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La Palma Easter

It’s not so that they take the obviously-heavy statues along the street. It’s the costumes. They remind me of the Klu Klux Klan. This is unfair, because the costumes concerned are far older than the KKK. They ensure anonymity, but in this case it’s not to avoid prosecution; apparently it’s to stop onlookers admiring your piety. Dates from 6th of April to the 8th of April 2012.

La Palma Easter

La Palma Easter

When the Glory is sung during the Easter mass, the black curtain which covers the magnificent baroque altarpiece of Nuestra Señora de Candelaria church is drawn back and the image of Jesus, who had risen from death, appears. Suddenly, the doors of the church are opened, and the church is invaded by the noise of bells ringing, of the drum (known as caja de guerra), while a group of young people burst into the church running and throwing flowers to the faithful. When they arrive at the high altar, they get down on their kneels, concluding their happy expression of Alleluhya.

On Easter Sunday, the procession El Encuentro (which symbolizes the moment the Madonna meets her son who has risen from death) walks through the cobbled streets of Tijarafe. Women and San Juan walk along one side of the street accompanying the Madonna. San Juan leads the procession and when it has been realized that Jesus Christ has risen from death, they make three bows and they turn San Juan quickly to run to tell the Madonna the good news. Once the Madonna and her son have met and three bows have taken place (in the last one, the priest takes the knife off the chest of the Madonna which symbolized her sadness), the silence which had been present during all the procession, is broken by the drum and the bells.

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San Andrés y Sauces

Also this little district of the village of Los Sauces has a celebration on Easter Sunday similar to the above explained since the encounter between the Madonna and her son is similar. The main difference between both is that ,after the encounter, in San Andrés the procession carries on as far as the church, accompanied by the congregation and many children who carry gacios, a wild plant with yellow flowers. Once the procession is over, children, armed with gacios, line up at both sides of the entrance of the church and they wait for the priest to go out. When the priest goes out, children yell at him and they whip him with the gacios that they are carrying. The priest has to protect himself and he runs to his house, where he opens the windows and throws children coins, sweets and cards.

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