The main summer festivities for the south western municipality of Mogán. “Fiestas del Carmen” in honour of ‘La Virgen del Carmen’, the patron saint of sailors and fishermen. The festivities are first held in Arguineguin 10-19 July ( Dates yet to be confirmed by the town hall ). After then in Puerto de Mogán.
The program includes a wide variety of traditional, cultural, religious and festive events for everyone to join, including :
The main Romeria, the pilgrimage offering, to Virgen del Carmen. Departure from Avenida del Muelle to Plaza Pérez Galdós, by the main church. Traditional Taifa dancing on the square.
The Bajada de la Rama, “the lowering of the branch”. (A quirky, youthful street party, based on a pre-christian throwback to the original natives of these islands, praying for their gods to bring them rain after the hot summer months) Expect dancing in the streets and water EVERYWHERE!
Maritime procession. There is a religious eucharist at the church followed by the pilgrimage promenade to the harbour for the epic Maritime procession to start. From there boats will depart escorting the main boat carrying the statue of the Virgen to the bay of El Pajar where the offering will be made. The tour will go to Playa de Mogán to meet its counterpart. The procession then heads back to Arguineguin.
Thursday 16 July 2020 is the main feast day for the Virgen del Carmen and so also a local bank holiday from Arguineguín, to Puerto Rico de Gran Canaria, to Puerto de Mogán and up to the original old village of Pueblo de Mogán.