Photo: Adeje Ayuntamiento.
La Orotava’s Corpus Christi carpets are the famous ones, and this year’s display in the town will take place on Thursday 7 June. Over recent years, however, Adeje’s has become just as unmissable and Calle Grande, the main street leading up from the post office to the town hall and church at the top of the town, will be filled with carpets of coloured salt on Saturday 2 June. There’s a video below from the Ayuntamiento about how the carpets are made, explaining how Corpus Christi was developed in the Middle Ages as a celebration of the Eucharist, and how the carpets are enjoyed and then used as a decorative pathway for the religious procession.
In a way, it’s related to the tradition in ancient religion of laying out the carpets for the Gods: treading on them was sacriligeous because it likened the walker to a god … a tradition that in the secular world could be the origin of the red carpet that celebrities walk on as gods of film at premiers or awards ceremonies. In the Christian world, though, the Corpus Christi carpets are trodden underfoot not as an act of hubris but of honour for Christ’s sacrifice, and the provision of his body as the host in a religious Mass.
In Arona, as usual, the celebration is divided into the municipality’s different barrios, with a religious Mass following the creation of the carpets over 2 and 3 June. Times for all events is detailed by the Ayuntamiento HERE. As elsewhere, the creation of the carpet is followed by a Mass and procession on Sunday.