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Easter Week Dates

Domingo de Ramos (Palm Sunday) is the first day of Semana Santa (Holy Week), which continues until Domingo de Resurrección (Resurrection or Easter Sunday), in Spain and the Canary Islands. Processions included La burrita (presumably the little donkey Jesus rode into Jerusalem) and folks will have been out pruning to provide palm fronds for decoration and to distribute amongst worshipers.

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 Adeje

In 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.

Viernes Santo (Good Friday) 2009 - 2050

Missed the Easter celebrations in Tenerife this year? Never mind, there's always another year and here are the dates of Good Friday, right up until the middle of the century.
Friday 10 April 2009
Friday 2 April 2010
Friday 22 April 2011
Friday 6 April 2012
Friday 29 March 2013
Friday 18 April 2014
Friday 3 April 2015
Friday 25 March 2016
Friday 14 April 2017
Friday 30 March 2018
Friday 19 April 2019
Friday 10 April 2020
Friday 2 April 2021
Friday 15 April 2022
Friday 7 April 2023
Friday 29 March 2024
Friday 18 April 2025
Friday 3 April 2026
Friday 26 March 2027
Friday 14 April 2028
Friday 30 March 2029
Friday 19 April 2030
Friday 11 April 2031
Friday 26 March 2032
Friday 15 April 2033
Friday 7 April 2034
Friday 23 March 2035
Friday 11 April 2036
Friday 3 April 2037
Friday 23 April 2038
Friday 8 April 2039
Friday 30 March 2040
Friday 19 April 2041
Friday 4 April 2042
Friday 27 March 2043
Friday 15 April 2044
Friday 7 April 2045
Friday 23 March 2046
Friday 12 April 2047
Friday 3 April 2048
Friday 16 April 2049
Friday 8 April 2050
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Easter Processions in La Laguna 

For 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

Secular Easter Celebrations in Tenerife

For kids and others preferring more secular Easter celebrations, the Loro Parque in Puerto de la Cruz usually have an annual corral de los conejitos (bunny enclosure), probably with the odd Easter Egg thrown in. If none of the above appeals, please don't try going to any of the island's museums on Good Friday, as they will all be closed
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