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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Easter in Tenerife


Latest reports indicate that Tenerife is the location to spend Easter this year, so we won’t mention that rain is forecast in Santa Cruz, while parts of Britain are basking in sunshine. When will they get properly organised and guarantee weather, eh? Smile

Anyway, come rain or shine, most towns will have mainly solemn and religious (they keep trying to bring that into Christmas too) Easter celebrations, however, as in previous years, two events stand out as worth seeing, even if you’re not:

The first, on Good Friday, starting at around mid-day in the town of Adeje, is The Passion play, or Vía Crucis (Way of the Cross), to give it it's Latin name. We’ve written about it before, so I won’t repeat myself, besides Tenerife Magazine do a much better job and have excellent photos. (More images)

Or, you might like to watch, or at least dip into highlights of the Passion Play from 2008, which comes in no less than 11 parts (like a mini-series), here.

Alternatively (or as well as, if you make a dash up the motorway), you could go to see one of the traditional processions in La Laguna, on Good Friday, which are the most important and reverent on the island. Again, we’ll turn to Tenerife Magazine for their explanation and superb photos of this event.

Alternatively, there is this documentary (in only 6 parts), which will both show and tell you the entire history of these Holy Week celebrations.

Both sets of videos have only Spanish commentary, but even if you don’t speak the lingo, you’ll be sure to grasp the concepts from the visuals.

Finally, since we’re no good at figuring out the phases of the moon and the date of Nisan, here’s a list we made earlier giving you the dates of Good Friday, right through to Friday 8 April 2050, should you have missed it this year.

(Easter procession at Garachico, Tenerife Photo by simonsimages)

Unlike so many journalists writing about the resorts, Pamela has not only actually been to Tenerife, she lived on the island for 16 years, for the majority of that time in a rural valley immersed in the local culture in a way that few outsiders have been privileged to do and gaining a wealth of knowledge about the island, its people, their customs, fiestas and celebrations that she is now able to share via this site. Fluent in Spanish, she also translated and reported for the various English-language newspapers.

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