He canary day It is a regional holiday that is celebrated on May 30 and has distinctive characteristics compared to other regional holidays in Spain. Unlike many patron saint festivities, Día de Canarias is not related to religious patronage, which is important in a context where the debate over religious dedications has generated some controversy in the past.
In the 90s, there was a controversy about what is the true Patron saint of the Canary Islandsdespite the fact that since 1867 the Vatican has designated the Virgin of Candelaria as the regional patron saint. At that time, regional patronages were established in Spain that were not limited to religious diocesan divisions.
According to the Holy See and successive ratifications, the Virgin of Candelaria is the regional patron saint of the Canary Islands. However, for the western diocese, known as Nivariense –Tenerife, The Palm, La Gomera and The iron-, the patron saint is Our Lady of Los Remedios, and for the diocese of the Canary Islands –Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote and the graceful-, the patron saint is Our Lady of the Pine.
Each of the seven islands venerates a specific image, which generally coincides with a holiday in the business calendar. These Marian images often receive affectionate names from the population. The eight patron saints are mentioned below along with some details:
-Tenerife: Virgin of Candelaria. Her feast day is celebrated on February 2. She is the official patron saint of the Canary Islands according to the Vatican.
–The Palm: Virgin of the Snows. It is the oldest Marian image in the Canary Islands. Her festival is celebrated on August 5.
-La Gomera: Guadalupe’s Virgin. Her feast day is celebrated on October 9.
-The iron: Virgin of the Kings. Her feast day is celebrated on September 25.
-Gran Canaria: Virgin of the Pine. Her feast day is celebrated on September 8.
-Fuerteventura: Virgin of the Rock. Her festival is celebrated on September 15, along with the traditional pilgrimage.
-Lanzarote: Virgen de los Dolores or Los Volcanes. Her feast day is celebrated on September 15.
-The Graceful: Virgin of Carmen. She is the island patron saint of La Graciosa. Her festival is celebrated on July 16, and the procession concludes with a boat.
These Marian images and their festivities are important in the culture and tradition of Canary Islandsand they are object of devotion and celebration by the local population.