Virgen of the Chinita

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Virgen of the Chinita : 

Virgen of the Chinita

One of the many popular representations of the Virgin Mary in Venezuela. The image is most venerated in Venezuela's second city Maracaibo in the state of Zulia, where it is also called La Chinita : 

One of the many popular representations of the Virgin Mary in Venezuela. The image is most venerated in Venezuela's second city Maracaibo in the state of Zulia, where it is also called La Chinita

An old lady named Maria Cárdenas made a living by washing other people's clothes, at the shores of the lake. On November 18th 1709 as usual, went to the lake to start washing them. This old lady was at her chores when she saw a small wooden slab floating towards her. : 

An old lady named Maria Cárdenas made a living by washing other people's clothes, at the shores of the lake. On November 18th 1709 as usual, went to the lake to start washing them. This old lady was at her chores when she saw a small wooden slab floating towards her. She picked it up thinking that it might be of some use. Then, she noticed a small figure in the board but couldn't tell what it was. she went directly to see what was happening and found the slab glowing with a bright light to later find the image of the Virgin of Chiquinquirá.

The Chinita’s fair officially begins on October 27th when the Virgin is taken down from the altar in which she rests. She tours all over the Zulia State and returns to the Basilica to start all the religious festivities. : 

The Chinita’s fair officially begins on October 27th when the Virgin is taken down from the altar in which she rests. She tours all over the Zulia State and returns to the Basilica to start all the religious festivities.

The Chinita’s fair officially begins on October 27th when the Virgin is taken down from the altar in which she rests. She tours all over the Zulia State and returns to the Basilica to start all the religious festivities. Around October 2nd, Bella Vista Avenue sees itself lit up by all the Christmas decorations. : 

The Chinita’s fair officially begins on October 27th when the Virgin is taken down from the altar in which she rests. She tours all over the Zulia State and returns to the Basilica to start all the religious festivities. Around October 2nd, Bella Vista Avenue sees itself lit up by all the Christmas decorations.