Let the fiestas begin!

The `descent`of the Virgin Mary and the Agoney concert are the headline acts in the first week of the Adeje fiestas

Adeje’s Patronal Fiestas in honour of ‘la Virgen de la Encarnación and Santa Úrsula’ have officially begun with the presentation last Friday of the representatives of the borough’s different neighbourhoods. Present were Adeje mayor, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, the parish priest Honorio Campos Gutiérrez and the town’s cultural councillor Adolfo Alonso.

Activities began in earnest t with the traditional ‘descent’ of the statue of the Santa Úrsula church’s Virgin Mary from the high alter, and end with the ‘romería’ (pilgrim parade) on October 21st. The mayor said, “this is a time to remember who we are, and what is important in our lives, and to share what we have with others”. He added that Adeje has been paying homage to the figure of the ‘Virgen de La Encarnación’ for over 300 years , when she was deemed to have saved the area from a plague of locusts.

The seven representatives of the different neighbourhoods of Adeje were also presented during the morning. The mayor explained to the press in attendance that, unlike many other towns, Adeje does not elect a festival queen but instead invites representatives from every neighbourhood to take part, together, in all the of the patronal events. In this way all parts of the borough are present throughout the celebrations.

This year’s representatives are Yuliza Chinea (Las Nieves), Daniela Casanova Vargas (Tijoco – La Hoya), Valeria Hernández Caballero (Los Olivos), Gara Negrín Díaz (Armeñime), Teresa García Acosta (La Caleta), Ana Andrea Pérez Esquivel (Fañabé), Thalía Martín González (Adeje Casco) and Sara Hernández Hernández, who will represent Adeje at the Miss Sur competition.