Easter is an annual festival of commemoration of the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth, and one of the most important celebrations in the Christian community. The four most important days of the Holy Week are Holy Thursday and Good Friday, which are commemorating on the Last Supper, crucifixion and death of Jesus, then Holy Saturday which is a commemoration of the day that Jesus lay in his tomb, and finally Easter Sunday when the resurrection of Jesus is celebrated.
The Holy Week in Tenerife
CofradíaAs in other parts of Spain, also in Tenerife Easter is a very special time for many people and it is celebrated in all parts of the island with special ardor. The canarian Easter celebrations include, among other things, the inscenation of the Passion, and ceremonial processions in the streets. During this, especially the brotherhoods, with their long, pointy hats, and partially disguised faces, attract the attention of the spectators. The brotherhoods represent different community groups, such as entrepreneurs or craftsmen, which can be distinguished by the different colors of their exceptional garments. Previously, these brotherhoods had important social responsibilities within their community, but today their main tasks are the celebrations during the Holy Week. The most impressive Easter celebrations in Tenerife are taking place in the Episcopal City of La Laguna, in the north of the island, as well as in Adeje, in South Tenerife, where every year hundreds of amateur actors reconstruct the different stations of the way of the Cross.
And in Puerto de la Cruz…
Also in Puerto de la Cruz, where our Parque Vacacional Eden is located, the locals celebrate the Holy Week with a series of liturgical events. Thus, the procession of the Holy Burial, starting from 8 p.m at Good Friday, wanders through the streets of the city in 13 so called “pasos”, accompanied by numerous brotherhoods, dressed in hooded cloaks. “Pasos” are magnificent floats with sculptures that depict different scenes from the gospels, related to the Passion of Christ or the Sorrows of Virgin Mary. Therefore the spectators of these scenarios can marvel important religious artefacts and can take part in traditional celebrations, which are deeply enshrined within the local community.
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