The Right Hand of the Madonna di Merino, a statue of Mary venerated in Vieste in the Italian province Foggia. The feast of the Madonna di Merino is celebrated on the 9th of May each year. On that day the statue is carried from the city to the coast in a procession. There the Madonna will cast her eyes over the sea and is then turned to the countryside. This is a ritual request to Mary by the people of Viesta to protect their two sources of livelihood: the sea and the land.