Remembering those gone before…

All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day are busy days for cemeteries in Spain

The Adeje council have been busy making sure the municipal cemetery is ready for the many extra visitors expected over the coming days, with November 1st and 2nd marking All Saint’s Day and All Souls’ Day respectively. These are celebrated national (and internationally) with extra masses, and families taking time to visit the cemeteries where loved ones have been laid to rest.

The Adeje cemetery will be open to the public today and tomorrow from 8am to 6pm and on November 1st and 2nd from 8am to 8pm. In preparation for the visits the council have been working to make sure the cemetery is in top condition for families who will visit this week, cleaning, painting, planting new flowers in the different patios, etc.

The councillor with responsibility for the area, Esther Rivero Vargas, commented, “these are important days for the public, when we pay respect to those who have gone before us, and we know it’s essential that the cemetery is in top condition for those families who will be visiting, as it’s a very relevant date for them”. She added that the goal was always to make the place “one of tranquillity and harmony”.

Extra masses:

Wed Oct 31st
5pm: La Milagros Tijoco – La Hoya
6pm: Santa Ursula Mártir
7pm: San José, Los Olivos

Thur Nov 1st: All Saints Day
9.30am: Adeje Cemetery chapel
10am: Armeñime
11am: Santa Ursula Mártir
12 noon: Callao Salvaje
12.30pm: Adeje Cemetery chapel
6.30pm: Adeje Cemetery chapel followed by a blessing of the niches.

Fri Nov 2nd: All Souls Day
9am: Adeje Cemetery chapel
6pm: Adeje Cemetery chapel
6pm: Armeñime
6pm: Fañabe
7.30pm: La Caleta

 

 

 

Parks and gardens matter!

 

The Adeje department of parks and gardens, under Councillor Esther Rivero Vargas, has recently published details of the work being carried out through the department of services, EMSA, which tends 205 hectares of public green spaces.

The budget for 2018 in the area is being used to improve and maintain the public parks and green sections, “which are very much appreciated by our residents and tourists”, with seasonal flowers in certain parts of the borough, forming part of the overall image of Adeje. The teams also are charged with plant care and pruning.

“The key to the recent improvement in the service has been the qualifications of those working in the area, divided into 17 distinct sections given the varied geography of Adeje, allocating the correct machinery and expertise needed for each zone”; said the councillor. She added that over the year, given the work needed to be done, the team had increased from 47 to 62 trained individuals, with more jobs being created in the division.

To make sure the work is up to required standards those workers are also given on-going training in relevant area, including improvements in gardening skills, machine operation, fumigation treatments, tree and palm pruning, etc, Proper use of some of the new machinery also means less time used in public disruption during pruning operations.

In the playgrounds the team have been in to carry out cleaning and pest removals as well as inspections and reparations of any playground installations. They also work directly with other teams on public municipal events such as Easter Week, local fiestas, etc.

While the crews are dedicated to keeping all the different neighbourhoods in the borough looking good, the councillor said one of the areas under constant review is the cemetery, “as we understand that people do want to make sure their loved ones are in a place that is well looked after, and we do take special care with the gardens here and take note of people’s wishes – they want and have asked for a space that exudes peace, tranquillity, a place of retreat”, she explained.

 

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All Saints and All Souls Day preparations

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Masses will be held in all the parishes

The Adeje council have been busy preparing the town cemetery for All Saints and All Souls day, November 1st and 2nd. As well as work to maintain the grounds in good condition, this year there has also been improvements in the garden and common access zones.

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According to the councillor responsible, Esther Rivero Vargas, “these are important dates when we all remember those gone before us, and that’s why the council is always working to give the cemetery special attention in the lead up to the two feast days so that when people come to visit that find themselves in a place that is peaceful and harmonious”.

Included in the improvements are repainting, upgrades to the interior arches, and the planting of chrysanthemums in the patios as well as the addition of new decorative floral arrangements throughout the installation.

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The parish churches in the borough will hold masses over the relevant days:
Friday October 31st: Tijoco La Hoya (5pm.), Fañabé (6pm.), Los Olivos (7pm), and San Sebastián (7.30pm)
Saturday, November 1st, All Saints Day: Cemetery chapel, Adeje, (9am), Armeñime (10am), Adeje parish church (11am), Callao Salvaje (12 noon) y Fañabé (12:30pm). Adeje parish church (6pm), Los Olivos (7pm) and the Cemetery chapel, (7.30pm)
Sunday November 2nd, All Souls Day: Morning times as on Saturday. Afternoon masses will be in Tijoco La Hoya (5pm.), San Sebastián (6pm) and Cemetery chapel (7pm).