BY GEORGINA KEKEA
THOUSANDS of Catholics from the Archdiocese of Honiara gathered at the Holy Cross Cathedral over the weekend for a commemoration celebration.
The events culminating at the Holy Cross Cathedral was to commemorate 450 years since the first cross was placed on our shores.
Alvaro de Mendana discovered Solomon Islands and it was believed that the Spanish Navigator placed the first cross in the area where the Holy Cross Cathedral is now situated.
Over the months, as part of the 450 years celebration, a cross depicting the first cross here in Solomon Islands had been visiting parts of the country.
Since Thursday last week, Catholic Parishioners including districts in the Archdiocese of Honiara was reported to arrive in Honiara for the anniversary celebration.
An enactment on the arrival of Mendana to Solomon Islands was also performed by Parishioners of the Catholic Church.
Apart from the Catholic’s celebration on the arrival of the cross, this is the only big even to commemorate the country’s history and the discovery and naming of Solomon Islands by Spanish Navigator Alvaro de Mendana.