Thousands of religious tourists from around the world are arriving at the Higuey Basilica to render tribute to the Virgin of Altagracia, which is one of Dominican Republic’s two manifestations of the Virgin Mary. La Altagracia is celebrated on January 21. Here is a short article from Dominican Today:
Thousands of pilgrims, even from as far as Switzerland, have been arriving in the eastern city of Higuey since Saturday, to attend masses and other ceremonies to mark the day of La Altagracia, which together with Las Mercedes is one of Dominican Republic’s two manifestations of the Virgin Mary.
Higuey’s Basilica was abuzz with pilgrims Sunday morning, who occupied any space available to set down mattresses, cardboard boxes or on the bare floor to pay tribute to their patron saint. The pilgrimage’s key moment comes when hundreds of faithful form long lines to be able to touch the Virgin’s portrait in reverence, thanking her for successes and praying for cures.
Passengers packed bus stops after arriving coming from around the country, the Caribbean region including Haiti, and Argentina, United States, especially New York, Massachusetts, Florida and Rhode Island, and from Europe, mostly Spain and Switzerland.