Holy Week in Tenerife is lived with great devotion. Numerous municipalities on the island come together to celebrate the ecclesiastical tradition with different acts. It is an ideal time to learn about the island’s history and processions.
Holy Week in La Laguna
In San Cristóbal de La Laguna Lent is lived with special devotion. Neighbors and brotherhoods come together during the festivities to make the World Heritage City shine with the best light in each procession.
The richness and diversity of works and images from places as disparate as Cuba, Mexico, Flanders or Seville stand out especially during Holy Week in La Laguna. The so-called “Procession of Silence”, which will take place on Good Friday, is one of the most important events. It takes place at night, in absolute silence, you can only hear the passage of the Nazarenes that accompany the image of the deceased Christ.
Holy Week in Santa Cruz de Tenerife
The capital of the island also hosts many events during Holy Week. The center of the festival is the Iglesia de la Matriz de la Concepción, the main Catholic church in the city and the place from which most of the historic center can be reached.
One of the most revered figures is “La Macarena”, which was created from the image of its Sevillian namesake and was carved by a sculptor from Granada based in Tenerife. On the night of Holy Thursday, at the exit of the church, the costaleros rock the figure to the beat of the music. It is one of the most emotional moments of the celebrations.
Holy Week in Guia de Isora
In Guía de Isora they live the tradition in a very original way. The “Easter Florida” is a unique ephemeral art event in Spain that brings together local and international artists to create beautiful works and sculptures. They are inspired by scenes of passion and use flowers and plant material as the main motif of their works.
The works are exhibited in the main squares and streets of the historic center of the town. You can also enjoy opera, contemporary dance and even take part in a photography contest that will reward the best Holy Week photograph.
Representation of Holy Week in Adeje
In the municipality of Adeje, one of the most characteristic performances of Holy Week takes place, even broadcast on local and national television. This tradition began spontaneously in 1996 as a small tribute, where the neighbors collaborated.
Over time it has grown to bring together hundreds of actors and extras, many of them residents of the municipality. The scenes represented are part of the last moments of the life of Jesus Christ, the crucifixion in the square of the Church of Santa Úrsula is the most emotional moment.
Holy Week in other municipalities of Tenerife
Many other municipalities on the island also celebrate Holy Week. In Santiago del Teide, one of the places in the south, this tradition is also more deeply rooted. In municipalities such as Arona, Puerto de la Cruz, Candelaria, Guimar, Icod de los Vinos or La Orotava it is also celebrated with special devotion.
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