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Escrito por ZihuaRob desde 188.8.131.52 (dsl-201-110-144-243-dyn.prod-infinitum.com.mx) el día miércoles, 02 de diciembre, 2009 a las 10:18:22 horas :
On December 12 Mexico and most of the rest of America south of the Río Bravo celebrate our most important and holiest event of the year: the anniversary of the appearance of Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe (aka Coatlicue or Tonantzín: the Aztec goddess Mother of the Earth) to the indigenous man Saint Juan Diego at Tepayac in 1531. She appeared to him 4 times, and during her last appearance told him to carry flowers in his shirt and present them to the bishop along with her request to build a church on the site in Tepeyac. When Saint Juan Diego opened the shirt to present the flowers to the bishop the image of Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe appeared on the cloth, which is preserved to this day and is on display at the Basilica de Guadalupe in Tepeyac in the Distrito Federal.
Although the Catholic church has adopted Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe as a version of the Virgin Mary, to the majority of Mexicans She is neither Catholic nor simply Mary the Mother of Jesus. Nevertheless, She is often referred to affectionately as "La Virgencita".
You can read a translation from Nahuatl (the Aztec language still spoken today) of the original historical account as told by the Aztecs at the following link:
Nican Mopohua (Here Is Told)
If you are here during this time expect to see early morning processions downtown (around 5am) of faithful singing in Her honor. Also, as the 12th draws closer the faithful begin to arrive in pilgrimages from nearby communities, villages, neighborhoods and even businesses bearing an image of Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, often accompanied by musicians and singing and exploding skyrockets. They take their images of Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe to the local church to be blessed.
On the evening of the 11th there will be a large gathering of faithful in the downtown area near the church with dances, traditional foods and people dressed in traditional clothing all celebrating in Her honor. If you have access to Mexican television you should watch the celebration at the Basilica de Guadalupe in Tepeyac as the faithful honor Her with music. At midnight everyone joins together to sing Las Mañanitas to the image of Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe at the Basilica. It is the most powerful spiritual event of the year for the great majority of Mexicans.