Today there will be a Burial of the Sardine, yes, in the middle of June, in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, but nevertheless there will be no San Juan bonfires in many places on the Island, as has been the tradition at least until the pandemic arrived, to celebrate the shortest night of the year. Normality, from what can be seen, is not understood in the same way everywhere during this San Juan in Tenerife.
Thus, while many municipalities prohibit them, others organize them, at least in the south of the island. From El Rosario to Santiago del Teide, these two municipalities are the ones that have most opted to maintain the traditional fires of Tabaiba and Puerto de Santiago. Granadilla de Abona also maintains them, with two great celebrations in El Médano and Los Abrigos. The rest of the municipalities have restricted the fogaleras to private spaces and with restrictions.
The City Hall of Candelariafor example, has prohibited the carrying out of the San Juan bonfires on the municipal beaches – the one in Punta Larga was very crowded – or any municipally owned space, as well as the burning of forest and agricultural waste due to the high amount of waste that are generated, in addition to the fire hazard they pose.
They remember from the Consistory that in previous years a lot of waste and rubbish has accumulated, with the presence of nails and glass, being a risk for beach users, in addition to the fact that the bonfires do not go out correctly and generate some incidents due to burns. It is surprising that they have realized now, as other municipalities have done, such as that of Arona, taking advantage of the new State Waste Law. In addition, according to the municipal side, meetings of more than six people, large bottles and braziers will be prohibited.
They point out from the local government that the celebration of the bonfires on the Arona coast has a great environmental impact, generating more than four tons of garbage each year, especially plastics from bottles, bags, glass fragments from bottles and other containers. Without forgetting the waste generated by the bonfires themselves, such as the remains of wood and nails, among others. “The commitment to a more sustainable Arona is essential for the present and the future of the municipality”, they point out from the Aronero Consistory, which is no longer committed to large events on beaches as in the past.
Adeje and Guía de Isora will allow private bonfires below the TF-82 highway, to avoid possible forest fires, as recommended by the Cabildo, but will not organize any party, not even in the Isorano nucleus of Playa San Juan, which tomorrow celebrates its Pattern. Güímar will not make bonfires either, neither in the foundational neighborhood of San Juan nor on the coast, at least organized by the City Council. In addition, it is recalled that any private bonfire must never exceed three meters in height and must be held in clear places and at a distance of 100 meters between bonfires and 30 between buildings or houses that may exist.
There will be bonfires of San Juan in Tenerife in Granadilla and Santiago del Teide
Where the tradition will be maintained will be on the coast of the municipalities of Granadilla de Abona and Santiago del Teide, with parties organized by the town councils in El Médano and Los Abrigos, and in Puerto Santiago, which will have musical performances from 9 a.m. night, around the fire.