“Discover the Fascinating Origin of Floral Carpets and Enjoy the Spectacle of Streets Transformed into Ephemeral Works of Art”

The Corpus Christi Festival is one of the most significant and colorful events of the year in Tenerife, combining religious spirituality with local art and tradition. During this celebration, the streets of many cities on the island are transformed into ephemeral works of art, decorated with intricate carpets of colorful flowers, petals and sand.

But what lies behind this spectacular tradition? The fascinating anecdote that constitutes its origin dates back to 1847 and involves the Monteverde family in La Orotava. It is said that, during one of the first Corpus Christi celebrations in the city, some members of the Monteverde family, inspired by the beauty of the festival and their religious devotion, decided to create a carpet of flowers in front of their homes to honor the passing of the procession of Corpus.

This spontaneous and creative gesture captured the attention of locals and visitors, quickly becoming a widely adopted tradition across the island. Since then, every year, during the celebration of Corpus Christi, the streets of the cities of Tenerife are transformed into true floral masterpieces, with local artists and residents collaborating to create intricate and colorful carpets that stretch for kilometers along the route of the procession.

The preparation of these carpets requires days of meticulous work, during which fresh flowers, colored petals and sand are collected, and complex and detailed designs are created. The end result is a breathtaking display of colors and shapes, which attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world to watch the procession and admire the floral carpets.

But the Corpus Christi Festival is not just an artistic and religious event, it is also an opportunity for the local community to come together and celebrate their culture and tradition. During the festival, the streets are filled with music, folk dances, songs and stalls offering traditional food and artisanal products.

Ultimately, the Feast of Corpus Christi is much more than a simple religious celebration. It is a unique experience that combines art, devotion and community, offering visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in the culture and beauty of Tenerife in a truly extraordinary way.

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