Feast of Our Lady of Carmel

Our Lady of Carmel, Feast of

July 16
Our Lady of Carmel (the Madonna del Carmine ) is the patroness of the city of Naples, Italy. Her festival is celebrated with dancing, singing, and magnificent fireworks displays. Brightly decorated wax replicas of human body parts used to be sold at booths near the church, and people suffering from various physical ailments appealed to the Madonna to restore their health by offering her these replicas of the diseased portions of their bodies.
Her feast is also observed by Italian Americans in the United States. For example, it is part of the elaborate Giglio Feast celebrated in Brooklyn, New York.
See also Tirana, La
CONTACTS:
Italian Government Tourist Board
630 Fifth Ave., Ste. 1565
New York, NY 10111
212-245-5618; fax: 212-586-9249
www.italiantourism.com
SOURCES:
BkFest-1937, p. 188