Monday, December 11, 2006

Virgin of Guadalupe Parade Melaque, Mexico

Virgin of Guadalupe Parade is Mexico’s most colorful nationwide annual festival, the celebration of the appearance of the Virgin of Guadalupe, begins on December 1 and this year promises to be particularly significant as the four hundred and seventy fifth anniversary of the event. The final event is on the 12th

They've had day time parades every day and last night they sang in the dark somewhat like Christmas caroling

The Virgin of Guadalupe is Mexico's patron saint. Each year in this town, as in the rest of Mexico, major celebrations and peregrinaciones (pilgrimages) begin on December 1st to culminate with the most spectacular fireworks display on the 12th, the Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The traditions surrounding the Virgin of Guadalupe began in the year 1531, on a Saturday before dawn, when a 57-year old Aztec Indian who had recently converted to Christianity and been baptized Juan Diego, was getting ready to go to church and do some errands. Juan came to a hill called Tepeyac, near what would become the heart of Mexico City. He heard beautiful birds singing. Next, he heard a voice from the mount calling his name. He saw a beautiful brown-skinned lady in an aura of blazing light, and she revealed to him that she was Holy Mary, the told him that She wanted him to tell the Bishop to erect a shrine in her name in the specific spot where She stood.

Possibly the Virgin

The costumes are of the Indios of original era

Another group

A young one

The main group

There they go

While the devil circles working his magic


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