CHRISTMAS PROGRAMME OF EVENTS 2014

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“Spending Christmas in Adeje”

Thursday, 4th of December
17:00 Blessing of the Senior Citizens Nativity Scene
Senior Citizens Centre, Adeje Cultural Centre.

18:00 Cinema: Las Constituyentes
Adeje Cultural Centre.

Friday, 5th of December
17:00-22:00. Christmas Market
Sale of Christmas products, presents, decorations and food as well as a selection of food from different countries, children’s attractions and activities, musical performances…
Las Torres Car Park.

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17.00 – 19.00 Celebration of San Andrés (children).
Related activities and workshops.
Las Torres Car Park.
17:00 “Píntanos La Navidad” (Picture Christmas). The exhibition hall will be open from December 5th to 22 for all those who want to ‘picture Christmas’.
Adeje Cultural Centre.
20:30 Hair fashion show
Adeje Cultural Centre

Saturday, 6th of December
10:00-20:00. Asociación San Juan Christmas Market.
Asociación San Juan

10:00-22:00. Christmas Market
Sale of Christmas products, presents, decorations and food as well as a selection of food from different countries, children’s attractions and activities, musical performances…
Las Torres Car Park.
19:30 Concert in honour of Saint Cecilia by the Adeje Municipal Band.
Convento de San Francisco, Adeje.

Sunday, 7th of December
10:00-18:00. Arts and Crafts market.
Showcase and sale of crafts, food, workshops, seasonal music…
Centro Comercial El Mirador. Playa del Duque.

10:00-22:00 Christmas Market
Sale of Christmas products, presents, decorations and food as well as a selection of food from different countries, children’s attractions and activities, musical performances…
Las Torres Car Park.
18:00 Children’s activities and carol singing by the El Cardón Group.
Tabaiba Residents Association, Plaza de Los Olivos.
Tuesday, 9th of December
17:00-19:00 Traditional pastry workshop: Rosquetes Fritos.
CDTCA
Wednesday, 10th of December
17:00-19:00 Traditional pastry workshop: Truchas.
CDTCA

18:00 Blessing of the El Galeón Residents Association Nativity Scene.
Parque Jardín Botánico, Las Nieves.

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Thursday, 11th of December
19:00 Exhibition of Martial Arts with the Taekondo, Capoeira, Kendo, Judo, Kárate and Jiu Jitsu groups
Plaza de España.
Friday, 12th of December
17:00 Blessing of the Armeñime Senior Citizens Nativity Scene
Armeñime Cultural Centre.
18:00. La Gomera Crafts Market.
Plaza de San Sebastián, La Caleta.
19:00 Mass in honour of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
San Sebastián Church, La Caleta.
20:00 Homage to La Gomera.
Plaza de San Sebastián, La Caleta.
Saturday, 13th of December “Spending Christmas in Adeje”
17:00-24:00 ‘Degústame’ (Try Me) Christmas Special, Christmas Market, sports activities, bouncy castles, storytelling, music, theatre, etc…
Calle Grande, Adeje
21:00 “Sabandeños for Christmas” concert
Plaza de España
Sunday, 14th of December
11:00 Walk for Life/Carrera por La Vida, in association with the Spanish Breast Cancer Association and the Association of Women with Breast Cancer
Departs from City Centre Commercial Centre.
Monday, 15th of December
17:00-19:00 Workshop – Breads of the World (December 15th – 19th)
CDTCA

21:00. Carol singing with the Armeñime Parranda Boleros.
Streets of Armeñime.
Tuesday, 16th of December
21:00. Carol singing with the Asociación Cultural Imoque.
Streets of La Postura.
Wednesday, 17th of December
20:00 ”De las posadas a los años nuevos: Nuestra Navidad” (From the inns of yesterday to the times that followed: Our Christmas) with the Adeje School of Folklore group, with the participation of the Guía de Isora Samara folk group.
Adeje Cultural Centre Theatre.

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Thursday, 18th of December
21:00h Celebration of the Day of Hope and blessing of the Nativity Scene at the La Viña hermitage.
La Viña.
22:30h. Carol singing by the Adeje School of Folklore.
Calle Grande, Adeje.
Friday, 19th of December
18:00 Christmas Theatre.
Asociación San Juan

20:00 Christmas Unity Concert
Participants: Adeje Municipal School of Music, Borough Folk Groups, Adeje Municipal Band, and Ballet Beanky.
Plaza de España.
Saturday, 20th of December
20:30. Living Nativity Scene, Tijoya Residents Association
Plaza de La Hoya.

Sunday, 21st of December
10:00-18:00 Arts and Crafts market. Showcase and sale of crafts, food, workshops, seasonal music…
Centro Comercial El Mirador. Playa del Duque.
18:00 Christmas craft workshop for children.
Plaza César Manrique. La Postura.

19:00 Father Christmas visits La Postura.
20:30 Gospel Concert: The Latonius & The Star Choir. Tickets €5
Adeje Cultural Centre Theatre.

Monday, 22nd of December
09:00- 13:00 Christmas children’s camp (from December 22nd to January 5th)
Parque Jardín Botánico. Las Nieves
19:00 Carol concert, Adeje Municipal Band.
Plaza de Salityen. Costa Adeje.
Tuesday, 23rd of December
19:00 Carol service.
Callao Salvaje.
Friday, 26th of December
19:00 “Un regalo diferente” ( A different present). Theatre performance by Teatrapa company. Entry price: a toy.
Adeje Cultural Centre theatre.

20:30 Adult storytelling
Exhibition hall Adeje Cultural Centre.
Saturday, 27th of December
17:00-19:00 Children’s workshops
19:00 “Clowneando”. Theatre performance by Reymala company.
Plaza César Manrique

Wednesday, 31st of December
23:00. NEW YEAR’S EVE, with the Wamampy, Sensación Gomera and Tejina Orchestras.
San Sebastián, La Caleta.

Saturday, 3rd of January
17:00-19:00 Children’s workshops
19:00 Puppet show “Pandilla de fuga” (Leaky Gang!) by the Tragaluz company
Plaza Cruz del Llano.
Monday, 5th of January
17:00. Arrival by helicopter of Their Majesties the Three Kings of the East and their official welcome.
Municipal Football Stadium (El Galeón).
19:00. Three Kings Parade with lots of special guests from the world of children’s cinema and television.
Calle Grande (Adeje).

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Christmas Celebrations and Traditions, Near and Far

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Adeje is a cultural cross roads, a salad bowl of traditions and practises, and Christmas is just one of these times when we tend to remember how we celebrated this festive season in the different countries of our birth.
With people from over 120 different countries living in our multi-cultural borough, it would be virtually impossible to list all the different traditions that are represented here today. But what is interesting is how immigration over the years has seen some practises from our past travel to new lands and adapt to new communities?
Here in Spain the most obvious example at Christmas is, no doubt, the fact that Santa Claus now visits many many children in Spain – in the past he left most of the gift-giving to his good friends the Three Kings, who brought the baby Jesus gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. But as communities in Spain and in Adeje began to welcome families from other lands, Santa Claus agreed to include Spain in his busy schedule.
But while we now share many customs, some we still observe in our own way. For instance for most Spanish people the big Christmas meal, where family come together, is dinner on Christmas Eve. Traditional meals will almost inevitably include prawns or other shellfish, with meats or fish as part of the main course. Most businesses close at lunch time on December 24th to give people time to get home and get ready for the meal, and while small presents may be exchanged that night, the big day for presents in Spain continues to be Kings Day, January 6th. December 25th is really a day to relax, and attend religious services for those who wish to.
To those of us who are from the UK or Ireland, December 25th is the day when our children will wake up early (too early for many parents!) and search eagerly for their presents under the tree. That afternoon is when we will have our Christmas lunch or dinner- with turkey, stuffing, roast potatoes and vegetables. Regional differences may see goose served instead of turkey, in Ireland a boiled ham is frequently served alongside the turkey, in the UK ham, roast beef or roast pork may be the second meat. Cranberry sauce is standard for the turkey as well. After the main course Christmas pudding is served, often lit with a dash of whiskey as it enters the dining room, and usually accompanied by cream or brandy butter. In many households the pudding is made months in advance, and steamed on the day.
The next day is traditionally our day to relax and get over the excesses of the large meal.. In the UK December 26th is Boxing Day, the name probably stemming from the old custom in Britain of giving a ‘Christmas Box’ to tradesmen and women on the first weekday after Christmas as thanks for good service throughout the year. This is turn is linked to an older tradition which saw many servants who had served the family where they worked on the 25th allowed home on December 26th, often with a box containing gifts and bonuses, and sometimes leftover food. In Ireland the day is a Feast Day, St Stephen’s Day and the day of the Wren Boys!
The Wren Boys traditionally were groups of small boys who would hunt for a wren, and then chase the bird until they either caught it or it died from exhaustion. The dead bird was tied to the top of a pole or holly bush, which was decorated with ribbons or coloured paper. On St. Stephen’s Day, the wren was carried from house to house by the boys, who wore straw masks or blackened their faces with burnt cork, and dressed in old clothes (often women’s dresses.) At each house, the boys sing the Wren Boys’ song in return for money which would be used to hold a dance for the whole village. Even today groups of Wren Boys will be seen on St Stephens day, but without dead wrens.

wren boys
Similar to the Wren Boys but not just in Ireland, Mummers would also go from house to house, and they would perform plays and wear disguises, often of straw, and ask permission before entering the house. Mummer performances would have been the first kind of folk theatre experienced in the UK and Ireland, and these would have been generally light-hearted occasions with audiences allowed to laugh and comment during the play. This tradition has also travelled with immigrant waves in previous centuries, and today you will find Mummer groups performing theatrical works in Russia, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, and many other parts of the world.
Christmas is a very special time in Germany too, the country which has brought us the notion of the Kris-kind, or Christ chid, which many of us have adapted to use for gift giving among groups of friends or workers. There, on December 6th, many houses receive a visit from St. Nicholas. On the night before, children place their newly cleaned shoes by the front door in the hope that Nicholas might fill them with nuts, fruits, chocolate, and sweets and not a stick which they will get if they have been naughty. The German excellence in baking and biscuit making comes into its own too at this time of year. Christmas markets are hugely popular and traditional in Germany and are held in many towns and cities during December, with hand crafted gifts and produce on offer in the most of picturesque settings. The Advent Calendar, also a German invention, is now found in many countries around the world, whether home made or shop bought, and is a lovely way for children to count down to December 25th.
The Christmas Crib first appeared in Italy though has undergone changes since then with many countries adapting the concept and adding different figures. In Sweden on December 13 young girls visit homes bringing cakes, dressed in long white robes and wearing a crown of candles like Saint Lucia. Lucia was a martyr, probably from the 4th century, who helped Christians who were persecuted by the Romans to survive by bringing them food in their hiding places, wearing a crown of candles.
Christmas is celebrated throughout the African continent by Christian communities, and there are approximately 350 million Christians in Africa. The Coptic Christians in Ethiopia and Egypt celebrate Christmas on the 25th of December in their calendar, which is the 7th of January for most of the rest of us, similar to the Russian Orthodox church. However, some Russians observe two Christmases and even two New Years, following both the church and the secular calendars.
Take care here in Spain on December 28th – while you probably won’t see Wren Boys, you might find yourself the victim of a prank or two. This is Dia de los Inocentes, which is, in a sense, the Spanish version of April Fool’s Day.
As in most part of the world celebrations are pretty spectacular on New Year’s Eve. While many of us might watch the count-down on television tuned into Big Ben in London, for Spanish people who live in the peninsula they will probably watch the clock and celebrations in the Puerto del Sol, in Madrid, though don’t forget it will be 2014 an hour earlier there. Local television stations here will be tuned to Santa Cruz, but if you are in Adeje why not go down to the plaza in La Caleta where the year will be rung in style with live music and lots of fun. Also remember to bring your grapes. In Spain traditionally people eat one grape for each stroke of the clock at midnight on December 31st, and for each grape you swallow you should have a month’s good luck in the year to come.
January 6th is the probably the most important date of the year for Spanish children. Even those who might have been good and received a present from Santa Claus in December will know that it is the arrival of the Three Kings, Melchior, Balthazar and Gaspar, that sees their ‘big’ present delivered. Parades take place in many towns and here in Adeje the Kings arrive by helicopter at 5pm on January 5th to the main town football stadium and at 7pm there is a terrific parade up Adeje’s Calle Grande with each of the Kings on a magnificent float handing out sweets to passers by. There is loads of colour and fun during the parade with a host of other characters taking part. The next day children will wake early to find out what they have been left – and hope it’s not a lump of coal!

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In Ireland January 6th is also celebrated, but it is know as Nollaig na mBan or Women’s Christmas, and is a day when men traditionally did all the housework. In Canada, in Quebec have a celebration called “La Fete du Roi” They bake a cake and place a bean in the middle. Whoever is the lucky discoverer of the bean, gets to be the king or queen, according to tradition.

 

Christmas Schedule of Events in Adeje 2013

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Friday 29th of November
6pm. BLESSING OF THE NATIVITY SCENE, El Galeón Residents Association
Adeje Municipal School of Music

29th, 30th of November and 1st of December
5pm -10pm. CHRISTMAS MARKET in Las Torres, Christmas products, food, workshops, musical performances, donation of non-perishable goods, and posting of children’s Christmas letters.
6pm. Celebration of the FIESTA OF SAN ANDRÉS with street activities. Avenida Ayya (Las Torres).

Saturday 30th of November
Celebration of the FIESTA OF SAN ANDRÉS with different activities in Armeñime, La Hoya and Fañabé. Organised by the Comisones de Fiestas.

1st and 15th of December
10am – 6pm ARTS AND CRAFTS MARKET
El Mirador Commercial Centre

Tuesday 3rd of December
4.30pm. Blessing of the Senior Citizens Nativity in the Senior Citizens Centre, Adeje Cultural Centre.

Thursday 5th of December
En la Calle Grande
5pm – 12 midnight, CULTURAL ACTIVITIES, theatre, music, sports, donation of non-perishable goods and posting of children’s Christmas letters, “Adeje vive la Navidad” (Adeje celebrating Christmas).
5pm – 12 midnight. CHRISTMAS MARKET.
5.30pm Workshops, balloon modelling, bouncy castles, face painting…
7.30pm. CHILDREN’S SHOW, Christmas musical event with Komba Producciones.

Friday 6th of December
10.30am – 7.30pm. CHRISTMAS MARKET, Asociacion de San Juan, in the Asociacion de San Juan centre.

Saturday 7th of December
7.30pm. CONCERT with the Adeje Municipal Band, ‘Celebration of Saint Cecilia’. Free entry. In the Convent San Francisco.

Friday 13th of December
5pm – 10pm. CHRISTMAS MARKET, Plaza Cesar Manrique.
5.30pm. Workshops, balloon modelling, face painting and bouncy castles, donation of non-perishable goods and posting of children’s Christmas letters.
5pm – 12 midnight. II Donation of food and toys, La Caleta Residents Association, La Caleta Sports Complex
7pm. Blessing of the Nativity Scene of the Parish of San José, Parish of San José (Los Olivos).
7.30pm. THEATRE, with the Clownbaret Co. with the show, BLANCO SARTÉN.

Saturday 14th of December
5.30pm. The Aftersun group stage their work, TEATRO INFANTIL (CHILDREN’S THEATRE) ‘El traje nuevo del Emperador’ (The Emperor’s new clothes). Entry €5 adults, €3 under 12s. Adeje Cultural Centre Theatre.

Sunday 15th of December
11am. Walk for Life in collaboration with the Spanish Cancer Association and Women with Breast Cancer Association.
Departs: Magma Arte & Congresos

Monday 16th of December
9pm: CAROL SINGING with the Boleros de Armeñime, Armeñime.

Tuesday 17th of December
9pm. Celebration of the DAY OF HOPE and the blessing of the Nativity Scene at the La Viña hermitage (congregation of the Sisters of Martha and Mary).
10pm. CAROL SINGING with the Adeje School of Music Folklore Group. Calle Grande.

Wednesday 18th of December
6pm. CHRISTMAS PLAY by the children’s catechism group.
7pm. Mass honouring the 25th anniversary of the Parish of the Resurrección del Señor (Armeñime).

Thursday 19th of December
8.30pm. COLLECTIVE CHRISTMAS CONCERT
Participants: Adeje Municipal School of Music, Borough Folk Groups, Adeje Municipal Band, and Ballet Beanky. Plaza de España.

Friday 20th of December
5pm – 10pm. CHRISTMAS MARKET Costa Adeje
In the Salytien Plaza.
7.30pm. THEATRE ‘Luces y Sombras de la Navidad (Christmas Lights and Shadows), Asociación San Juan.
8pm. CHRISTMAS FACTORY OF ARTS.
Youth Centre

Saturday 21st of December
10am. SPECIAL CHRISTMAS INDOOR TRIATHLON
Nexsport Club, El Galeón.
8.30pm. Living Nativity Scene, Tijoya Residents Association. Plaza del La Hoya.
9pm. The Aftersun group present CABARET SHOW ‘EL VARIEDADES 2’ (VARIETY SHOW 2).
Adeje Cultural Centre Theatre
Entry €8, youth and senior citizen card holders, €5.

Monday 23rd of December
7pm. CAROL SINGING
Callao Salvaje

Friday 27th of December
8pm. DONATION OF TOYS AND CONCERT WITH BENITO CABRERA, AMAZIG
Adeje Cultural Centre Theatre
Entry, a toy or €5

Saturday 28TH of December
8.30PM. GOSPEL CONCERT in the Convent of San Francisco. Entry free

Wednesday 31st of December
11pm. NEW YEAR’S EVE with the Wamampy Orchestra and the Hermanos Chavéz group. San Sebastián, La Caleta.

Friday 3rd of January
8.30pm. BURKA THEATRE CO. stage the work BOCACHO DE RISA
Adeje Cultural Centre Theatre.
Entry free.

Saturday 4th of January
8pm. II Christmas Adeje Veterans Football Tournament
Municipal Football Stadium.

Sunday 5th January
5pm. ARRIVAL OF HELICOPTER WITH THEIR MAJESTIES, THE THRE KINGS OF THE EAST, and their official welcome.
Municipal Football Stadium (El Galeón).
7.30pm. PARADE WITH THE THREE KINGS, with lots of special guests from the world of children’s cinema and television. Calle Grande (Adeje).

Mass times over Christmas/New Year
Tuesday, 24th December
CHRISTMAS EVE
5pm. Parish of the Virgen Milagrosa (Tijoco-La Hoya)
7pm. Parish of San José (Los Olivos)
11pm. Callao Salvaje Church
11.30pm. Parish of Santa Úrsula Mártir (Adeje)

Wednesday, 25th December
BIRTH OF OUR LORD
10am. Parish of La Resurrección del Señor (Armeñime)
11am. Parish of Santa Úrsula Mártir (Adeje)
12.30pm. Parish of Nuestra Señora del Campo (Fañabé)
6pm. San Sebastián Church (La Caleta)

Saturday, 28th December
EVE OF THE FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY
5pm. Parish of the Virgen Milagrosa (Tijoco-La Hoya)
6pm. Parish of Santa Úrsula Mártir (Adeje)
7pm. Parish of San José (Los Olivos)

Sunday, 29th December
FEAST OF THE HOLY FAMILY
10am. Parish of La Resurrección del Señor (Armeñime)
11am. Parish of Santa Úrsula Mártir (Adeje)
12.30pm. Parish of Nuestra Señora del Campo (Fañabé)
1pm. Callao Salvaje Church
6pm. San Sebastián Church (La Caleta)

Tuesday, 31st December
5pm. Parish of the Virgen Milagrosa (Tijoco-La Hoya)
6pm. Parish of Santa Úrsula Mártir (Adeje)
7pm. Parish of San José (Los Olivos)

Wednesday, 1st January
HOLY MARY, MOTHER OF GOD
10am. Parish of La Resurrección del Señor (Armeñime)
11am. Parish of Santa Úrsula Mártir (Adeje)
12.30pm. Parish of Nuestra Señora del Campo (Fañabé)
1pm. Callao Salvaje Church
6pm. San Sebastián Church (La Caleta)
Sunday, 5th January
EVE OF THE EPIPHANY
10am. Parish of La Resurrección del Señor (Armeñime)
11am. Parish of Santa Úrsula Mártir (Adeje)
12.30pm. Parish of Nuestra Señora del Campo (Fañabé)
1pm. Callao Salvaje Church
5pm. Parish of the Virgen Milagrosa (Tijoco-La Hoya)
6pm. San Sebastián Church (La Caleta)

Monday, 6th January
EPIPHANY OF OUR LORD
10am. Parish of La Resurrección del Señor (Armeñime)
11am. Parish of Santa Úrsula Mártir (Adeje)
12.30pm. Parish of Nuestra Señora del Campo (Fañabé)
1pm. Callao Salvaje Church
6pm. San Sebastián Church (La Caleta)