November is coming, so it’s time to celebrate our Zulianity and, of course, we can’t do it without our Patroness “Our Lady of the Rosary of Chiquinquirá”.
|Virgin of Chiquinquirá|
The history says that a small piece of wood arrived to the shores of the Maracaibo’s Lake, where a woman took it to her home to use it like a lid of a jar. On November 18th, the woman heard a knock coming of the piece of wood. When she went to see, she noticed a bright light coming out of it and she could clearly see the image of the Virgin of Chiquinquirá.
She was really surprised, so she went out to the streets and started to scream: “Miracle, miracle”, and this was the beginning of the great devotion to the “Chinita”.
Chinita’s Fair is a religious tradition that we celebrate in Maracaibo every year from November 17th until November 19th. On November 17th, people in Maracaibo get together in the Basilica’s Square to stay awake singing “gaitas” and enjoying of the other cultural and commercial activities that zulians make, for example we have the Chinita's Parade, the marketplaces, the popular “Amaneceres Gaiteros”, the baseball game, the beauty contest...
I think is a beautiful celebration because is a way to renew our faith and give thanks for everything that we have. To celebrate it, my family and I stay at home watching movies, making barbecues and spending time together and with our closest friends.
Well, this is a short review of Chinita's Fair, I hope you like it and please leave a comment.
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