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The Carmen Virgin's Sea Procession at A Illa de Arousa

Illa de Arousa, Galicia, Spain

July 30, 2011, 12:47 hs local time

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La Procesión de la Virgen del Carmen en A Illa.

Los festejos en honor a la Virgen del Carmen, patrona de los marineros, se celebran en muchísimas localidades costeras españolas. En A Illa de Arousa la procesión marítimo-terrestre se celebra desde finales de los 40 del pasado siglo. Su fecha varía en función del calendario lunar. Es la más concurrida de las procesiones de la Ría de Arousa, pues en ella participan más de 100 embarcaciones.

La ceremonia comienza con la salida de la Virgen del Carmen desde la Iglesia Parroquial -dedicada San Xulián- hasta el Puerto de O Xufre, donde se celebra una misa solemne en su honor. A continuación la Virgen es trasladada a la embarcación agraciada ese año, y cualquier presente si lo desea, como yo en este caso, puede subir a las embarcaciones que tomarán parte en la procesión y realizar el recorrido con los pescadores, presenciando la emotiva ofrenda al mar, hasta su arribo al Puerto de A Ribeira do Chazo. Cantando La Salve, los marineros devuelven la imagen de su Virgen a la iglesia.

Por la noche la Comisión se despide con una verbena en la Plaza do Regueiro y fuegos artificiales en el Puerto de Xufre.



The Carmen Virgin's Sea procession at A Illa de Arousa.

Festivals in honour of the Carmen Virgin, the catholic protector of all seamen, may be found anywhere along the Spanish coastline. In A Illa de Arousa the sea procession has been celebrated since the late 1940s. It is the biggest one in all the Arousa's firth, as more than 100 ships take part in it.

It all begins when the Virgin's image is got out of its usual home—St. Julian's Church—to be taken to the Xufre harbour—the biggest one of the the two harbours in the A Illa isle. There a solemn mass is celebrated, and then the Virgin's image is embarked to the current year's fortunate and decorated ship. Anyone wishing to follow the sea procession, as myself, is allowed in many of the other participating boats.

At a certain spot all the ships stop and a flower bouquet is offered in silent respect to the sea. Then the procession follows on to the other isle's harbour from where the Virgin's image is taken back to its yearly usual home.

At night a dance and fireworks are held at the Plaza do Regueiro square.

Additional Caption: Karmengo Amaren prozesioa, A Illa de Arousan. ▼

Location

Europe / Spain

Lat: 42° 34' 43.11" N
Long: 8° 52' 12.1" W

Elevation: 0

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Precision is: Medium. Nearby, but not to the last decimal.

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Equipment

Nikon D300 + Nikkor 10.5mm, monopod, homemade panohead, Nikon Capture NX, PTGui Pro-Panotools, Photoshop, Pano2VR

Karmengo Amaren prozesioa, A Illa de Arousan.

Karmengo festak ospatzen dira urtero Euskadi eta Espainako kostaldeko edozein tokitan. A Illa de Arousan itsas-prozesioak joan mendeko 40.en hamarkadaren azken urteetan hasi ziren. Hauek dira Arousa osoan handienak, 100 itsasuntzi baino gehiago bertan parte harten dutelarik.

Dena hasten da Ama Birjinaren irudia bere betiko egoitzatik -Julian deunaren elizatik- ateratzen denean. Bertatik Xufre portura -hau da, A Illa bi portuetatik handienera- eramaten dute, non Meza bat egiten den. Gero, Ama Birjinaren irudia urte horretan egokitutako -eta apaindutako- untziari eramaten dute. Bertaratutako edozeinek prozesioan parte har dezake -nik neuk bezalaxe- itsasuntzietako baten batera igota.

Puntu batera iritsita untziak geratu eta lore sorta bat eskaintzen diote itsasoari. Hurrengo, prozesioa irlaren beste porturantz abiatzen da, nondik irudia bere ohiko egoitzara eramaten dute berriz ere.

Gauean dantza eta su artifizialak daude Regueiro plazan.
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