San Sebastian bathing in Adeje’s adulation again!

Local 19MORE than 15,000 packed into La Caleta on Tuesday to celebrate the annual Feast Day of San Sebastián.

The Adeje population, plus numerous visitors, were out in force to pay homage to their co-patron with a programme of liturgical and cultural acts in San Sebastián church and the La Caleta square.

People began arriving from early morning to ensure they were well placed to enjoy the celebrations, which started at midday with a sung Mass in honour of San Sebastian, performed by the Adeje Santa Úrsula parish choir.

This was followed by the traditional  procession from the church, along the usual route to the La Emramada beach, where thousands of people awaited the bathing of the animals in the presence of the Saint’s image, carried on the shoulders of the faithful.

Following the traditional dip and blessing of the animals, which  included goats, horses, cats, birds, donkeys and others, the Saint’s statue was carried back up to the plaza and the church.

Given the numbers in attendance, there was, as usual, local police, civil protection and maritime units on stand-by at all times, and no untoward incidents were reported during the event.

This is a celebration with many years’ history, dating back to the late 18th century, though it has changed somewhat over the years.

San Sebastián is still revered by many locally and further afield, and on this special day they pray for his intercession or help in curing ailments.

The festivities began on Monday with an open-air exhibition, “San Sebastián, a tradition”, developed by Adeje Heritage Councillor Juan Desiderio Afonso Ruiz.

There was also a “pinchos” (small skewered-tapas competition)  enabling the public to savour one of these tasty tit-bits and a glass of wine or beer for just two euros, and to vote for their favourite dish. The fiestas comissiones group from Armeñime won with 60% of the vote.

Running alongside was a “Noche de Parrandas”, with small bands from local neighbourhoods playing folk music during the evening, before and after the religious celebrations.

Delighted Mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga said: “The feast of San Sebastian celebration is a meeting point for co-existence and harmony for people who live here and who visit our borough.

“We are delighted at the level of participation during the Festival. It lets us show the commitment we have to our traditions, too, as it is very much a relevant part of our history.”

He added: “This is, without doubt, one of the most important pilgrim events in this part of the Island, and we will continue to work to ensure that the tradition continues through future generations.”

Cultural Councillor Nayra Medina Bethencourt said: “We are extremely happy at the numbers of people taking part, from our borough and from other parts of the Island.

“This year, we saw more pets and horses than ever, and the devotion to San Sebastián invites a shared harmony.

“Each year, more and more people become part of the tradition, honouring our Saint.”





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