500 years passed, and at this present time, La Virgen de la Altagracia is worshipped largely by the three main religions in the island: catholicism, Santería and the Vodou, both in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. She is also considered “Protector and Queen of the hearts of the Dominicans”, and the patron saint of the Dominican Republic. The feast day of January 21st is a national holiday in the Dominican Republic, and is marked by Mass, festivities, celebrations, and a major pilgrimage from every corner of the island to the Basilica de Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia in the city of Higuey, to the east of the Dominican territory.
This project was selected in PhotoEspaña2017 for the Discoveries program
Altagracia is a reportage about the pilgrimage to the Basilica de Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia in Higuey, Dominican Republic every year, by January 21st, known as The Altagracia Day. It is surely one of the oldest traditions still celebrated in America since Columbus.