Tomorrow is Public Holiday Mercedes Day
The Mercedes Day national holiday, Wednesday 24 September 2014. Our Lady of Mercedes Day commemorates Dominican Spanish heritage. There will be a procession from Las Mercedes Church in Santo Domingo’s Colonial City and activities at the Santo Cerro Church in La Vega.
The Santo Cerro Church is located on a hilltop with sweeping views of the Cibao Valley and can be reached in a five-minute drive from the La Vega intersection of the Duarte highway.
The Virgin became the patron of the Dominican Republic after according to the legend during a battle with the indigenous Tainos, Christopher Columbus himself placed a cross on the hill at the La Vega site. When the Tainos attacked the cross, the Virgen de las Mercedes appeared above one of the arms and the frightened Tainos fled.
To this day, on September 24th, thousands of pilgrims visit the church to commemorate the holiday that honors the patron of the Dominican Republic. A replica of the cross can be seen at the church site in La Vega.
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