The birth and burial (or burning) of the sardine mark the beginning and the end of Carnavals in Spain. The burial, is said to be realated to Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent, or it may be something to do with the harvest festival. The tradition originated in the middle of the 18th century.
Traditionally the sardine is followed by mourners dressed in black weeping and wailing for the sardine. In Teguise it is less of a funeral and more of a party!. Either way this symbolises the end of Carnaval and the return to normality.
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Preparing for the funeral
Lighting the Fire
Fire is going
Sardine is buried