Tuesday, July 17, 2007
I think I mentioned in a previous post that if there is one thing the Spanish seem to enjoy it's a fiesta and yesterday saw the grand finale of a week of celebrations in honour of the Virgen del Carmen, the patron saint of fisherman.
July 16th is the day the statue of the Virgin is taken from the church and then out in a procession through the streets until it gets to the beach. Here it is taken out to sea in the decorated “jábegas”, accompanied by her faithful devotees, while the rest of the village residents and crowds of visitors look on from the shore.
There were dozens of small boats escorting the big one that took the statue out to sea. After half an hour or so of prayers and hymns the boats returned to the port where the illuminated statue was carried back through the streets and finally returned to the church and the evening ended with a spectacular firework display.
Even though I've seen it before the entire evening was magical. There is something very special about witnessing this yearly event.
Posted by Solstitches at 2:39 PM