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Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe

 

Today, in Mexico City, millions of Catholics from around the world will make the legendary pilgrimage to one of Catholicism’s most visited sanctuaries, the Basílica de Guadalupe, to celebrate the 480th anniversary of La Vírgen de Guadalupe.

According to legend, in 1531 a peasant named Juan Diego was on Tepeyac, a hill northwest of what is now Mexico City, when he saw the figure of a woman appear to him. In this vision she instructed him to build a church in her honor directly where he stood. Juan Diego recognized her as la Vírgen María and told a local bishop of his miraculous vision, but the bishop required evidence. When Juan Diego returned to the hill, the Virgin appeared to him a second time. Juan Diego asked that she would give him proof. The Virgin instructed him to pick the roses behind him and carry them inside his tilma (a peasant’s cloak) to the bishop. On December 12, Juan Diego opened his tilma to the bishop and the roses fell to the ground, revealing the now-famous embedded image of the Virgin on the fabric. Thus, an idol was born.

It is an old Mexican tradition to sing a song on the morning of someone’s birthday. The day of La Vírgen de Guadalupe is no different, and thousands gather at the Basílica to sing to their beloved patroness.

By: Kim Foster