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Sep 24 2023


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Our Lady of Mercedes Day

Our Lady of Mercedes Day is a cultural holiday celebrated in the Dominican Republic on September 24th each year. This significant holiday honors the Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus, and serves as a testament to the lasting influence of Spanish colonialism and the Catholic Church on Dominican culture. The celebrations include special masses, colorful parades, and processions throughout the day. The holiday holds historical significance, dating back to 1615 when the Spanish Mercedians established the feast day. It is a time for Dominicans to come together, showcasing their cultural aspects such as food, music, art, and vibrant parades. The festivities take place across the country, with the major celebrations happening in the capital city.