Costa Rica Festivals – Fiestas de Alajuelita – Alajuelita

A Costa Rican festival in honor of the Black Christ of Esquipulas is celebrated annually every 15th of January. An ox-cart parade and a religious procession followed by a solemn mass at the top of the mountain just south of San Jose where the large metallic cross (La cruz de Alajuelita) is located and can be seen shining above San Jose every night.

Learn some other fun facts about celebrations in Costa Rica.

• A tradition that the pilgrims always do is to purchase a 50 centimeters of ribbon of different colors at the temple, which they pass in front of the image of the Black Christ while in prayer, and use it as a keepsake to feel close to Him.

• It is also a tradition of many pilgrims to drink chicha or chinchibir, which is being sold inside the fairground and at the bull ring.

• The followers of the Black Christ arrive to pray for all kinds of miracles from health to a new home or car for they believe in the story of the great miracles that the Black Christ of Esquipulas can give.

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Article by Marina Kuperman Villatoro

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