Fuerteventura, this idyllic and desert island made of sand and sea, also has a centuries-old culture that has survived over the years. Pilgrimages, flea markets, the perpetuated popular festivals in every village throughout the year, the typical handicrafts made of openwork, straw and mud, are examples of a tradition that survives nowadays.
The Big Dance of “Taifas” of Fuerteventura, taking place in the Canary Islands Day, is celebrated this year on the night of May 28th 2016, and this shows how rooted their culture is in “majoreros”, an encounter with tradition, music and gastronomy in the Canary Islands, besides being the funniest and most authentic festivity.
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The Academy of Language in the Canary Islands defines “Taifa” as some traditional dances held in small venues, rounds of couples dancing at a time in each turn, directed by a person responsible for enforcing certain rules, such as the order of performance.
Formerly they were, therefore, small gatherings of dancers and musicians in small, enclosed spaces on the occasion of any celebration, from a birth to the collection of a crop. Currently, “Taifa” dances are public and have become events of massive scope, but tradition endures in music, dress, dance, gastronomy …
Una fiesta muy tradicional
Sixteen years ago, as the result of a proposal by the folk groups from the island, the first “Taifa” dances were held in Fuerteventura. What one day came up as a popular meeting of traditional musicians and dancers has grown year after year to become the largest gathering in “majorera” society and a benchmark festival throughout the archipelago.
Thousands of people gather each year in the maritime avenue of Puerto del Rosario dressed in traditional costumes of the Canary Islands, laden with majorero cheese, roasted maize meal cakes, dogfish and goat meat among other delicacies of The Canary Island cuisine, with the hope of enjoying the most familiar and authentic night.
People all over the archipelago move to Fuerteventura to live their magical night and dance “Isas, folías and malagueñas” to the sound of guitars, “bandurrias” and “timples” until almost dawn.
Take advantage of this great opportunity to immerse yourself in the Canary Islands tradition, music, dance and cuisine. See you on May 28th 2016 on the Avenue of Puerto del Rosario, and do not forget your traditional costume, it is mandatory!