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Dogs dress up to receive St Lazarus blessings in Nicaragua

Dogs dress up to receive St Lazarus blessings in Nicaragua
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According to tradition in Nicaragua, faithfuls ask Saint Lazarus for the health of their dogs and pay these favours back by bringing their pets dressed in costumes to attend mass in honour of the Saint. Image Credit: AFP
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Junieth prepares her dog called ';Princess'; to be blessed by Saint Lazarus and to pray for the return of her two other dogs which got lost. Image Credit: AFP
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A girl holds her dog to be blessed by Saint Lazarus, in Monimbo neighbourhood in Masaya. Image Credit: AFP
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A girl holds her dog to be blessed by Saint Lazarus in Monimbo neighbourhood in Masaya. Image Credit: AFP
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A woman carries her dog to be blessed by Saint Lazarus. Image Credit: AFP
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Youths carry their dogs to be blessed by Saint Lazarus. Image Credit: AFP
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A woman carries her dogs to be blessed by Saint Lazarus. Image Credit: AFP
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A woman carries her dog to be blessed by Saint Lazarus in Monimbo. Image Credit: AFP
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A woman carries her dog to be blessed by Saint Lazarus. Image Credit: AFP
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A little girl sits with her dog to be blessed by Saint Lazarus. Image Credit: AFP