Dia de Guadalupe in Mexico - Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe
December 12th, 2012 is the 481 celebration Dia de Guadalupe, a legenary event that bonded the people of Mexico and the Catholic Church in the days of the Spanish conquest.
The Virgin of Guadalupe is the most famous and celebrated of all saints and she is also known as the “Virgen Morena” and is the patron saint of Mexico. Supposedly she was first encountered by an Aztec Indian, San Juan Diego, on the hill of Tepeyac now known as modern day Mexico City, in 1531, shortly after the conquest by the Spanish Conquistadors.
As the story goes he was on his way to a monastery and when passing the hill of Tepeyac he heard signing as the sky turned brilliant and at the end of the signing he heard a call from a woman. As he knelt before her she identified herself as the “consummate virgin Saint Mary, mother of the true deity , God, the giver of Life, the creator of all, the ever present lord of heaven and earth”. Then she then asked for a temple to be built on the so that she could attend to the “weeping, sorrows and prayers” of all the people of the land.
While he tried to rely this sighting to the Bishop he had no proof and was afraid to offend the deity so he returned to the hill and once again he saw her and she told him to pick some Castilian Roses and return to the Bishop with the roses that were very uncommon to the area at that time. With this “miracle” the Bishop then believed Juan Diego’s story and shortly there after there was a Basilica built on that site in honor of The Virgin Guadalupe.
Dia de Guadalupe is more important for many Mexicans that Easter or Christmas and is celebrated with parades, pilgrimages and fiestas throughout much of Mexico and most of Latin America. In 1737 she was recognized as the patron Saint of Mexico City and eventually by 1946 to include all of the Americas. This day is to celebrate the love we give to the Virign de Guadalupe and is known to many as the day of Love (Amor).
With this day is also the beginning of the Christmas Posadas and holidays all over Mexico and Latin America.