Fiesta del Pino, the major fiesta held in Teror, is in Honour of Nuestra Señora del Pino (Our Lady of the Pine), patron of the island of Gran Canaria. It dates back to the seventeenth century when the venerated statue of the Virgen del Pino was taken down to the island capital in order to add emphasis to their prayers for rain. By the eighteenth century a pilgrimages had started to become one of the most popular events, and still these days they remain as one of the main attractions of this traditional fiesta. The meeting of the faithful and the procession-goers on the road to Teror throughout the night are now a custom that draws thousands of visitors and residents from across the islands.
The Fiesta del Pino will be celebrated this year in Teror in a different way. In order to avoid crowds, the program of events will be extended until October 12, the day on which the image of the Virgin will return to the Camarín.
The festive program in honor of the Virgen del Pino, which will be disseminated mainly through the media and social networks, and with limited capacity in closed areas . The organization insisted on requesting the maximum collaboration of the citizens, so that the visits to the Patroness are carried out in a staggered manner throughout the months of August, September and October, avoiding the main days of the festival, the 7th and September 8th.
You can see the full program ( in Spanish ) HERE. TVE and Televisión Canaria will broadcast the most important events of the festivities.
Remember that the 8th of September is also a bank holiday on Gran Canaria
The Basilica del Pino has established an access protocol to the Basilica del Pino to visit the statue of the Virgin, maintaining an invariable opening hours, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (except Mondays in the morning it remains closed). The visit will be subject to a tour with entry through the main door of the temple and exit through the door on the right. Masses will be celebrated on Mondays at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday through Friday at 8:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.; Saturdays at 8:30 AM and 7:30 PM and Sundays at 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM.
From August 15 to October 12, the image of Our Lady of the Pine will remain in the upper presbytery of the Basilica. On the main days of the festival, on September 7, 8 and 13, no face-to-face events will be held, other than the planned Masses with established maximum capacity. The Mass of the Pine Day and the Day of the Marys will be carried out electronically to avoid overcrowding, both through television and social networks.
The capacity inside the Basilica is 100 people, half an hour before each Eucharist you can only access to participate in the Mass and during that time you will not be able to visit the Virgin.