More than 2 million people participated in the 15 mile (22km) pilgrimage from San Jose to Cartago on 2 August to honour “La Negrita” Costa Rica’s Patron Saint.
“La Negrita” is a crudely carved small black stone statue of the Virgin Mary. Legend has it that young indigenous girl, Juanita Pereira, found the statue on 2 August 1635, while gathering firewood in the forest outside Cartago, then the capital of Costa Rica. Attempts to move the statue failed and thus began the veneration of this object. Today, the little statue rests on a golden and jeweled platform above the altar at the Basílica Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles in Cartago built over the place where she was found.
Further News: Latin America News 3 Aug 2017
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