Today marks an important day for the heart of Mexico and the Catholic calendar; today marks the miracle where Our Lady of Guadalupe became known to the Bishop. On December 9th, she revealed herself to a peasant and asked that a church in her name be built at that site. The peasant gathered flowers from the site and trekked through the mountains to tell the Bishop about what he saw. When he let down his cloak to reveal the flowers, there was the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe miraculously imprinted on the fabric.
For those who don’t know, Our Lady of Guadalupe (Spanish: Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe and also known as the Virgin of Guadalupe) is the celebrated Roman Catholic icon of the Virgin Mary. Although Catholicism is not the official religion of Mexico, it is said that about 80% of the residents belong to the Catholic church. For this reason, many of the Catholic holidays are also considered national holidays. You will hear an abundant amount of fireworks this time of year, but even more interesting is that you will see people walking and riding bikes to make a pilgrimage to the site of the church.
We have seen people all week on the road with framed icons of the Virgin of Guadalupe and have managed to take a few pictures of the pilgrims on their quest…
Hopefully the fireworks will stop at some point so we could have a decent night’s rest. Until then, we will just enjoy the party. If you’d like to learn more, Wikipedia is always a good resource!
Number of bug bites: 1
Days till Navidad: 13
High temp for today: 72F
Love and stuff,