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Escrito por ZihuaRob desde ( el día domingo, 11 de diciembre, 2005 a las 12:18:03 horas :

Peregrinación Guadalupana de Casa Elvira
Músicos con Mama Elvira, su hija Olga y nieta Érica con su bebé
Peregrinación Guadalupana del Restaurante Casa Elvira con Mamá Elvira,
su hija Olga, su nieta Érica con su bebé, y sus amigos incluyendo ¡Memo!

In case anyone who was here from December 1st to the 12th was wondering what all the exploding rockets, parades, and pre-dawn processions of chanting and singing were about, these are part of the annual local celebration of the most important religious observance in Mexico to commemorate the 4 apparitions of the "Mother of the True God" to the Aztec peasant Juan Diego in December of 1531 on the hill called Tepeyac in the Valley of Mexico. All over Mexico pilgramages begin weeks before December 12, most heading to churches within their communities, but also many making their way to the Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe in Mexico City on the spot where she had appeared and instructed Juan Diego to tell Bishop Zumárraga, the Bishop of Mexico at that time, that a temple should be built for her.

The name "Guadalupe" was given to her by the Spaniards when they misunderstood the Aztec words that Juan Diego used in his narration of the instructions he was trying to convey. The Spaniards heard Juan Diego say "te-coa-tla-xope", which in Aztec roughly translates to "she will defeat the stone serpent", a reference to an end to the Aztec worship of the false god Quetzalcoatl, a plumed serpent inspired by a comet that represents one of the oldest gods of the indigenous people in Mexico at that time and that is carved in stone on many pyramids and temples (aka Kukulkan to the Mayans). The Spaniards thought they heard "de Guadalupe" and the name stuck.

What the Spaniards at that time were unaware of was that Tepeyac was already the site of a temple to the ancient Mexican goddess Tonantzin, the "Mother Goddess" or "Mother of all Gods". To this day many indigenous Mexicans still refer to her as Tonantzin.

The night of December 11 is the biggest celebration with the last of the groups of pilgrims arriving, many with adorned images of Guadalupe. People dress in traditional clothing and celebrate around the churches. If you can, try to watch on Mexican TV the night of the 11th the events in the Basílica de Guadalupe where Mexico's most talented singers and musicians render their homage to "la virgincita."

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