La Virgen del Valle (Vingin of the Valley)
In agreement with the religious tradition of our country, the Virgin of the Valley is considered as the pattern of the east of Venezuela, being venerated with special devotion in the Margarita island. Each 8 of September its day, date in which travelling ones go thousand of venerating it in their sanctuary located in the Margarita Valley, near Porlamar is celebrated. The festividades last several days and, in each one of them, the Virgin shines a beautiful suit designed with fabrics provided by her "devotos". On the beginnings of the conquest the Spaniards founded on the island of Cubagua, the city of New Cadiz. In just a short time this city derivative of the extraction of per those grew vertiginously that abounded in their seas. During this period the inhabitants of New Cadiz ordered to Spain an image of the Immaculate Conception to put the city under their protection. The image arrived at Cubagua in year 1530, but few years later, the 25 of December of 1541, a hurricane devastated New Cadiz and with her the church where it was the image of the Virgin. When being saved miraculously the image of the Virgin, the settlers of Cubagua decided to put it safe of new cataclysms, taking it in 1542 to a property in the Valley of the Margarita Island, where they constructed a small hermitage to him. With the passage of time the place gave the name to the image, that began to be called the Virgin of the Valley.
In the year of 1608, the Margarita island experienced a great drought. By such reason, the people from the island decided to remove the Virgin and to take it in procession until Asunción. In agreement with the testimonies that are had of the time, at the moment at which the procession arrived at this city, the sky was blackened and soon the strong rain began to hurry on all the island. In addition to the previous story, several legend exists on the Virgin of the Valley. According to one of these, the image of the Virgin was painted by the angels who took it to the Indians so that she protected them of the abuses of the conquerors. Guaiqueríes found it on scrubs and they took to Palguarime to construct it to him a chapel there. However, soon after the Virgin appeared again in the site where she had been him. Finally, the natives understood that she was there where she loved the Virgin to be venerated and they constructed a chapel to him that with time, would be had to transform into the today sanctuary. According to another legend, the Virgin was next to the patriotic ones in the battle of Matasiete, during the war of Independence. In this sense, it animated the patriotic ones and cured her wounds, reason why also she knows herself him like the Patriotic Virgin. The Virgin of the Valley is also well-known like the Pattern of the sailors, who call it in the most tender east " and sweet of the mothers " and always they invoke before weighing anchor or sending it the network. According to another legend, a called fisherman Domingo was looking for to per them of the sea at heart and stepped on an enormous ray that sank its prong to him. As a result of this, the leg him ulceró and the doctors were thought that there was to amputate it to save the life to him. Before these circumstances the wife of Domingo went to ask to him with much faith the Virgin of the Valley by the health of this one. Soon after the fisherman healed of miraculous way, reason why he promised to him that in payment he would offer to him first to per the one that obtained. It went to the sea and when opening one oyster, found to per the one that reproduced with amazing fidelity the form of its leg and until the sign of its scar. A fact that somehow confirms this amazing story, is that per the one that found Domingo it can observe in the museum of the sanctuary, along with numerous gold objects, silver and precious stones that have given to him to the Virgin in payment of granted miracles.