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Honduras: The Festival Day of the Virgin of Suyapa

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calvin breeden

on 7 March 2011

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Transcript of Honduras: The Festival Day of the Virgin of Suyapa

The story of the Virgen de Suyapa varies slightly, but the essentials remain the same: In February of 1747, a Honduran farmer named Alejandro Colindres was returning home after work and for reasons that remain obscure, he got caught out after dark and had to make a shelter by the side of the road. In the middle of the night, Alejandro was woken by something digging into his side. Half asleep, he threw whatever it was down into the hillside below, only to be woken again to discover that the same object had mysteriously reappeared and was again digging into his side. This time he put it into his sack, and it was only on returning home the next day at sunrise that he discovered that this object was Suyapa.

Suyapa was then kept in a special place in the house of Alejandro’s mother where she remained until about 1780. It was during this time that her reputation grew as a miraculous image with healing powers and gained many devoted followers.

THE STORY The Basilica La Virgen de Suyapa, who is believed by many to have performed hundreds of miracles, is a tiny wooden statue, measuring only 6cm (2.4in). She is brought to the large basilica on holidays, especially for the annual Feria de la Virgen de Suyapa beginning on the saint's day (February 2) and continuing for a week; the celebrations attract pilgrims from all over Central America.

Most of the time, however, the little statue is kept on the altar of the very simple Iglesia de Suyapa (you'll see her if you squint). Built between the end of the 18th century and the beginning of the 19th century, the church stands behind the impressive basilica
The Statue iglesia de suyapa
The feria is a large casual event where something is constantly happening. People are free to come and go as the please during the festival, listening, or not listening to the speaking and singing going on within the Basilica. Inside the Basilica, visitors light tapor candles at tables already bright with flames, and then attempt to press through the crowds of kneeling, praying people to get closer to the pedestal on the alter where "La Virgen" stands tiny and serene in her ornate gold case.

It is a very casual event. Most poeple try to where nice clothes, for example theyr church clothes, but no special dress is required. Groups and families sit normally in pews, or gather in the open space toward the back to hang out and chat unrestraintedly while theyr children laugh, play, and slide around of the cool, smooth marble floors. The Celebration Replica of La Virgen de Suyapa statue The Basilica is the main church in Honduras. It is dedicated to the Virgen de Suyapa and is the location of the statue during the "Festival of the Virgen de Suyapa." People come from all parts of Honduras and South America in order to see the statue and celebrate her. The statue is not always kept her though. Usually she is kept in la Iglesia de Suyapa, but on special occasions, such as holidays or the Festival she is brought to the Basilica. The 5 w's Who: The people mainly of Honduras, but also including people from all accross South America
What: Celebrate "la Virgen de Suyapa"
When: Starting February 2nd; continueing about a week after
Where: In the Basilica de Suyapa in Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Why: To praise the Virgen de Suyapa for the many miracles she is believed to have done
Customs Dress It is a very casual event. Most people where there "church" clothes such as suites and dresses, but no special dress is required. Music There are usually many people singing hymns throughout the Basilica. Or at other times, it is silent and people will watch and listen to someone preach or tell a story Food There are no feasts during the festival at the basilica. People are aloud to bring there own food to snack on while they are there but as a hole, no food is provided. Many familys celebrate this at home on the third of February, and will have feasts at there own, or relatives homes then Duration The Festival officially starts on February 3rd, but celebrations sometimes begin on the 2nd. the Festival lasts for about a week after the begginning of it. Evolution There arent any overall changes that have taken place to how this festival is celebrated besides the change in maybe fashion, which always changes over time. Besides this slight difference, the festival is still celebrated in the same basic way as before. What we have in common One similiar celebration we have is Christmas. There not exactly the same but they are rather close. In our celebration we clebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and he is the main figure, but in the festival, the praise the virgin of Honduras, or the Virgin Mary (Jesus's mother). Also, we celebrate the miracles that Jesus Christ is believed to have performed while they celebrate the many miracles that the virgin of Honduras is believed to have perfromed. Citation www.wikepedia.org
www.marriot.com Honduras by : Calvin Breeden Virgin Mary Virgin of
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