Photos of El Llanito’s Sardine’s funeral, 2012

The sardine on her bier, El Llanito, Breña Alta La Palma island
The sardine on her bier at El Llanito

Here are some photos of the sardine’s funeral at El Llanito. As you can see, the sardine itself is much smaller than the one in Los Sauces, but I love those bee-stung lips!

Some of the widows carrying the bier, El Llanito, Breña Alta, La Palma island
Some of the widows carrying the bier

Unlike most places, the bier was carried by the sardine’s widows. Like most places, the widows were very tall and muscular.

There’s a long tradition of political protest at carnival. This placard is in support of the Spanish judge Baltasar Garzón, who was expelled from the judiciary recently, officially for illegal wire-tapping, although it’s widely believed that it had more to do with his investigations of the hundred thousand-or-so people who disappeared under Franco’s rule.

A placard in support of
Political protest at the funeral

In general, the costumes were cheaper and more imaginative than the ones at the bigger fiestas. I particularly liked this “old lady”, who kept insisting on more rum in her drink.

Reveler dressed as an old lay, asking for more and more rum in her drink
Asking for more and more rum in her drink

And of course, the funeral ended with a cremation and fireworks. After that there was a band playing 60s music, but I had to work in the morning, so I went home

Cremating the sardine at El Llanito, Breña Alta, La Palma island
Cremating the sardine at El Llanito, Breña Alta.

 

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Sheila came to La Palma with a six month contract and has stayed 24 years so far. She used to work as a software engineer at the observatory, but now she's a writer and Starlight guide.

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