Feel The Passion Of Easter In Adeje The people of Tenerife know how to put on a show from fiestas to Carnaval but one of the most dramatic and emotional events is The Passion recreating the crucifiction of Christ on Good Friday. There are several re-enactments around the island but Adeje (30 minutes by bus or car from Los Cristianos) has the biggest and most famous.
The centre of Adeje town becomes a stage for this amazing street theatre involving 300 actors, over 20,000 spectators, plus Roman soldiers, horses, and chariots. Preparations starts a year in advance with costumes and sets being made and at noon this year on 29 March the church bell will signal the start of the procession down Calle Grande.
The story unfolds at a series of stages set up to act out key scenes like The Last Supper, betrayal in the garden of Gethsemane,the court trial before Pontious Pilot, and finally the slow painful march carrying the cross to the point of execution. The whole drama is shown on a giant screen and live on local television, the camera crew also dress in traditional costumes to maintain the illusion. The main players wear head sets so their words (in Spanish) can be relayed over speakers along the route.
The detail is fantastic and even the most cynical find it a very moving and at times violent experience. Every drop of emotion is wrung out from the arrest and whipping of Jesus, his tearful farewell to Mary Magdalene, and the final hoisting of Christ on the cross as he forgives his punishers. It can be a bit too strong for young children but it is well worth seeing The Passion, everything about experience is intense and deeply moving regardless of your beliefs