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La Orotava cancels Corpus Christi for only second time in history 

La Orotava has suspended its traditional festivities in honour of Corpus Christi and the Patron Saints.

It is only the second time in history that they have been
suspended. The first was in 1891 and curiously also due to a universal pandemic
but smallpox.

The extraordinary plenary session of La Orotava council
unanimously approved the decision, given the health emergency situation and
State of Emergency declared by the Government of Spain. In addition, all
cultural, recreational and sporting events, or all those involving any type of
agglomeration, including fairs, are suspended until next October.

The Villa festivities have gained great prominence over time
and have become a national and international tourist attraction, as well as
being deeply rooted in the town of La Orotava and having great value for the
people of Orotava and all those who have participated in one way or another
throughout history. The festivals, linked to the ephemeral art of the carpets,
were born between the years 1844 and 1847 from the hand of the Monteverde
family precisely to give greater devotion to the celebration of the festivals
that were celebrated in honor of Corpus Christi; and from there arose the art
of covering the cobblestone streets of the old town with flowers for the
passage of the procession of the Most Holy. And from that date to the present
they have been held continuously, except for one year: in 1891, which were also
suspended due to a global pandemic, but on that occasion smallpox.

The mayor of La Orotava, Francisco Linares regrets that
these measures have to be taken but given the current health situation 
“it is mandatory to avoid this type of event or any act that invites the
agglomeration.

 “It is everyone’s responsibility to avoid greater
evils and to contribute our grain of sand by complying with all the measures
and regulations related to covid 19,” he added.

However, Sr. Linares reports that, although the main events
are not held in the streets of the Villa as is tradition, “Orotavans will
live our traditional and unique festivals in our hearts, and there will be
activities, which will be announced, to live them from our homes. “