The Fiestas del Carmen of Realejos San Agustin are most likely leading by their amount of activities. Puerto de la Cruz certainly tops in Tenerife by the spectacle of the "embarcaciónes" the embarkments of the statues of San Telmo and Virgen del Carmen. Both are town fishermen patrons, while the Madonna sculpture of Realejos also figures as Patron of the entire Valley of La Orotava.
These events of Tenerife North are so important that a new poster is created by both towns year by year.
These Fiestas de Julio the July celebrations have their own Fiesta queens, while sports competitions also play a big role, above all in neighboring Realejos. Then, the latter's suburb San Agustin which harbors a Marian shrine attracts a magnitude of people while thousands spread all over the Puerto Cruz hub with its Muelle and its fishing hamlet La Ranilla.
The so called Dia del Carmen of Puerto de la Cruz takes place on the Tuesday before the 16th of July, hence on Monday
the 11th in 2017 and 2018 for example. Then, tourists also join the locals to celebrate Puerto's patron saint of fishermen who is Saint Telmo
or San Elmo.
He is normally put onto a smaller boat for his ocean ride just before the Madonna is heaved onto a slightly bigger vessel.
Hundreds of cheering people of all age are knee deep submerged in the mouth of the port during the ceremony. There, they splash the water with amazing energy and emotion to salute a safe loading on board.
In 2018, on July 28, the Marinos the sailors of El Puerto start their yearly pilgrimage to San Agustin of Realejos. That's also the day of Potato Papa Bonita events.
Here, it must be mentioned that the so called Marinos of
Puerto de la Cruz have been traditional barers of the Marian statue of
Los Realejos since about the middle of the eighteenth century. They never stopped the habit when they had a Madonna of Carmel themselves.This turns this event in one of the most remarkable of all Fiesta celebrations in Tenerife.
Needless to say, merry dancing, good food, wine, folk songs, Zarzuelas and balls of the Magos play a big part
during the Carmelitan Fiestas of Realejos as well as in Puerto de la Cruz. Then, the Hermandads the brotherhoods as well as the Marinos chant the same short verses year after year during the processions. Mayors from both cities join each others processions. Guardia Civil police from as far as Icod de los Vinos puts up a prominent show for the safety of the towns.
In 1725, the wealthy congregation of Realejo Bajo became owner of a most beautiful wooden statue of the Virgen del Carmen made by Antón Maria Maragliano of Genua.
In 2015 on its fiftieth anniversary, Iglesia de Nuestra Señora del Carmen at San Agustin of Los Realejos became a Catholic sanctuary under Pope Francis. (Francisco in Spanish)
Many fishermen guilds and sailors take part in the Fiestas del Carmen in all Tenerife harbor towns, as the Lady of Mount Carmel is their patron.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel Virgen del Carmen ongoing Mayoress of Los Realejos and Patron of the Valley of la Orotava.
The Catholic devotion of the Realejos town folks is extraordinary. There on Wednesdays at the Sanctuary, women bring their new born babies to be blessed by Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
However, the celebrations also have a very mundane side. Needless to say, even worldly Fiesta queens are crowned for the occasion and fireworks are never amiss.
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