Celebrating La Guadalupana

On December 12th, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (also known as the Virgin of Guadalupe) is celebrated. On this day in La Antigua, parents dress their young children in typical trajes (traditional costumes) to honor the peasant Juan Diego who, in 1531, saw a vision of a young woman – believed by Catholics to be the Virgin Mary – surrounded by light on Tepeyac Hill in Mexico.

If you’re in La Antigua on the date, you’ll most likely see lots of little boys all dressed up in red and white with small straw hats and painted-on mustaches, and girls with ribbons in their hair, colorful skirts, and lots of beaded necklaces. After visiting the altar of the Virgin of Guadalupe in the beautiful La Merced church and taking part in the special mass and a procession, families will probably gather outside the church to enjoy something delicious (usually traditional dishes and sweets) sold at the food stalls located there.

You’ll also see tiny scenes set up in front of the church to be used as sets by photographers. These sets have painted images of the Virgin Mary and props such as marimbas, stuffed animals and comales with tortillas, so that the children can pose in these traditional settings and the parents can get a nice photo that will remind them of the day. One side note: the maximum age for children to participate in the celebration is 12 years old.

If you’d like to see another celebration on that day, the aldea of San Pedro Las Huertas near Ciudad Vieja also celebrates the Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe – albeit a little more modestly – with a small procession through the streets of the village on the afternoon of December 12th.

 

 

 

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