Day of the Cross celebration

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
Pictured above are:
Seated, l-r: Stella Tanoos, Glenda Cernal, Lynda Normand
Standing, l-r: Joan Alemán, Kathy Brumfield, Karen Lambert, Marie Estopinal, Penny Reinhardt, Denise Lindsly, Janelle Hickey, Sharon Gauthier.

The Canary Islanders Heritage Society held a Día del la Cruz (day of the cross) celebration on May 3 at the Louisiana State Archives, 3851 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The commemoration included traditional Canary Islander foods and cross decoration activities emulating the traditional celebration as it is performed in the Islands today, a practice that dates back to Emperor Constantine of the 4th Century, AD.

Information about the Canary Islanders Heritage Society of Louisiana can be found on the web at You may contact the President of the Society by email:

"Day of the Cross" dates back to the time of Emperor Constantine I, which is around the 4th century BC.