Nicaraguans and their dogs receive St Lazarus blessings

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.

Video Transcript

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- We are blessing our little dog Coco, because it is the day of Lazaro. We are Catholic and we do this frequently, year after year. It has become a tradition.