OSSINING, N.Y. -- On Saturday, 1,000 people walked in honor of '"El Divino Nino" (the child Jesus) from Nelson Park (Washington Avenue/Route 9) in Ossining through the streets to St. Ann's Church (Eastern Avenue), honoring an ancient tradition to celebrate the birth of the Christ Child.
The people decorate their floats with typical foods including cuy (a traditional food of the Andean regions of South America) fruits and drinks. There were many nativity scenes and children and adults in typical costumes.
There was live music and some singing. The procession went from Nelson Park through Spring Street to St Ann's Church.
The Divino Niño, also known as Divino Niño de Bogotá or Divine Child Jesus, is a 20th-century religious wood statue of the child Jesus originating from Bogota, Colombia. The 17-centimeter high statue with arms stretched out wide and wearing a traditional pink robe or tunic has an inscription "Yo reinaré" ("I will reign") at its base.
It is one of the most popular religious images in Colombia, especially among Roman Catholics and it is claimed to have miraculous powers of fertility and healing.
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