Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe

Not only is today 12-12-12, but it's the Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe (Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe). For Catholics, it celebrates the day that the Virgen de Guadalupe appeared to the indigenous man Juan Diego and the miracle occurred in which her image appeared on his cloak (or tilma).  The Virgen de Guadalupe is an incredibly important figure in Mexico, in part due to the strong Catholic influence throughout the country, as well as the ties to prehispanic heritage and beliefs.

People from all over the country make a pilgrimage to the Basilica. They start days in advance, with many people making the final approach to the Basilica on their knees. Apparently some people who, over the year have been granted requests made to the Virgen, prepare and give food to the people on the way to the Basilica. For those who don't make the trek to the Basilica, there are also celebrations in towns throughout the country.

You can see photos from when I joined the masses at the Basilica on December 12, 2010 here

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