Schools break up on the Friday - in the Canaries kids only get one week - and Jueves Santo (Maundy Thursday) and Viernes Santo (Good Friday) are observed as Fiestas Laborales (Public Holidays), whilst Easter Monday is not.
There are many events which take place throughout the week, mostly solemn and religious in nature and, if you're Catholic, most likely you know all about those already. For the rest of us, the main events that may be of interest, from a cultural or artistic point of view, take place on Viernes Santo (Good Friday).
Death and Passion of Jesus Christ in AdejeIn the town of Adeje, which we'll reiterate is only a short bus (473 will take you to Adeje from Los Cristianos or Playa de Las Américas) or taxi ride from the resorts of the south, in the main street, Calle Grande (see map), starting from 12 noon on Good Friday, you can watch a magnificent reenactment of the Death and Passion of Jesus Christ. This has become immensely popular with locals and tourists alike, people have been asking about it, so get there early to bag a good viewing spot.
This Vía Crucis (Way of the Cross), to give it it's Latin name, is a piece of really high quality street theatre recreating the last days of the life of Christ; his entry into Jerusalem on a donkey, the Last Supper, through to the Crucifixion and events between, involving a cast of around 300, all in magnificent costume, representing the Biblical events often with squeamishness-inducing realism, while Adeje's public buildings also get parts as extras for the day.
Tinerguia reproduce the entire Easter program in Adeje here (in Spanish), but the photo with the post shows you clearest of all the detail involved. If you're on the island and you don't make it up to Adeje, as in previous years, the whole - almost 2 hour - extravaganza is usually televised by RTVC.
Here also are videos showing the entire drama.
Easter Processions in La LagunaFor processions of the type more traditionally known
in Spain (particularly those in Seville and other parts of Andalucia), you only need to go north to the former capital of Tenerife, La Laguna.
A common feature in Spain is the almost general usage of the "nazareno" or penitential robe for some of the participants in the Processions. This garment consists in a tunic, a hood with conical tip ( "capirote" ) used to conceal the face of the wearer, and sometimes a cloak. The exact colours and forms of these robes depend on the particular procession. The robes were widely used in the medieval period for penitents, who could demonstrate their penance while still masking their identity. (These robes intentionally served as the basis for the traditional uniform for members of the Ku Klux Klan in the United States, ironically a very anti-Catholic organization.) Source
In La Laguna on Good Friday, you can see the Procesión Magna, which includes various of these brotherhoods, leaving from the Iglesia de la Concepción at 5 p.m. Then, later at 9 p.m. there's the Procesión del Silencio (Silent Procession), with the penitent brotherhoods accompanying the deceased, again starting from the Iglesia de la Concepción to the church of Santo Domingo de Guzmán.