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December 12, 2011  •  Leave a Comment

Hey Hey guys!

A few weeks ago I was asked by a priest at St. Hedwig’s if I could photograph the events that would happen on the feast day of the Virgin of Guadalupe. The Virgin of Guadalupe is a celebrated Roman Catholic icon of the Virgin Mary. According to Roman Catholic tradition, on December 9, 1531, Juan Diego, a recently converted Aztec indigenous peasant, had a vision of a young woman while he was on a hill in the Tepeyac desert, near Mexico City. The lady asked him to build a church exactly on the spot where they were standing. He told the local Bishop Juan de Zumarraga, who asked for proof in exchange.

Juan Diego went back later and saw the lady again. He told her that the bishop wanted proof, and she instructed Juan Diego to go to the mountain top, where he found Castillian roses, which were native to Bishop Juan de Zumarraga’s hometown and could not possibly bloom during wintertime. Juan Diego cut the roses, placed them in his apron-like tilma and returned to the bishop; an imprint of the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared on the tilma from the residue of the soil and roses.

Today, the icon is displayed in the nearby Basilica of Guadalupe, now one of the most visited Catholic shrines in the world. The Virgin of Guadalupe is Mexico’s most popular religious and cultural image, with the titles “Queen of Mexico”, “Empress of the Americas”, and “Patroness of the Americas”.Both Miguel Hidalgo (in the Mexican War of Independence) and Emiliano Zapata (during the Mexican Revolution) carried flags bearing the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and Guadalupe Victoria, the first Mexican president, changed his name in honor of the icon. So in other words… Dec. 12th is kind of a big deal for many Latino’s.

 

Here are some of the images I took that day:

 

Dancers performed a traditional dance for the Virgen of Guadalupe

 

There was also a mariachi there singing traditional songs

 

 

Well, till next time!

 

Keep it classy, kids


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