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 27 June. Over recent years, however, Adeje’s have also become extremely popular 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 the evening of 22 June and Sunday 23rd. 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 on Sunday following the creation of the carpets on Saturday. Times for all events this weekend is detailed by the Ayuntamiento HERE. Santiago del Teide Ayuntamiento, for its part, has announced that they will have carpets in the town of Santiago del Teide itself, and in Tamaimo, Arguayo and Puerto de Santiago: again the carpets will be prepared on the Saturday and be walked through following a Mass on Sunday.