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Every year on Good Friday, the many residents of Adeje (Tenerife) will gather on Calle Grande at 12 noon to see and hear the traditional Reenactment of the Passion and Death of Christ. This event, which combines religion and popular traditions, has become established over the course of 19 years as one of the most important events during Holy Week in the Canary Islands. Each year it is watched by over ten thousand people live on the streets of Adeje and its broadcast on TVE is not to be missed by those who cannot travel to the town. Additionally, this cultural event has become quite the showcase for promoting tourism, and many visitors decide to travel to the town to enjoy this spectacular cultural event and enjoy a few days of peace and quiet in Tenerife at the same time.
The main event is a stage performance in which more than three hundred actors (the majority of whom are townspeople) act out the most important scenes from the final hours of Jesus of Nazareth’s life.
The Last Supper, the Agony in the Garden, Judas’ betrayal, the Sanhedrin trial, Pilate’s washing of hands, his wife’s appeal, the flogging and crown of thorns, Jesus’ Procession to Calvary, the Veil of Veronica, his meeting with his mother and, finally, his death on the cross and Mary’s cry are some of the scenes portrayed by the actors which bring the Gospels to life.
The event is even more appealing because the scenes that represent the different Stations of the Cross are located in such a way that the audience can move, following the action. All the scenes are extremely detailed and prepared following period designs. Finally, every year a new element is included to surprise the most faithful spectators.
If you are going to spend a few days relaxing at the Bahia Principe San Felipe, Bahia Principe Costa Adeje or Bahia Principe Tenerife Resort, take advantage of the chance to see this event. Happy Easter!