It’s San Sebastián time, for people and animals!

ADEJE is preparing to pay homage to San Sebastián, one of the borough’s patron saints, in a celebration involving people and their animals, which dates back to the 18th Century.

It takes place along La Caleta’s La Enramada beach, next Friday (19th Jan) and Saturday, and those wishing to take part (as riders, etc) must register by today (12th Jan).

Events begin from 8pm on Friday with a sung Mass in the La Caleta church, after which the statue of San Sebastian will be carried along in a short parade, accompanied by Adeje’s municipal band, and fireworks.

This will be followed by a folk-music festival, and visitors will also be able to view the open-air exhibition of images/photographs of the borough’s San Sebastian tradition.

Then, next Saturday at midday, there will be a Mass, sung by the Santa Úrsula parish choir, after which a procession to the beach begins.
Those involved will be accompanied by the customary horses and riders, plus many more animals, as well as thousands of spectators, who will be awaiting them along the beach.

On their return to the square, the priest will bless the other animals, which have been brought to the event.

Adeje Council will organise parking throughout the events, designed to leave the main streets free for visitors and residents to enjoy the celebrations, and for better traffic circulation.

There will also be designated viewing areas for people with mobility difficulties.

Adeje’s San Sebastián statue was commissioned for the borough by Father Eulogio Gutiérrez Estévez (1851-1917), who was Parish Priest there for 17 years.

Over the decades, many people have attributed miracles to the statue and the Saint, and many still pray to him for relief from pain and suffering.

A story in the 1916 Gazeta de Tenerife relates the celebrations of that year, reporting on local fun, and a procession of over 100 camels and other “beasts of burden” to the beach, accompanied by more than 2,000 members of the public.


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