On December 12th, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe is celebrated. On this day in La Antigua, parents dress their young children in typical trajes to honor the peasant Juan Diego who saw a vision of a young woman, believed to be the Virgin Mary, surrounded by light on the Hill of Tepeyac in Mexico in 1531. You’ll see lots of little boys all dressed up in red and white with small straw hats and painted-on moustaches, and girls with ribbons in their hair, colorful skirts, and lots of beaded necklaces. After visiting the altar of the Virgin of Guadalupe in La Iglesia de La Merced, families gather outside the church. There are food stands selling typical dishes and sweets, lots of children running and playing, and of course firecrackers throughout the celebration.