On August 2, Costa Rica celebrates this National Holiday. Most regard it as the third most important religious holiday in Costa Rica after Christmas and Easter. It is the Feast of the Virgin of Los Angeles (Virgen de Los Angeles) Day, the patron saint of Costa Rica. The saint is also called La Negrita.
Annually, as many as two million pilgrims visit the Basílica de Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles(Our Lady of the Angels Basilica), on the feast day of the Virgin of the Angels, August 2. This Basilica is located in Cartago. Many walk the 10 miles from San José and many crawl on their hands and knees as a sign of their devotion during the annual Romería, which translates to religious pilgrimage.