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Canary Islands Day when traditional games in Spain returned to a Garachico school

Updated on October 30, 2015

Canary Islands Day photos

A traditional dance
A traditional dance
Traditional music and song
Traditional music and song
Tug of war
Tug of war
Sack race
Sack race
The audience
The audience
Mind your step
Mind your step

A Spanish school in Garachico celebrates Canary Islands Day

On 30 May Canary Islands Day is celebrated in Tenerife but the fun got off to an early start this year because the official day fell on a Saturday so many schools held their festivities on the Friday beforehand. So it was at CEIP Antonio del Valle Menéndez school in Garachico where I had worked until the end of April.

I went along to visit the children and the teachers again that I had worked with not long ago and it was a glorious sunny day, just right for celebrating such an occasion. When I had been at the school the PE teacher Omar and the English teacher Goretty had held a much smaller but very successful event in the gymnasium earlier in the year that featured traditional games. This time some of those games made their return but on a much bigger scale and this time because of the glorious weather it all took place outside.

Many parents and relatives of the children turned up to watch and the playground was the ideal place to celebrate it all. Traditional games like the sack race, skipping, tug-of-war and watch-your-step were played, and actually I was to learn what the last fun activity was called.

One of the girls called Zuleyma asked me what it was In English. I felt a bit daft but I had to admit I didn't know, and I still don't know what the wooden-block-like footwear used in this game are called in my own language. Zuleyma went to ask Goretty and she said the game was mind-your-step or watch-your-step.

Goretty told me what the crazy shoes were in Spanish and I think she said "cancos" so I looked that up in my dictionary when I got home but it wasn't there. Maybe it is a Spanish game with an English name? Anyway I had never seen it before but I know one thing for certain, if I ever have to wear shoes like that I would definitely have to watch my step!

All the children and staff of the school were wearing the colourful Canary Island costumes and looked amazing. I fancy getting one of the fancy red embroidered waistcoats myself and although I am not from here I feel like Tenerife is my home now.

Besides the traditional games there was traditional music too as well as dancing. There was a band of musicians and some of the children sang songs accompanied by the group.

My Spanish isn't good enough to understand the song lyrics but it didn't matter at all. I was simply enjoying the colourful spectacle of it all and it was so good to see everyone again.

Luckily I had my camera with me and got to take a lot of photos of the event at which everyone had a wonderful time. People on Tenerife certainly know how to have a good time and Canary Islands Day is a major cause for celebration.

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    • Bard of Ely profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      8 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      I am glad you liked it Neil! I just wish I had my job back at that school!

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      George Poe 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      Great info! I have bookmarked this hub for further reading..

    • Bard of Ely profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      9 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      I have just posted a comment in your hub, Countrywomen and would like to add to back up some of what I was trying to explain by suggesting you watch the interview with Aaron Russo in my hub here: https://hubpages.com/politics/Is-the-Earth-really-...

      Russo, who was a well-respected film director, talks to Alex Jones about what Nick Rockefeller told him. Russo got some of his information directly from a member of an elite banking family. He was offered the chance of joining the elite but rejected it seeing it as the evil their way is.

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      countrywomen 

      9 years ago from Washington, USA

      Sometimes translations can be tough. You did a good job. Btw I wrote a hub about Peace (which one person has emailed me saying that it was extremely critical of US) but being from Europe do you also feel it was unduly critical. I know maybe I am soliciting but I certainly would like to know how a wise person like you feels about it.

      PS: I am a 26 year old woman hence please excuse my ignorance.

    • Bard of Ely profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      9 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you, Countrywomen! Actually I just amended it to improve what I'd written. Funnily enough Zuleyma had asked me what various things were in English before when I was a classroom assistant and I didn't always know but that was usually because I didn't know the Spanish word she was asking. This time I knew what it was she wanted to know but had no word for it.

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      countrywomen 

      9 years ago from Washington, USA

      Pleasure is mine. I always learn something new from your hubs. You really are a man of immense knowledge and wisdom.

    • Bard of Ely profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Andrews 

      9 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

      Thank you for enjoying my new hub, Countrywomen!

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      countrywomen 

      9 years ago from Washington, USA

      Good hub and nice pictures. Btw even I learned a new game called "mind your step". Thumbs up for an informative hub.

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