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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Passion of Christ in Adeje

Representación de la Pasión (Passion Play)

On Viernes Santo (Good Friday) the biggest event is the Representación de la Pasión (Representation of the Passion of Jesus) or Via Crucis (Stations of the Cross or the Way of the Cross) that takes place in Adeje, with a cast of hundreds.

"And it all started with a little donkey ..."

This is how the story and representation of the last moments of the Life and Passion of Jesus Christ begins in Adeje. Silence throughout the streets creates an atmosphere of recollection and expectation. Spectators throw themselves fully into the performance and live the most moving scenes in history, letting tears run down their cheeks.

Adeje has singled out the celebration of Holy Week integrating religion and popular tradition through an event that has become synonymous with the municipality. It is an event that has been broadcast internationally through television for several years and whose protagonists are the residents of Adeje, since they are the actors and actresses of this unique show of amateur theater and devotion.

Good Friday dawns restlessly in Adeje. Hundreds of people quietly review their papers as they prepare to take the road to the Cultural Center where they will dress in period clothes and make-up that will help create the characters of the representation. These are moments of nervous laughter and souvenir photos.

Meanwhile on the Calle Grande you can breathe tranquility, welcoming the stages along the entire route from Plaza de la Cruz del Llano to the Plaza España where two crosses announce that a third will soon be built. Operators, sound and camera technicians, and artists make the final touches, while the first spectators arrive to occupy the best spots.

The stages, placed at a height that allows viewers to follow the development of the action, are made in detail and following the design patterns of the time. Every year there is something new, every year, the artist's imagination travels back to the early years of Christianity to faithfully recreate its architecture. The Municipal School of Music of Adeje has an important role in the preparation of all the melodies and songs that will be the backdrop of the performance.

The Last Supper, the prayer on the Mount of Olives, the betrayal of Judas, the judgment in the Sanhedrin, the washing of the hands of Pilate and the plea of ​​his wife, the lashes and the crown of thorns, carrying the cross, Veronica, his encounter with his mother and finally, the death on the cross and the tears of Mary. These are some of the scenes interpreted by the actors that fill the Gospel texts with life and reality.

Twelve noon is the time set for the start.

All the actors appearing on the Calle Grande before thousands of people who waited for several hours hoping to have the best view. Roman soldiers on foot and mounted on beautiful horses, the proud Pilate and his wife, Barabbas the thief, the circumspect Sanhedrin, the restrained Mary accompanied by Magdalene, the ordinary people and of course, the twelve disciples and Jesus mounted on his borriquilla (little donkey).

No one misses any detail, seeing it either directly or through the large screens that the town places strategically along the route. Of course, there is nothing like watching it live.

Representación de La Pasión



Encuentro de la Pasión | Via Crucis de Adeje 2018

For those who can't get to Adeje to see this in person, the event is usually televised by TelevisionCanaria - that's the link to their YouTube channel, where programs are often streamed live and are accessible wherever you are in the world.

Adeje se prepara para vivir “la historia más grande jamás contada”

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