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Santa Barbara Day, venerating the owner of the ray

Santa Barbara Day

Every December 4, red is the color of Cuba, a centuries-old tradition sheltered by faith.

Most of the islanders celebrate that day at Santa Barbara and the Afro-Cuban deity Monkey, both representative of force and power, of storms and lightning.

Many venerate them in their homes with an image or a personal altar and worship and ask for divine favor regarding health and daily well-being.

But santa barbara day many of Havana's faithful devotees head to the National sanctuary dedicated to the saint, located in the neighborhood of Párraga, in the municipality of Arroyo Naranjo. There they deposit offerings and demonstrate their devotion to the holy-orisha.

Many carry flowers. There, candles are lit, Afro-Cuban songs are sung, promises are fulfilled and miracles are recounted.

Santa Barbara day, devout Cuba

In the National Sanctuary in Párraga, the santa barbara day It is celebrated with a series of masses beginning early in the morning.añana to which adults and children come to receive the blessings of the saint.

Families fundamentally implore for the cure of diseases and for the reunification of their members.

Around 4 in the afternoon, the procession begins in which the image of the Saint runs through the main street of Párraga, surrounded by a crowd that sings songs and carries flags, candles, flowers, among other symbols.

On this special day of celebration and faith, several processions to honor the saint take place in different parts of the country.

Santa Barbara and Chango

Barbara de Nicomedia, known as Santa Barbara, was a XNUMXrd century Christian virgin and martyr. It can be represented with the palm of martyrdom or with peacock feathers, as this animal is a symbol of resurrection or immortality.

In Cuba, its usual attribute is a tower with three windows whose meaning is the refuge of faith in the Holy Trinity.

And the santa barbara day It is also celebrated to Monkey, one of the most popular Orishas of the Yoruba pantheon. The orisha of thunder, lightning, justice, virility, dance and fire is identified in the Catholic religion with Santa Barbara.

As a curious detail, the celebrations of Santa Barbara are celebrated annually on December 4 also in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Palestine, among the Arabs who have adopted Christianity as their official religion.

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