Easter Processions

Religious tradition in Tenerife

Easter Processions
One of the most deeply-rooted and devoted traditions in Tenerife is the celebration of Easter, which takes centre stage in La Laguna at this time of year. The Easter Processions are always followed by a great number of churchgoers and general public including many tourists, who enjoy admiring the artistic nature of the religious statues even if they do quite not feel the religious fervour that spreads over the city.

The "cofradias" are brotherhoods that carry the religious statues around the city to demonstrate not only their devotion to God, but also their cultural and social commitment to their town. They are made up of people from different neighbourhoods who pass on their membership and participation in the processions from generation to generation.

The most important processions take place from Maundy Thursday onwards. From this day, the city's churches exhibit their religious images during the day and most of the night. The most popular are The "Procesión Magna" on Good Friday at 5.00 pm and the "Procesión del Silencio" at 9.00 pm, also on Good Friday. Both processions leave from the Church of the Concepción.

Other towns where Easter is an important celebration are Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Puerto de la Cruz, La Orotava, Icod de los Vinos, Garachico, Arona, Adeje, Los Realejos and Santiago del Teide.

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Dates: Easter