Traditional Carnival in Vegueta

The Traditional Carnival in Vegueta, Las Palmas is definitely an event with a difference that is not to be missed! Although it does not originate from Gran Canaria it is still one of the busiest and fun nights throughout the carnival weeks. First celebrated on the island of La Palma, this day is known as […]
 

The Traditional Carnival in Vegueta, Las Palmas is definitely an event with a difference that is not to be missed! Although it does not originate from Gran Canaria it is still one of the busiest and fun nights throughout the carnival weeks. First celebrated on the island of La Palma, this day is known as the Noche de los Indianos, the Night of the Indians. It is celebrated during the carnival season on all of the Canary Islands and is quite often referred to as the white party.

The reason behind the original celebration was to welcome back those islanders who had previously emigrated to South America and the Caribbean who left in search of their fortune and when they made it they returned back to the Canary Islands. This year’s Traditional carnival is on the 8th of February and as always it is in the Barranco del Guiniguada which is the main road, Autovía del Centro, which separates the areas of Triana and Vegueta. It is closed off for the entire event.

The Night of the Indians Dress Code

The dress code for the traditional carnival is quite different to the rest of the carnival, no colourful outfits or costumes based around the theme are seen on this night. For this celebration everyone wears white. Costumes can be picked up in almost all supermarkets and party shops leading up to the event. Outfits consist of white linen trousers or white suits, a white panama hat or similar and costume accessories again all in white.

party goers

The clothing is from an earlier colonial period and is meant to display wealth. Some people like to dress as the wealthy and others choose to dress as their servants. The women’s costumes are normally white dresses and large white hats. Added accessories are white as well. You do not have to dress in traditional white costume though. You are free to wear whatever white clothing you like. But in my experience most people are dressed up in full costumes and very smartly.

traditional carnival

Music and Highlights at the Traditional Carnival

There is plenty of music throughout the night with bands playing on all the streets, a popular one being the Agaete band. Also there are bands playing Cuban and Latin American style music which goes on to the early hours. The highlight at this party is the throwing of talcum powder and flour all over your friends and the strangers next to you. Everyone goes laden down with bags of powders. Once the powder battles start it is each person for themselves!

Agaete band

The air over Triana and Vegueta becomes a thick white mist almost impossible to see in front of you sometimes. You will see people wearing face masks, even swimming goggles to keep the dusts from getting to them. Basically everyone is covered from top to bottom. Beware, if you are not wearing white then you automatically become a target for being dowsed in several bags of flour and talc.

facemasks

A thoroughly enjoyable night! And if you have not had the chance to go then make it this year. Just remember to wear white of some kind and do not forget to take your choice of powder. Expect to have a fair amount of cleaning to do when you arrive home. If you are sensitive to dust then its advisable to wear a face mask and you can still join in with all the fun.

Author: Amanda Belmonte

Quick Overview

Name of Event: Traditional Carnival
Place: Barranco de Guiniguadain between Triana and Vegueta.
Hour:  Evening & Night
Date: 18 February
Highlight: Powder Throwing and Music
Official Web Page: Ayuntamiento de Las Palmas
Images: multimedia.laprovincia.es

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Traditional Carnival in Vegueta 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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