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  • Dance groups create sacred spaces throughout La Tirana, Chile
    Posted: February 17, 2017 - 9:51am

    While the geographic heart of La Tirana is the "temple" or sanctuary of the Virgen del Carmen and the plaza where they dance, bailes spend most of their time outside the plaza in living compounds.

  • Day by day: Full schedule for feast at La Tirana, Chile
    Posted: February 16, 2017 - 1:48pm

    The dance celebrations at La Tirana are organized around the feast day of the Virgen del Carmen, July 16. But the full schedule, from July 10-19, has a number of other high points that make it so meaningful to those who make the pilgrimage there.

  • Gender equality a fundamental right in Ireland
    Posted: February 10, 2017 - 1:51pm

    Couples in Ireland tend to marry late, and most agree that equality between women and men is a fundamental right.

  • Roots of the dance feast at La Tirana: Spanish and indigenous culture, even Hollywood
    Posted: January 30, 2017 - 4:33pm

    The tradition of religious dance at La Tirana has both indigenous and Spanish roots. After the War of the Pacific, in the late 19th century, the feast at La Tirana became a feast for the Virgen del Carmen, the patroness of Chile.

  • Dancers embody prayer in 10-day feast at La Tirana, Chile
    Posted: January 25, 2017 - 4:09pm

    Normally a town of fewer than 1,000 people, La Tirana fills with more than 200,000 people during the feast, which centers on the feast day of the Virgen del Carmen (July 16), but lasts from July 10-19.

  • Csíksomlyó pilgrimage one of largest annual gatherings in Romania
    Posted: January 5, 2017 - 10:24am

    The pilgrimage to Csíksomlyó for Pentecost is one of the largest annual gatherings of any kind in Romania, attracting 50,000 to 100,000 attendees each year.

  • Pilgrimage, crown viewings, and prayer circles in Romania show devotion to Mary
    Posted: December 16, 2016 - 4:23pm

    Devotion to the Virgin Mary is a strong and everyday part of life in the Transylvanian Hungarian and Catholic community. Attendance at Mass is visibly larger on annual holidays dedicated to Mary, and pilgrimages and prayer circles honor her.

  • In Romania, men and women assume traditional roles for calendrical rituals
    Posted: December 12, 2016 - 11:43am

    Annual calendrical rituals associated with Lent, Easter and Christmas often assume traditional complementary gender roles, but you will see women and men relate to each other in a very different manner in regular life.

  • Radio Maria listeners in Romania divulge stories of Virgin's intercession
    Posted: December 12, 2016 - 10:42am

    Talking about miracles is most popular among volunteers with the new Transylvanian branch of the World Family of Radio Maria, a Catholic media network. The volunteer efforts by women who give their time to Radio Maria are making it more acceptable to tell stories about asking the Virgin Mary for help, but many Catholics in Romania still worry about what others will think if they speak about divine intercessions.

  • Catholic wedding rituals in Romania give both men and women a chance to perform
    Posted: December 8, 2016 - 2:31pm

    Two wedding traditions special to Romanian Catholics include friends of the groom building an arbor of pine poles and flowers to mark the groom's house, and a procession to call out the bride on the day of her wedding. Today's wedding couples prefer contemporary music, while older generations belt out traditional ballads.

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