The Indian religious festival of Ratha Yatra returns to Arona at the weekend, 6 and 7 August, and the 7th edition offers a weekend full of activities and an opportunity to enjoy the complexity and breadth of culture and traditions of India in an event that focuses on values such as integration and multiculturalism in the municipality of Arona.
This event has its origins in the annual processions known in India under the name of Ratha-Yatra or “festival of floats” whose celebration is deeply rooted throughout India and since 1967 has been celebrated in cities in the West including Madrid, Barcelona, Malaga, New York, Los Angeles, Washington, Moscow, London, Paris, Zurich, and Sydney.
The mayor of Arona, José Julián Mena, invites the public to participate in an event that we are very proud of. It is an example of integration of different origins, religions and traditions in a municipality in which almost half the residents were born in other countries, but respect the diversity and cultures that add and enrich us as a city. He also stresses that this festival brings great value and cultural benefit to Arona, while reminding us of the importance of respect and tolerance among citizens. We will continue improving and working for coexistence and respect for different cultural, religious, linguistic and ethnic communities, he said.
Cinema, vaisnava theatre, bhajan songs, traditional dances by various Indian schools, a sitar concert, a craft fair, fashion and literature and vegetarian tastings fill Saturday August 6, for eight hours, in Avenida Rafael Puig Lluvina (opposite the hotel H10 Conquistador) of Playa de Las Americas.
Sunday will be the big day of the Ratha Yatra festival. One of the most anticipated moments will be the spectacular and colourful annual procession, a very significant event for nearly 10,000 people within the Indian community in southern Tenerife. This year it moves to the centre of Playa de Las Americas and from 19:30 pm, a large float of nearly ten meters high will lead the procession that will tour Av. Rafael Puig Lluvina, Las Americas and Antonio Dominguez, as well as calles Siete Islas y Noelia Alfonso Cabrera.
This festival brings great value and cultural interest to Arona, in addition to fostering respect and tolerance among citizens.