According to independent journalist, Henry Constantin Ferreiro, yesterday, Camagüey’s streets were “full of people with heart and against the rainfall, not in fear of losing work, school or their future.” The purpose of the encounter: the celebration of Cuba’s Patron Saint, the Virgin of Charity:

Caridad del Cobre 1 of 2 Henry Constantin

(Photo courtesy of Henry Constantin Ferreiro)

Havana’s streets were also buzzing with faithful members of Cuba’s civil society, conducting large processions in honor of the Virgin:

(Video courtesy of Angel Moya via YouTube)

Havana’s independent, and heavily censored digital journal 14ymedio declared that the “devotees have been active in preparing their September 8th Holiday. Shortly before the procession, there has remained fervent activity in the vicinity of the temple that bears her name in Havana.”

DAMAS DE BLANCO 8 sept La Habana

 (Photo courtesy of Reynaldo Escobar, 14ymedio)