Carnival in Gran Canaria is an enormous event. Let us re-iterate – an absolutely enormous event. Why? – The perfect climate? our people? our love of party? our love of celebration? our energy? our love of music? our love of tradition? Our love to dress up? It could be answered with all of the above, but one thing is clear – Carnival and Gran Canaria go perfectly hand in hand.
Across the island, throughout the various municipalities, there are various (and numerous) colourful and energetic celebrations and activities, spanning a 6-week period.
The original reason for celebrating Carnival is to eat, drink and generally over-indulge before purging all vices for Lent. So, because the dates of Lent & Easter (Semana Santa) change every year, so do the dates of Carnival. The dates of Carnival can fall any time between February and March.