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What is a Milagro?

February 26, 2016 , , ,

The custom of using milagros, or ex-votos, to remind one of a vow or a wish is common in may parts of the world.  The custom was popular in Spain and came to Latin America with the colonizers.  I have been collecting and using them for years.  I like to find unusual ones to add to my collection.  I put them in my change purse to protect my money.  I don’t attach any saint or religion to them, but do like to see them every time I sort through my change to pay for something.  They remind me of the intention I had when I placed them there.  Some naturally get lost, but I have a some for so many years it is surprising.

friends enjoying Tubac

friends enjoying Tubac

I recently found some great new ones in Tubac that I had not seen before.  I was traveling with friends, so I purchased matching milagros for us as a souvenir of our trip to Santa Cruz County.  I had just gifted a couple of charms to some guys from Wisconsin who were about to go on bicycles to Mexico.  We met them leaving Tumacacori Mission ready to ride across the border.  They were not afraid and felt fine about having no plans or accommodations arranged.  They were some real adventurers.  I was certain they needed some protection, so I gave them each a milagro.  I am sure that milagros have been left at the mission for centuries, so it seemed right.

Tumacacori Mission

Tumacacori Mission

Tumacacori Mission

Tumacacori Mission

The Tucson Botanical Gardens has a craft project in the hispanic garden section now for visitors to design and leave their own meaningful charm in the trees.  These handmade milagros are really fun to see as they decorate the garden.  They signify whatever the maker has in mind at the time, and are very charming (pun intended).  Do you have any personal milagros, gentle reader?

milagros in the trees

milagros in the trees

milagros in the trees

milagros in the trees

milagros in the trees

milagros in the trees

milagros in the trees

milagros in the trees

milagros in the trees

milagros in the trees

milagros in the trees

milagros in the trees

milagros in the trees

milagros in the trees

milagros in the trees

milagros in the trees

milagros in the trees

milagros in the trees

 

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I love the concept behind milagros. It seems so meaningful.
Can they be reused for another time?

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Stevie Wilson (@LAStory)

February 29, 2016

They are basically always in use. That is why I could cary them for years and them sen them back south with the bicycle dudes. They are a symbol and therefor can go and mean anything.

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Pamela Morse

February 29, 2016

Interesting!

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Grandtrines

February 29, 2016

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