A beloved statue of the Virgin Mary made a short look on Monday in a southern Spanish metropolis earlier than returning to its underwater resting place.

Recognized within the metropolis of Algeciras because the Virgin of Palm, the statue spends most of the year inside a cave within the Bay of Gibraltar. In the course of the Feast of the Assumption of Mary on August 15, divers drop into the bay to retrieve the statue, giving residents and vacationers an opportunity to see the girl up shut.

In response to Getty, this annual custom started in 1975. Locals have linked the apply to an occasion that supposedly befell within the seventeenth century. Legend has it that an Italian ship docked at Algeciras’ busy port centuries in the past to attend out a heavy storm. On board the ship, the crew members discovered a field with a picture of the Virgin Mary holding a palm leaf. It was solely when the crew eliminated that field from the ship that the ocean turned calm as soon as once more.

Scroll by way of the slideshow under to see photographs of this celebration.

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    A picture of the Virgin of Palm is held by a string as divers take it to the floor in the course of the yearly Virgin of Palm maritime pilgrimage on August 15, 2016 in Algeciras, Spain.

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    The Our Girl of Palm maritime pilgrimage in Algeciras dates again to 1975.

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    A priest amid worshippers anticipate the arrival of the Virgin of Palm on El Rinconcillo seashore.

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    Fishermen place the picture of the Virgin of Palm on to a wood base.

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    Fishermen place the picture of the Virgin of Palm on a pedestal.

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    Worshippers splash water at one another to have fun the arrival of the Virgin of Palm.

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    The picture of the Virgin of Palm.

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    Devotees on the pageant.

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    A younger worshipper wears a necklace with a Virgin of Palm picture.

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    A worshipper touches the Virgin of Palm.

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    Fishermen carry the picture of the Virgin of Palm again to the ocean.

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    The statue is carried out into the bay.

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    The statue is loaded into a ship.

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    Fishermen and worshippers splash water after take the picture of the Virgin of Palm again to the ocean in the course of the yearly Virgin of Palm maritime pilgrimage at El Rinconcillo seashore on August 15, 2016 in Algeciras, Spain. 

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