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Colourful Salt Carpets Mark Corpus Christi

Friday June 8, 2012

Colourful Salt Carpets Mark Corpus Christi

It’s Corpus Christi this weekend and on Lanzarote the event is marked in style as locals create intricate carpets using coloured salt in villages and towns across  the island.

Corpus Christi is one of the most colourful annual events on Lanzarote and always falls eight weeks after Easter, commemorating the Eucharist. In many other Catholic countries (and indeed on other Canary Islands) the event is marked by the creation of biblical scenes using flowers – a good example being La Orotova in Tenerife. But on Lanzarote the lack of flowering plants and windy conditions gave rise to the use of coloured salts instead – also reflecting the fact that sea salt was once an important local product. Whilst the variety of scenes depicted has now become far more eclectic and extends way beyond just religious references alone.

The epicentre of the activity is in the island capital of Arrecife, where local residents groups associations, schools and even bodies such as the fire service will be creating their salt carpets in around the El Charco de San Gines area on Saturday from after 16.00 (after the morning weekly market). Before a religious procession embarking from the Church de San Gines on Sunday at 13.00 then walks across these carpets on the Sunday.

Similar events will also be taking place in all of the main municipal towns on the island, such as Teguise, Tinajo and Tias, although times and dates will vary. Arrecife is the best spot to head for though if you want to take in this interesting event and buses run into the capital from all of the main resorts on the island. Parking is also available beneath the Arrecife Gran Hotel and the rough ground close to El Charco.

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