On this day, December 12th, people from all parts of Mexico make their way to Mexico's chief religious center at the Basilica of the Virgen of Guadalupe, located in Villa de Guadalupe Hidalgo, a northern neighbourhood of Mexico City. There, they will celebrate the Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe (Our Lady of Guadalupe) with a mass ceremony and a traditional fair in her honor.

The Dia de la Virgen de Guadalupe became an national holiday in 1859. At the plaza the fiesta starts after the mass ceremony with delicious food, vendors selling crafts and clothes, along with many performences of music and dance. In other parts of Mexico, similar festivities are organized with some unique variations of the celebration. In some places, altars of flowers are built in her honor. Other parts have traditional food prepared like buñuelos, raspados and tortas as well as activities like parades, rodeos, and bullfights. (Source)


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Tomie dePaola has a great story on his website about Our Lady of Guadalupe as the Patron of Artists and I could not agree more! Without a doubt, she has been inspiring artists (Catholic or not) for the past 500 years. To explore Our Lady of Guadalupe in art:


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