July 18, 2010


our lady of Carmen on Ibiza streets

On July the 16th is celebrated Our Lady of Carmen patroness of seafarers. Ibiza is like a beautiful coastal city, is no stranger to this celebration as the whole island the sea is around and each year as the image of Our Lady of Carmen wandering around the narrow streets of the district of La Marina in the lower part of the city on her way to the port.

The image passes between the balconies and the street called of the Virgin, where the whole street is decorated with many flowers. Every year the image leaves his house, the Carmelite convent church of San Telmo.
One of the most beautiful moments when they have to go down some steep stairs into the final stretch leading up to the image to a boat. This image is preceded by their banner and some monks of the Carmelite monastery in Ibiza that just have this image as their saint patron.
Many people accompany the image. Ibiza town is not living back to the sea, but the contrary. Whenever both the dangers and the various forms of subsistence were always by sea. So not only Ibiza town is very important the harbour but also in the whole island.

Sant Antoni de Portmany, Es Cana, Portinatx, Es Cubells, Formentera ... and some populations also maintain its traditional maritime procession, although in some localities are held next Sunday 16th.

The image arrives at the ship that will take her to sea. This time it is a tug named with a beautiful town of Gran Canaria. "Arucas." This tug in red, this year will be in charge of carrying the image to his walk through the waters of the Ibiza´s bay. In his way a laurel wreath will be thrown into the sea, as a tribute to all those who lost their lives at sea, as an example let me say my own grandfather and paternal great-grandfather, fishermen and sailors who found their death in the Mediterranean as them so many men who left their lives in to the sea.

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