we invite you to discover how Easter is celebrated in the Canary Islands. It is very different on every island, being Tenerife the most outstanding one.
Taking into acount that the colonization of the Canary Islands by the europeans started in 1402, when the island of Lanzarote was conquered, and it was finished 1496, when the island of Tenerife was finally subdued, you will see that the celebration of Easter is related with the moment when evangelism reached each place.
With the appearance of the first church communities and the arrival of the first religious orders, the religious life, marked by the replacement of the aboriginal beliefs with the gospels that the conquerors brought, the first celebrations of the most important catholic holidays started to take place. That is why Easter celebrations are different in every island, and even between towns within the same island.
The most famous celebrations are the ones in San Cristobal de La Laguna, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, La Orotava, Güímar, Garachico, and Los Realejos (Tenerife), the one in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Gran Canaria) and in Santa Cruz de la Palma (La Palma). In all of them, the presence of the canarian imagery is very important. Most of them are chandelier images carved by artists like José Luján Pérez or Fernando Estévez del Sacramento and from foreign sculptors like Martín Andújar Cantos, among others.
Easter is a very celebrated religious holiday in the Canary Islands. It goes from Palm Sunday until Resurrection Sunday.
Thousands of tourists decide to spend their Easter holidays in the Canary Islands because besides the magnificent religious processions, which are very appreciated by christians, it also has an impressive weather and diverse leisure activities.
We invite you to discover how Easter is celebrated. It is very different in each island. Tenerife is the one that stands out the most, as it has a great historical and artistic value. Hundreds of people conform brotherhoods that walk the streets on big carts with wheels.
In the Canary Islands, as well as in mainland Spain, the most important days of Easter week are the Holy Thursday, with spectacular eucharistic monuments, and the Holy Friday, when its most important procession takes place at dawn.
How is Easter celebrated in La Laguna
The celebration of Easter in La Laguna is one of the more traditional religious and cultural manifestations of the whole archipelago. Throughout the different days the visitor has the opportunity to apreciate the rich and varied religious patrimony of this city.
During Easter the processions formed by “pasos” happen one after the other. They are of an enormous historic and artistic value. They walk the most emblematic streets together with the brotherhoods in a display of authentic popular fervor.
This “pasos” are an example of the imagery and jewelery that developed in the islands and in other territories for the last five centuries.
The acts that are celebrated during the Holy Thursday and Friday are of special relevance.
In the first one, the opening of different chapels in the temples stands out. It is done so you are able to see the eucharistic monuments, true jeweles of the island’s jewelry.
On the Holy Friday the Magna procession is the most important one. It takes place at five o’clock, and it is composed by the group of “pasos” and brotherhoods that start from the Cathedral and go around different streets of the city. Also, at 10 pm is the silence procession, that includes the penitential brotherhoods and the deceased lord, it also starts in the Cathedral and goes to the church of Santo Domingo de Guzmán, between the deep recollection of the attendees.