Our Lady of Altagracia holiday also called the Day of the Lady of Altagracia, is a holiday and is celebrated on January 21 by Dominicans everywhere. The day aims to honor the Virgin Mary, particularly a 16th-century portrait of her, which currently lives in the city of Salvaleón de Higüey in the Dominican Republic. ‘Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia,’ called in Spanish, is one of two days commemorating the Virgin Mary in the country, with the other being Our Lady of Mercedes Day takes place on September 24 every year.
The Dominican Republic’s association with the Virgin Mary is long and is related to two different tales.
How is Our Lady of Altagracia celebrated?
The devotees organize all-night vigils, sing, dance, enjoy feasts, and host different festivals across the country.
What does the name Altagracia mean?
Altagracia was taken from the Virgin Mary’s Spanish title, which means “high grace.”