Faith in violet

Faith in violet

Faith in violet.

Religion in Cuba was concealed and even persecuted for many years since the Revolution triumphed in 1959.

This hasn’t precluded the pilgrimage in honor of Saint Lazarus (Babalú-Ayé in the African pantheon), a miraculous saint who helps people heal, mainly of traumatic and skin ailments, to keep being celebrated every December 16th and 17th.  To show their gratitude, pilgrims –usually wearing some violet-colored piece of clothing- walk for several kilometers on their knees or dragging stones up to the Hermitage of Rincón, a town located some 20 km from Havana.


It’s a day of pain, beggars, sick, chants, candles, dogs and faith, a "Violet colored faith".

Re-emergence of religion in Cuba is evident, and the number of worshipers attending church with violet flowers to show their gratefulness or to ask something of the “old one” (as many people call the miraculous Saint Lazarus) is steadily increasing.

religios parade in Cuba in honour to saint lazarus by louis alarcon
photo of pain in Cuba in a documental photography tour to cuba
Documental photography travel to cuba to pilgrimage of Saint Lazarus
Documentary photography of Saint Lazarus pilgrimage in Cuba by Louis Alarcon
pictures of religion in Cuba, fine art
symbols of religion in cuba in my religion photo tour in cuba
religion photo tours in cuba in honour to saint lazarus
Religion photo travel to cuba saint lazarus pilgrimage
pain and faith to sain lazarus in religion photography tours in cuba
pilgrimages in a religion phototour in cuba , Saint Lazarus
workshops of documentary photography in the pilgrimage of saint lazarus in Havana
pilgrims in Cuba , 17 of January looking for Saint lazarus saint.
cuban woman dress in white
holy water in saint lazarus pilgrimage in cuba, during a louis alarcon workshop of photography
saint lazarus statue in El Rincon church
children faith in Saint Lazarus pilgrimage, photography tour in Cuba
night photography in saint lazarus pilgrimage in cuba by louis alarcon
Resting in a religious ceremony in Cuba in a travel of photography
tatoos of Saint Lazarus in a travel of photography tourism
helping pilgrims in a special day for photographers in cuba
candles and pilgrims in a travel of photography in honour of saint lazarus in cuba
candle and pain in cuba, by louis alarcon proffessional cuban photographer
cubans into the church in a photography tour in havana
adoration in a cuban church, photography documental tour by louis alarcon
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