On January 21, the national holiday Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia (or popularly the day of Altagracia) is held.
Thousands of Catholic believers go on pilgrimage to the Basilica of Higúey to pray for health and happiness in this immense church on this day.
The basilica is built in honor of the Virgin Altagracia.
In the center of the basilica therefore stands a very big statue in bright colors representing the Virgin of Altagracia.
Also in Sosúa the Catholic faithful celebrate the day of the Virgin (el Dia de La Altagracia).
In the afternoon there will be held a celebration to honor her at the Centro de Convenciones (the upper chamber of Sosúa Bay Casino) with a lot of singing and music.
Basílica Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia
There is also planned a special bus trip from Charamicos to the Basilica in Higüey.
At a press conference in Samaná (Wednesday, January 11th) Francisco Dominguez Brito, the environment minister, announced the start of the whale watching season.
The season runs from January 15th to March 15th.
At the meeting were representatives of environmental organizations, the Ministry of Tourism and business people present.
The Environment Minister emphasized in his speech that it is necessary to keep distance and not to disturb the whales.
The humpback whales come from the North Atlantic Ocean to the shores of the Dominican Republic this time of the year to mate and give birth to their young.
But where they can be seen in large numbers, is in the National Park 'Los Haitises' at the peninsula of Samaná.
Last year the humpback whale has been spotted regularly near the coast of Sosúa and Puerto Plata, and that is really special and exceptional.
If we have the same luck as last year, to be able to observe these mighty mammals in the bay of Sosúa is not certain.
The traffic police (AMET) has stopped dozens of cars in Sosúa which didn't have a new Marbete sticker on the windscreen.
Every year a car owner has to purchase a new Marbete sticker, which is prove he has paid the yearly vehicle tax.
According to the newspaper Listin Diario, since January 6, the last day to pay for the sticker, more than 2000 vehicles have been stopped, the car taken from the road and the driver fined.
The fine for the car owner, besides the price for the Marbete, is 900 pesos.
A gang of Marbete forgers has also been uncovered in the capital Santo Domingo.
The gang was led by a gang leader 'Rubio' who sold forged Marbetes at half the price.