Religion points to that area of human experience where in one way or another man comes upon mystery as a summons to pilgrimage.~Frederick Buechner
They travel slowly inspired by religious devotion to Nuestro Señor del Rescate de Popoyuapa, whom they acknowledge for previous miracles that happened in their lives.
A disabled elderly woman traveled this year for three days in a bed aboard a wagon.
Jarquín Carla gives thanks for his daughter Massiel Lopez Jarquín, who was miraculously healed of cancer 15 years ago.All the participants said that the pilgrimage is, and was, one of the deepest and most important religious experiences of the Nicaragua tradition.
The carts are decorated with the traditional colors of this pilgrimage: yellow, which signifies the Catholic Church; purple, because of the upcoming Holy Week; and blue, because blue is the national color of Nicaragua. Even the family dogs join in the pilgrimage.
The long line of carts travels four days to reach its destination: the Popoyuapa sanctuary. Here, an open-air mass is held upon arrival. The goal of the pilgrims is to show thankfulness and faith to the image of Nuestro Señor del Rescate de Popoyuapa.
This tradition is said to be over 100 years old. Thousands of faithful Catholics accompany Nuestro Señor del Rescate de Popoyuapa to the open air arena where an ecclesiastical decree is read at the Shrine of Popoyuapa.
Thanks to Jairo and Oscar for two of the photos.