the visitors who come to celebrate with them on this day.

They are very proud of their annual festival and decorate the streets with canarian banners, flags, lanterns and garlands of lights crossing the narrow village streets, also on the balconies you can not miss all the branches of pine, eucalyptus and penny royal.

Bajada de La Rama : Palm Procession

Bajada de la Rama Agaete

The celebration starts at 5 am with the Diana, this is the first procession of the event. Early risers and those who have not yet made it to bed from the previous nights party, accompany the two village bands through the streets.

It is a massive parade led by a group of Papagüevos, These are large models worn on the shoulders of villagers that represent the popular people of the village who go up to Tamadaba in search of the Rama.

In the palm procession the people dance through the narrow streets in the town waving their tree branches to the sound of the town bands and making their way down to Puerto de las Nieves.

Everyone gets involved even the smallest child perched on an adults shoulders waves their branch with a frenzy. Balconies and roof tops are filled with audiences also joining in with the celebration and all that can be seen is a moving green carpet of branches and the papagüevos protruding above the crowds.

The Festival Traditions

Once they have all arrived at the beach the tradition is to beat the sea with the branches, still dancing and cooling down in the sea which is welcomed after the long walk. It is said that this tradition come from an ancient ritual in which a flood of dancers walked from El Pinar de Tamadaba to the sea, waving their branches to the rhythm of the music begging for the rain to come. Basically it is like a rain dance.

Farolillos Rama Agaete

When the evening arrives then it is time for the ‘retreat’ where children and adults walk through the village streets with lanterns. The music continues to sound throughout the white walls of the houses in this quaint fishing village.  The final highlight of the celebrations is a spectacular firework display which lights up the sky in the colour of a rainbow.

Fiesta de la Rama, AgaeteQuick Overview

  • Name: Fiesta de la Rama
  • Location: Agaete
  • Month: August
  • Day: 4 of August
  • Hour of the day: Day and Night
  • Highlight: Festival
  • Duration: 2 Day and the weekend
  • Ayuntamiento de Agaete

Author: Juan Perdomo
Translation: Amanda Belomonte

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La Rama in Agaete written by Amanda Belmonte
My name is Amanda Belmonte and I am a web/graphic designer and photographer. I have lived in the Canary Islands for almost 15 years. Although I have lived in Lanzarote for most of that time, Gran Canaria has always been my dream Island to live on, yet it has taken me 13 years to get here.


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