Adeje romería marks the end of the fiestas


Adeje ended its annual patronal fiestas with the romería or pilgrim parade, up the town’s main street, the Calle Grande, today, Sunday October 15th. To the delight of the many visitors, the oxen drawn carts made their way to the parish church, handing out food and drink to the public, young and old, resident and visitor.

The day began with the oxen fair where the public were able to admire the decorated teams of animals as they prepared to draw the traditional floats in the parade. The carts are decorated and managed by many of the borough’s local associations and collectives, and altogether 14 carts took place in the romería this year.

The parade was led by Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, joined by the representatives of the different borough neighbourhoods and the ‘Porteadores de la Virgin’. The event was organised in conjunction with the Adeje Municipal Folklore with all the main participants wearing traditional Canarian dress.

The parade ended at the doors of the Santa Úrsula church where the two patrons of the town, Santa Úrsula and San Sebastián, were present to receive offerings of music and dance, and agricultural produce from the different collectives. The groups participating this year were the Adeje Seniors, Club Almácigo de Taucho, Asociación de Vecinos Las Moraditas, Cafelitos, Los Viñedos, Amigos Los Olivos, Amigos de La Postura, La Lolita, Amigos de Adeje, Fañabé, Los Cofrades, Scaut de Adeje, Juventud de Adeje and the Los Olivos Diversity centre.

As always many different folklore groups also took part: Grupo Santa Ana, Adeje Municipal Folklore group, Agrupación Folklórica Tagomate (Tirajafe – La Palma), Chimaque, Tagorosteros, La Diatam La Ahulaga (San Miguel de Abona), Boleros de Armeñime, Viñátigo de San Isidro, Igonce de Candelaria, Imoque and Raíce.

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Adeje’s local fiestas begin


The finishing touch to the month-long Lustrales celebrations

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The Adeje Patronal festivals are the finishing touch to the month-long Lustrales celebrations, and will open with a Gala show this Saturday with “Obladí Obladá” and a concert by Fito and Fitipaldis.

The programme of events was presented yesterday by Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, the councillor for creative development, Adolfo Alonso and the Adeje parish priest, Honorio Campos.

“These are festivities for everyone”, said the mayor, adding that there were 14 local fiestas in the region but this one was universal as “it is the last in the festival calendar and is in celebration of our Patron”. He also referred to the series of visits as part of last month’s Lustral celebrations, saying they had been very positive “and residents from different communities and groups, who make up Adeje, today participated and came together under the mantle of Adeje’s iconic figure, the Virgin of the Incarnation”.
The mayor said that during the local festivals there would also be a coming together of other towns that have the Virgin of the Incarnation as their patron – La Victoria, Hermigua and Valle San Lorenzo in Arona, “celebrating the historic links with Adeje”. One of the other events that came in for particular mention was the 90th anniversary of the Adeje Patron band, who will celebrate a twinning with the Municipal Band of Agaete (Gran Canaria).

Councillor Alonso referred to the traditional Romería (pilgrim parade) which will take place on October 18th, and the 31st Festival of Folklore which will include invited groups Surco y Arado and Añate”. He added that the programme of events for the week “ensured activities for all the family”, and that this year the quality of events planned was even higher with concerts such as that by Fito y Fitipaldis, top Spanish comic Carlos Latre on stage and a musical for the kids, Los Payasos de la tele (The clowns from the telly). There will be street parties with different bands and orchestras, sports activities, the Spanish domino championships are taking place, and much more.

The first non-religious act will be the Gala Obladí Obladá with people from all over Adeje, taking place in the Plaza de España on Friday October 9th from 10pm (free show).

The church has also thanked the council for the work “carried out in developing this festival, and in particular this year following the Lustral visits”. Parish priest Honorio Campos added that of all the religious events and acts scheduled those on the 11th and 12th of October were of particular importance, with masses in honour of the Virgin of the Incarnation, as well as inviting the faithful to attend mass on October 18th, the day of the Romería.

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Traditional end to Adeje’s Fiestas


The Adeje Patronal Festival 2014, which this year has been based on ‘convivencia’, or togetherness, co-existence, will reach its conclusion this weekend, October 18th and 19th, with the Folklore Festival on Saturday and the Romería, on Sunday.

On Saturday October 18th the XXX Festival de Folklore Villa de Adeje will present “Un alma, una fe, un anhelo” (A soul, a faith, a yearning), with the group from the Adeje Municipal Folklore School, and the participation of the Lus Yerbatus Cultural Association from Bimenes in Austria. The show tells the story of a young man from an agricultural background who, in 1940, leaves these shores for the Americas in search of a better life. The wider theme of emigration is explored through the music of the continents, looking at the hopes and dreams of those who went and the pain of leaving family behind.
The evening’s events will begin at 9pm in the Plaza de España and be followed by a street party with music from the popular Sensación Gomera.

On Sunday October 19th, the last day of the Adeje Patronal Festivals, there will be a Cattle Fair in the Plaza del Cerco (beside the main post office) from 10am to 12 midday. At 11am there will be a special mass in the parish church in the Calle Grande and the offering of locally grown produce to the ‘patrons’ of the borough, Our Lady of the Incarnation, Saint Ursula and Saint Sebastian.


This year the Adeje ‘romería’ or pilgrim march will see 12 floats pulled by harnessed animals. Folk groups from different parts of the island are taking part as are local associations from Adeje and neighbouring boroughs. And all those who do take part must be dressed in traditional costume. The Adeje cultural department also invites the homes along the street to decorate their balconies in traditional form to add to the atmosphere.


The Adeje romería has a long established tradition and every year both residents and visitors to the borough enjoy the day, happy to accept the offer of wine and food from the floats. Fun and tradition combine to make this a colourful family event. If you are driving to the town and are early enough you should be able to park near the health centre, or in the cemetery car park and walk up to the Calle Grande before the start of the events.


The San Sebastián flood

The Adeje councillor for heritage, Desiderio Afonso Ruiz has uncovered, through interviews with some of the borough’s older residents, a relatively unknown story from the 1950s regarding a flash flood during the Feast of San Sebastián, celebrated on January 20th. As has always been the tradition, and continues today, hundreds of pilgrims walk with the statue from Adeje to La Caleta, through fields and barrancos.

“At that time the day of San Sebastián dawned bright and sunny, with people, animals, and carts taking part in the pilgrimage, when suddenly, around about midday, the skies clouded over and it began to rain with a fierce intensity. The barranco became a river, and many of the pilgrims were caught unawares. One family were trapped on what had become an island in the middle of the barranco, and the level of the water had risen so quickly there was no way to save them. The Guardia Civil tried to throw them a rope to help pull them out but were unable to reach the family. The water was also rushing down the barranco with such force that people were shouting out to the saint himself to intercede to save the family. …According to the story, when the picture of the saint arrived at the edge of the river, the waters calmed, “miraculously” and with the aid of a human chain, formed by the men of the party, including Don Antonio the shepherd, the family were saved. Since that day they say that San Sebastián calms the waters”.
Councillor Desiderio has investigated the story, and says that as there is no written account of the events that took place, we need to rely on oral sources. This story has passed, he says, from generation to generation. He took time to speak to a number of the borough’s older residents who have told him that they saw the event first hand, and others who weren’t present but who heard about the event the day it happened.
He says we cannot be sure of the exact year of the flood, and that almost everyone he spoke to had a different date in their memory, from 1950 to 1933…”so”, he says “we believe it happened during the first half of the 1950s”.
Desiderio has thanked those who took the time to tell him the tale, and includes Ana María Afonso Quintero, Pilar Afonso Pláceres, Maria del Carmen Rodriguez Quintero, Maria Luisa Vargas, José Francisco García, Ofelia Díaz Rivero, Antonio Rodríguez Rodríguez, Manuel Jesús Ramos Hernández and Francisco Lima Trujillo.

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Tourists Enjoy Adeje Romería

Adeje said Adios to the locals Fiestas yesterday with a colourful Romería enjoyed by thousands who lined the main street to see the floats and agricultural carriages pass by with hundreds of Adejeros and visiting participants in traditional dress.
Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga said it was a “splendid event with high levels of participation and a lot of foreign visitors and tourists which we value greatly as we welcome their participation”. He added, “this is a delightful fiesta and a day which is full of giving by the Adeje community, displaying Canarian hospitality at its best, sharing the produce of the land with everyone”.
The mayor of the Galician town of Riveira, which is twinned with Adeje, who was an invited guest to the event, said he was very pleased to be here taking part in a festival that was emblematic of the culture and traditions of the area, and was proud to take part in traditional Canarian attire.
The traditional parade of agricultural floats attended by different local groups, who offered passers by samples of local food and drink ended at the Santa Ursula church where there were musical and dance homage to the Virgen de la Encarnación, Santa Úrsula and San Sebastián.
A fitting end to a very successful and eventual two weeks of celebrating what is both traditional and modern about Adeje.