January 21st, day of the Virgin Altagracia
On January 21, the national holiday Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia (or popularly the day of Altagracia) is held. Thousands of Catholic believers are on pilgrimage to the Basilica of Higúey to pray for health and happiness in this immense church on this day. About the story why the basilica was built in Higüey there many stories go around. The most popular version is that the Spaniards in 1494 wanted to take in the small village of Higüey from the Taino Indians. The Indians resisted fiercely, and the Spaniards almost had to give up. But the Spaniards put a large wooden cross on with the image of the Virgin fixed on it.
According to story the cross miraculously began to glow and then the Tainos decided to give up the fight and the Spaniards gained control of the city. In tribute to this great event the construction of a basilica started in 1954, the construction lasted 18 years. The basilica is built in honor of the Virgin Altagracia. In the center of the basilica therefore stands a very big statue in bright colors representing the Virgin of Altagracia. Also in Sosúa the Catholic faithful celebrate the day of the Virgin (el Dia de La Altagracia). The celebration will be held again in the gym. There will also be a special bus trip from Charamicos to the Basilica in Higüey.
Source: Sosua News
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