“Desde el cielo una hermosa mañana.. La Guadalupana bajó al Tepeyac”
La Virgen de Guadalupe or otherwise known as “La Reina de Mexico” is the patron saint of Mexico. It is said that Juan Diego witnessed the apparition of Virgin Mary several times in December of 1531. Due to these events, Dia de la Virgen de Guadalupe emerged and is celebrated on December 12th of every year. Thousands of people make the pilgrimage to the Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe in Mexico City every 12th of December to celebrate this event. It is said that the original tilma (cloak) where the image of Virgin Mary appeared is safely displayed in the Basilica, where thousands of people who worship her, travel to see. La Virgen de Guadalupe is a staple in the faith of many Mexican Catholics; she is said to perform miracles and answer prayers of the faithful believers.
Check out our detailed timeline of the four apparitions Juan Diego witnessed in 1531.
How is La Virgen de Guadalupe Tradition celebrated?
Every December 12th, a celebration and mass take place in honor of La Guadalupana. Catholics from around the world make the pilgrimage to see an image of Mary that is believed to be the authentic image that emerged on Juan Diego’s tilma in the Basilica de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe in Mexico City. Those who are not able to make the pilgrimage to Mexico, will typically go to their local church and have a beautiful mass and celebration emulating the one in the Basilica. Las Mañanitas, can begin as early as 6AM, where people will sing to her with special music written about her and the event back in 1531. Among the other songs, “La Guadalupana”, which is the most popular detailing the events, will be sung loudly and proudly. After the celebration, a mass will take place with special prayers and lectures about La Virgen. Many Catholic parents will also dress their children in traditional clothing to include them in the celebration.
La Virgen de Guadalupe in Quinceañeras
From a very early age, Mexican Catholic children are taught that La Virgen de Guadalupe is their mother. They are told to ask her for guidance and help throughout their life. Many quinceañeras pay tribute in a small but very meaningful way to La Virgen. During a quinceañera mass, the quinceañera will bring a fresh bouquet of flowers specifically for “La Reina de Mexico” to thank for watching over her and to ask for continuous guidance through her adult life. The quinceañera might even be given a bracelet or pendant with the image of La Guadalupana by her Padrinos, as a reminder to honor her.
To tie this look together, watch Bere’s Virgen de Guadalupe inspired make-up look!
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