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Los Hachitos

Los Hachitos
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This celebration dates back to aboriginal times and is held on 23 June in the municipality of Icod de los Vinos. The Guanche people would use beacons and torches made of firebrands known as "hachos" to light their way in the darkness. During the summer solstice, the Island's former inhabitants would light them to celebrate the longest day of the year.

The "hachos" are a sort of torch measuring two or three metres long. They are made of wood and finished at the ends with pieces of metal wrapped in oil-drenched rags where the fire is lit. They are decorated with twigs, flowers and ribbons. As night falls, the fires are lit and the procession sets off from La Vega to El Amparo, livened with "tajaraste" music and dancing, and the joy and cheer of the locals. Smaller "hachos" known as "hachitos" are also made to create light patterns on the hillside, while others are sent rolling down the hill to represent the flow of lava.

  • Where: Icod de los Vinos.
  • When: 23 June.
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