Jul. 31st, 2008 12:50 pm
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You have to have faith. You have to believe.

A Romería in spanish is a religious pilgrimage. It is a Catholic celebration that consists of a trip or peregrination (in cars, floats, to horse or on foot) that ends at a sanctuary. (Wikipedia)

Costa Rica is mostly catholic. My family is catholic. I'm one of those catholics who doesn't go to church, but I do believe in God. But I do it my way, I'm very spiritual. I pray, i talk to God all the time.

I did a romería the other day. In Costa Rica we go to La Basilica de Los Angeles. Our patron. Most of the people do it by foot. This celebration is held on August 2nd.

The Basilica is the object of extensive pilgrimage and visitation by about 1.5 million believers throughout the country, many of whom join in the celebrated 22 kilometer walk to the basilica during the romería, though people can start the pilgrimage from anywhere they want. Some in order to demonstrate their piety will even crawl all 22 kilometers on their hands and knees.

This year they are especting 2.5 million people, considering Costa Rica only has 4,133,884 people thats a lot of believers. I know there a lot of problems in the world right now, but I think faith it's what's keeps us alive. Faith in God, Buda, Ala, it's not a matter of religion. Faith in your friends, faith in your heroes, faith in yourselfves. This time a women is walking 217 km to thank God she survive cancer, It's gonna take her 5 days to get to the Basilica by foot. People from all over the country do the romeria by foot. 

did it and I walk only 17 km and by the end I was so tired, but it was worth it. I did it because I wanted to thank God for my family, my friends, all the good things that had happen this year. I also thank God for all the people I had met here in LiveJournal [ profile] i_heart_aiba , [ profile] dvampyrlestat , Eli and Andreix at The Show. All the girls from Aibakaland in the "Arashi habla español" topic! I have met some wonderful people this year! But of course I also ask for help, I really want God to help me out with my grad project and japanese. I need the energy and I need to focus on the things that are important.

Romerias are held all over the world. In case someone would like to know more about them here's the link to wikipedia. Romerias

Date: 2008-08-01 12:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
2.5 million people
That is A LOT.


Date: 2008-08-01 01:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
2.5 million is a lot?


With more than 71 million adherents, the Philippines is the fourth largest Catholic nation in the world, after Brazil, Mexico and the United States.

That's my country for ya. :)

Re: hijacking.

Date: 2008-08-01 02:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Wooo that is A LOT OF PEOPLE! theres only like 4 mil people in Costa Rica... and more than half of the people goes to la romeria... from my prespective 2.5 people is a lot.. but when u say 71 million are from the Phillippines.. that A LOT OF PEOPLE!
That's faith for you guys!

Re: hijacking.

Date: 2008-08-01 02:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
We're overpopulated. And overloaded with Korean migrants. Haha!!!

Re: hijacking.

Date: 2008-08-01 04:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
We are overloaded with Nicaraguans and Colombians here. But I don't mind. People come to get a job, or running away from poverty, or from la guerrilla in Colombia...

Re: hijacking.

Date: 2008-08-01 06:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
O~ho. Yeah. The Colombian state of affairs right now is quite......turbulent, huh. So you're like a refuge for them.
Here.....we're just...being bombarded with Koreans.

Date: 2008-08-01 01:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Why...thank you......:) so sweet. :)

I'm Catholic, too, but I don't think I've heard of a Romeria. But pilgrimages do happen in my country very often, but not like there's a set date for everyone to do it or anything. And I've never been to one. Haha.

I'd like to think of myself as more spiritual than religious. I do practice most of what Catholicism dictates, like i try to go to Church every Sunday, stuff like that....but I am one of those who raises questions at the Roman Catholic as an institution. That said, I have faith, an unshaken one. :)

After the walk, I bet you felt exhilarated. I would. :)

Date: 2008-08-01 02:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Well.. I'm really thankful cos I met u and Haru. You guys rock! And what strike me the most is the fact that we can communicated so easily thanks to the internet. I can say now I have friend from Philippines, Finland, Peru, Spain.. and it all thanks to Arashi! Globalization is happening right now.. doing this! We are people from the world! World citizens.

I'm more spiritual too, but I don't go to church that often.. like you I have a lot of question regarding the institution. I also have an unshaken faith! :)

When you get closer to the Basilica you feel exhilarated. When I got inside i felt happy and thankful, and tears started to fall from my eyes. This time around it was really overwhelming, you feel warm inside. You believe and you love! It's a great experience!

Date: 2008-08-01 02:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Arashi, a tool for globalization.

Wow. :)

RIght, right. :) I don't understand why people equate 'blind adherence' to the institution as 'faith in the Divine'. these people have their definitions wrong. Haha. But that's what they believe in, so who am I to begrudge them of that. :)

Ahhh....I know the feeling. Especially when you walked that far, and you're tired, and you just know that you went through THAT to get there....:) very fulfilling indeed. And like a load is taken off your shoulders. :)

Date: 2008-08-01 04:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Well.. there are people for everything... who am I to judge right?

It is far right?... but when I saw an article this morning in the newspaper about the women whos walking 217 km... I was like.. man.. I didn't walk that much... and I walk for 5 or 6 hours and I was sooooo exhausted... I should go to the gym.. bad condition... XD


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