Celebration of Ananta Chaturdashi in Adeje

 

Last Sunday, September 3rd, the local Hindu community celebrated one of their most sacred rituals in their religious calendar, Ananta Chaturdashi, in honour of Ganesh.

The celebrations took place on Enramada beach in La Caleta, with a large attendance of Adeje Hindu residents and many other Adejeros who joined their neighbours in the homage to Ganesh. The celebration has been held for over three decades in Adeje, and the festival was, said mayor José Miguel Rodriguez Fraga, “a reflection of the peaceful social harmony that exists in Adeje”.

Traditionally, on this day, people travel to the water with statues of Ganesh, son of Shiva and Parvati, in processions, and Lord Ganesha is departed, only to be welcomed the next year with equal excitement. This is a time for ridding oneself of material and spiritual obstacles. Ganesh is one of the more loved of the Hindu divinities and is the god of protection and good luck. With the body of a child and the head of an elephant Ganesh is brought, shoulder high, along a processional route, accompanied by dancing and singing, to the sea’s edge where a boat is waiting to take him and submerge him in the waters. The events in Adeje culminated in an offering of food and good company, celebrating peace and local harmony.

According to Hindu culture, before embarking on any form of negotiation, training, celebrating a marriage, or the beginning of any new project, one should pray first to Ganesh. The Tenerife Sur Hindu association commented, “remembering our customs and traditions is also a chance to reinforce our values of social harmony and we hope that everyone who wishes to will continue to take part in our cultural events as we continue to integrate into our Canarian culture”.

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‘Fusión entre Culturas’ funds donated

 

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The Tenerife South Indian community and the intercultural association, El Patio de las Culturas de Tenerife presented over €1,500 to the Adeje council, the Cruz Roja and the Sonrisas Canarias charity. The money was raised during the day-long multicultural festival on June 1st in Adeje, “Fusión entre Culturas”. The festival was an event which saw many diverse cultures and people coming together to celebrate their harmonious co-existence and mutual respect. The funds will be used for families in need and the food bank.

Adeje councillors for culture and welfare, Nayra Medina Bethencourt and Amada Trujillo Bencomo said “these kind of events show perfectly the interest the council has in facilitating this kind of cultural exchange among Adeje’s peoples and allows us get to know the many different cultures which co-exist in our borough and have done so for many years”.

During the day a host of different activities were undertaken, with gastronomy offerings from many parts of the world, dance and music from Tibet, an intercultural flash mob, roundtable discussions on tolerance and co-existence, exhibitions, international storytelling, a language exchange stall and much much more.

Participating associations
Among the groups who participated were the Asociación intercultural El Patio de las Culturas de Tenerife, Asociación Mercedes Machado, Asociación Hindú Tenerife Sur, Unión Indígena Nigerianos en Tenerife, Asociación Uruguayos en Tenerife, Asociación de Chilenos en Canarias, Casa Argentina en Tenerife, Asociación Anchieta, Sonrisas Canarias, Cruz Roja, Amigos del Tibet Ghe Pel Lin, Tango, Asociación Musulmana Al ihasan y Justicia y Paz, Asociación Comunidad Dzogchen International Dzamling Gar, Jóvenes por la Diversidad, Taller de empleo Actívate.

Council welcomes Holi dontations

 

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Recently Prakash Udhwani and Margaret and Mike Marshall, all members of the Tenerife Sur Lions Club, visited the Adeje Council offices to hand over two cheques to the Asociación San Jose and the Los Olivos Centre for Special Needs.
The councillor with responsibility for the elderly and people with special needs, Carmen Rosa González Cabrera, and social welfare councillor Amada Trujillo Bencomo said they were very grateful for the donation and congratulated the work of the association.
The money was raised during the very colourful and fun-filled Holi Mela Hindu event that was held in the Fañabe Plaza. This celebration of Indian culture was also a fund raiser, with the guests invited to pay for a plate of paella and a soft drink.
Prakash Undhwani thanked those who worked to make the event a success, including the Havana Chic Lounge Club, Gourmetland, the Association Hindu Tenerife South and the Tenerife Sur Lions.
Councillor Carmen Rosa said it was wonderful to see the level of involvement by the Lions and the Hindu community, adding “I would like to thank them and congratulate the associations involved for the solidarity they are demonstrating for people who are seriously in need during these difficult times”. She also invited the Lions representatives to visit the two centres to see the excellent work they do and see how their donations are being used .

Gandhi in Adeje

 

Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga and Indian Ambassador Sunil Lal

Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga and Indian Ambassador Sunil Lal

Adeje mayor, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, met recently with the Indian Ambassador to, Sunil Lal, with both happy to agree to strengthen the ties between the two communities, with the mayor adding that the local Indian community was a “very rooted, participative and integrated part of Adeje”
During the meeting the two also spoke of a proposal “that would very interesting for Adeje, a project with is closely linked to the search for peace and understanding between peoples…our idea is to dedicate, in the El Madroñal zone in Fañabe, a square and a monument to Gandhi, a symbol of the social struggle”, said the mayor.
It is hoped that the monument will be unveiled on October 2nd, International Day of Non-Violence which also coincides with the anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the independence movement in India and a global pioneer in the philosophy and strategy behind non-violent movements and peaceful protests.
Solidarity Paella
As a symbol of the unity and fraternity that exists between Adeje and India, this Sunday, March 16th, from 1pm the Tenerife Sur Hindu Association, with the Lions International Club will celebrate their traditional Holi Mela or festival of colours, a cultural and social event with is celebrated to coincide with the full moon which marks the start of Spring.
During the celebrations, in the plaza above the Fañabe sports centre, there will be a giant paella prepared, and sold for €5 a plate with a soft drink, and the money will be divided between the Los Olilvos Centro de Discapacidad and the Asociación San Juan.
The mayor said that these kind of fund raising events were an excellent display of social solidarity, something Adeje people were always happy to participate in, and would also be a great bonus for the students of the named centres, as they could purchase essential materials with the funds raised.