Last Monday, thousands of islanders and tourists gathered in the historic seaside town of Santa Cruz de La Palma in the Canary Islands for Carnival. People from across the globe arrived in La Palma to celebrate "Los Indianos" or "The Indians," a day that commemorates the migration of palm growers to Cuba and other parts of Latin America. They returned to their homeland loaded with money, treasures, new music and new languages -- or so the legend goes.
The Carnival draws people from across the world -- tripling the town's inhabitants. The practice of throwing talcum powder or flour among the crowds marks the celebration. La Palma's clear sky turns a white that dies with the colors of dawn.
Carnival goers recreate the look of the Indianos; they dress fully in white, hats, jipijapas (traditional Panama hats), and smoke cigars. The event pays tribute to those who migrated in hopes of "making it in the Americas."
This post first appeared on HuffPost Spain. It has been translated into English and edited for clarity.