This Sunday, May 5th, the traditional rogation with the Adeje patron, the Virgin de la Encarnación, takes place, fulfilling a promise made by the people of Adeje over 300 years ago, when, according to the religious history of the borough, she saved the people from a plague of locusts.
The tradition of the rogation has been in place in Adeje since the 16th Century, under the Marquis of Adeje, Pedro de Ponte, who brought the statue of the Virgin to the Santa Ursula church to protect her from pirates and brigands attacking the coastal areas of the island. Local people were not too happy with the decision, so a promise was made to bring her back to La Caleta every year, specifically to La Enramada where she was first ‘discovered’.
The procession will begin at 9am from the Santa Ursula church in Adeje town, and people should wear walking shoes, bring water, fruit, sun hats and bring sun cream.
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This weekend the Adeje council is hosting a number of events to mark the end of the Lustral year. There will be a diploma ceremony recognising the work of all the neighbourhood collectives and resident associations in the Ika park tomorrow, Saturday, followed by a lunch and afternoon of music and song and on Sunday the final pilgrimage from Adeje town to La Caleta, over the traditional mountain path.
The Lustral year is celebrated in Adeje very five years, since the tradition was revivied in 2000, though there are records showing Lustral ceremonies as far back as the 16th century, when the statue of the ‘Virgen de la Encarnación was discovered and brought to the area known as La Humilladero. From there she was brought to the Adeje town church, Santa Úrsula, by Pedro de Ponte, to keep her safe from marauding pirates.
According to archives in the Adeje Fort (Casa Fuerte) there were Lustral celebrations held in the 18th century, with a document dated 1782 describing related events and signed by Francisco del Castillo Santelices. Today the celebrations see the statue brought to every village and neighbourhood in the borough with collectives working to include the local population in the event. The final event, and certainly the most dramatic and visual, was the nighttime procession with a flotilla of boats accompanying the statue from Puerto Colon to the La Enramada beach followed by a light and sound spectacular.
According to mayor, José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga, “the Lustral festival is an important celebration which allows us look to our past and present and open doors to the future. It is in opportunity to reassess our values: peace, progressivity, unity, harmony, equality….in these modern times, when our town has undergone profound changes, it is the right to time to encompass our solidarity, our multi-cultural identity, a perfect opportunity to continue to build a town that is progressive”.
As well as being one of the patron saints of the borough of Adeje, the Virgen de la Encarnación holds the title (translated) of Honorific and Perpetual Mayoress of Adeje. This was a title first granted her in 1961 by the then mayor Juan Manuel Bello Ledesma, and ratified again by the council in 1994 under José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga to coincide with the Canonical Coronation.