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Quema de Palmitos

March 7, 2011
notice pinned to church door

notice pinned to church door

Palm Sunday - Quema de Palmitos

Palm Sunday - Quema de Palmitos

Palm Sunday - Quema de Palmitos

Palm Sunday - Quema de Palmitos

Sunday just passed was Palm Sunday. Palm Sunday is four weeks before Easter. On Palm Sunday Jesus rode into town on a donkey, the streets strewn with palm leaves.

Quema de Palmitos is the burning of the palm leaves to produce ash for Ash Wednesday. It took place outside Nuestra Señora de la Peña de Francia en la Plaza de Iglesia en Puerto de la Cruz en Tenerife at 5 o´clock on Palm Sunday.

I had seen the notice pinned to the church a few days before. Apart from the participants, I was the only one who attended.

I do not know if this was an ancient tradition resurrected or a new tradition, but in its present form has only taken place for the last fifteen years.


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