The Sardine Ceremony, Teguise, Lanzarote

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.

Crowds gather for the festival

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.

Sardine Festival Sardine Festival

Sardine Festival Sardine Festival

Sardine Festival Sardine Festival

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 The Sardine The Sardine

Preparing for the funeral Preparing for the funeral

 Lighting the Fire Lighting the Fire

Fire is going Fire is going

Sardine is buried Sardine is buried

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