Viernes Santo (Good Friday of the Holy Easter week) of Puerto de la Cruz is one of a kind. It's almost a magic, colorful show.
Not only the Ku Klux Klan look alike Cofradia and Hermandad members with their long robes (capirotes) and conical hoods with eye holes give an outstanding mood to its processions.
Extraordinary sacred art that represents important figures of the Semana Santa of Christ's circle plays an important part.
Note that there is no discrimination for penitents.
Men, women and children of any age take part.
It takes off by the beautiful Plaza de la Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de Peña Francia by Calle Quintana.
This remodeled pedestrian street isn't only wheelchair proof. It also provides permanent high spectator seating to the left and right of the stairs that lead to the church square. That's opposite the Antique Hotels Marquesa and Monopol. Their wonderfully carved balconies add the Canary Island touch to any occasion.
Notice some casual choreography while a scene develops. Marchers of different age seem to form a circle and a man in a violet gown moves about theatrically.
Maria Magdalena was mentioned on the day of Christ's last
Supper. Her uncovered, unusual hair came as a surprise to the Tenerife Holiday
home insider who is the author of this article.
Saint Santa Veronica's parade display is most stunning too.
No, the persons in white and black as well as red and white and violet robes are no visitors from the Southern States of the Mississippi Delta. The high, pointed hoods have eye slots to look through. That makes the outfits rather spooky. Masked penitents, as depicted, have been accepted by the Catholic Church since century VI. They have been a common but, not obligatory presence in all Spain until now.
Sometime later, you may click the photo Domingo de Ramos Palm Sunday to learn more about it.
The solemn drum beat of musicians dressed in black and white that
proceed the Puerto de la Cruz penitents doesn't sooth the situation.
By the way, the drumming renders a Good Friday march in La Laguna even more eerie.
By the way, you too are welcome.
It's a day of fasting and other restrictions that depend on world locations. Penitence, adoration and prayer are recommended. This day when Christ died for all humans on the cross is often a public holiday where many Catholics live.