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Priostes of the pilgrimage of the Virgen de El Cisne, ready for edition of the religious appointment without capacity limits: “We have always told him we miss you, my mother”

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The atmosphere in Cuenca becomes different in August. Catholic believers know that it is time to fulfill the pilgrimage that is undertaken to the Virgin of El Cisne, in Loja. This 2022, after two years, the massive event is resumed.

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Until before the arrival of COVID-19, in 2020, the pilgrimage to the El Cisne parish brought together more than 200,000 people from different provinces of Ecuador and neighboring countries, says Milton Pintado, president of the August 15 Committee. This is one of the prioste groups that organizes the trips every year.

With prior coordination with the priests from Loja, the committee is in charge of the party that takes place between the 14th and 15th of this month. On these days of celebration various religious and cultural activities are carried out.

With honors they said goodbye to Loja to the Churonita, who undertook to return to El Cisne

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From its headquarters located in the rural parish of Turi, Pintado explains that, although they kept the festivities virtual and restricted, this August fills them with emotion because they will return to the house of the churona, as this invocation of the Virgin Mary.

From his group alone, he cited, more than 120 people will attend. the indian leaderYoThus, from next August 9 to 17, it is estimated that more than 15,000 parishioners will travel on foot, by bicycle, by bus or by private car. “We have always told him we miss you my mother, it’s like starting over. We are anxious for the season to arrive so we can celebrate him,” said Pintado.

From the organizing committee it was indicated that there is a contingency plan known to the authorities that consists of self-care and the permanent use of a mask and alcohol. Finally, he recommended that for those who find it difficult to attend the pilgrimage, the event can be followed from the Facebook account of the Committee August 15 Virgen del Cisne or National Sanctuary of El Cisne.

Pilgrimage activates clothing business

Vladimir Torres is in charge of making the religious trousseau for the Virgen del Cisne, this 2022 he made four garments. Photo: The Universe

Another place where devotion is on the surface is at confecciones Bladi, a sewing workshop that for fifteen years has been making the showy and expensive garments that are given to the Virgin.

The owner, Vladimir Torres, who is also a devotee of the ‘Churona’, said that for this year with his workers they made four suits. The elaborations are paid for by people who donate the garments as compensation for some miracle received. In his case, he and his family donated one of his confections in previous years.

In Cuenca, migrants order costumes for the image of the Churonita; this Thursday a very elegant one will be taken to Loja, to deliver it as an offering

In general, the garments are made up of lining fabrics such as French satin, embroidered tulle and adorned with sequins, stones, pearls and 3D flowers, Torres explained. The suits that are for the party are 3 meters long, while those for the urn are 1.70 meters long.

The head of Bladi said that this type of work has generated jobs in his workshop, currently employing six people. (YO)

Source: Eluniverso

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