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The main event of the festivity of the feast of Carmen is the procession of the boats

The programme for the festival is organised by the Sitges Fishermen's Guild, the Port de Sitges-Aiguadolç, the Centre d'Intrepretació de la Malvasia de Sitges - Celler del Hospital, and the Xarxa de Municipis Indians, with the collaboration of Sitges Town Council.

From 13 to 20 July, different events will take place to commemorate the feast of the Virgen del Carmen, patron saint of sailors and fishermen.


The  procession will be the main event, which will take place on 16 July, presided over by the image of the Virgin, which will accompany the boats from their departure at 7 p.m. from the Port de Sitges - Aiguadolç to Terramar and back to the port. As the boats pass in front of the different chapels, there will be a salute and at the cementery there will be a floral offering in memory of the deceased fishermen and sailors.


After the procession there will be a tasting of seafood rice cooked by the Fishermen's Guild accompained with Malvasia de Sitges Blanc Subur white wine from the Bodega del Hospital. Tickets for the tasting can be purchased there from 7 p.m. onwards. At 8 p.m. there will be a Catalan rumba by Enrique Santiago Music with "cremat" (burnt rum).


On 16th July, at 11 a.m. in the parish church of Sant Bartomeu and Santa Tecla, a solemn mass will be held in honour of the Virgen del Carmen.


Furthermore, the CIM, the Sitges Malvasia Interpretation Centre, will be opening the festivities of the Virgen del Carmen with the activity "Malvasia and Aguadolç: a love story", on the 13th at 6 p.m. and ending the commemoration events on the 20th at 7 p.m. with the activity "The legacy of the Americans: malvasia and chocolate tasting", an enogastronomic visit in which stories of "Americanos" will be told, guided by Anna Castellví, from the "Xarxa de Municipis Indians", and by the historian and director of the CIM, Alba Gràcia.


The origins of this feast go back to a legend that explains that the Virgin saved an English ship that was in the middle of a terrible storm. One of the sailors, out of desperation, began to pray, tore off his scapular of the Carmelite order and threw it into the sea, causing the storm to stop immediately. This legend helped to consolidate the patronage of the Virgin of Mount Carmel among sailors and navigators.



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