By John Smith • 29 June 2020 • 16:18
Last year’s procession in Los Boliches
Credit: EWN Media Group
THE Virgen del Carmen Festival is one of the most important tributes to the Virgin Mary across Andalucia but this year, it is recognised that the normal parades of the statue of the Virgin will not take place.
As the Virgin is the patroness and protector of all seamen, fishermen and divers, her feast day of July 16 is celebrated across Spain where there are fishing villages and towns and her statue is normally taken to the beach and her blessing for safe fishing and sailing requested.
This year, the Fuengirola Council is working with the Brotherhoods of the Virgin in Los Boliches to ensure that there are floral decorations in the areas where they usually parade.
In addition, the council will ensure that visitors to the Plaza del Carmen on the Paseo Maritimo will be able to enjoy the atmosphere as they come to pray.
What is not known at this stage is whether these celebrations will clash with or detract from the State Ceremony of Mourning for lives lost to the pandemic which is due to take place on the same day.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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