Nicaraguans and their dogs receive St Lazarus blessings
AFP, 22 Mar 2021
Dressed in colourful costumes and with ribbons tied around their heads or necks, hundreds of dogs received the blessing of Saint Lazarus - the protector of animals and the sick in Nicaragua - along with their owners. Locals have been putting their faith in the healing powers of Saint Lazarus since the 19th century, when a deadly cholera epidemic struck Nicaragua.
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