Teguise Carnival in Lanzarote
There is a vast amount of different festivals and events that take place within Lanzarote. One of the popular events within this area is Teguise Carnival and this event is popular with both locals and tourists alike. A lot of the tourists that enjoy taking part in this carnival use the regular flights to Lanzarote. This carnival normally takes place during February. This carnival usually starts with birth of the sardine and it finishes with either the burial or burning of the sardine. This carnival is actually very similar to the harvest festival. On the evening prior to the carnival parade there tends to be a band that are based on the back of an open lorry and they play to the crowds that gather to celebrate the start of the festivities. The start of these festivities is also marked by a torch light procession and this is normally held by German people although a wide range of people tend to take part in it.
This carnival event features street parades, dancing and live music. These parades take place all across Lanzarote and this happens during the period leading up to Lent. Within the resort of Teguise the carnival also includes a feature that is known as the Dance of the Diabletes and this is features a number of characters wearing masks with horns and they chase after the locals.
For many years now the Teguise Diabletes have made it their mission to scare the other islanders during this festival. This tradition dates back to the seventh century when it was a regular event at Corpus Christi celebrations. It actually did not take long for people to voice their disapproval at this event however even nowadays they still remain one of the most popular attractions at the Teguise Carnival and this is an annual event.