The Virgin of Guadalupe is one of the most representative images of our country. It is said that on December 12th of 1531, the Virgin of Guadalupe appeared to Juan Diego during his journey to seek help for his sick uncle. The Patroness of Mexico asked her to climb the hill of Tepeyac, where he would find a white rose, which he would have to present to the bishop in order to build a temple in her honor.
Juan Diego did it and presented himself with Bishop Zumárraga, who noticed the white roses and a blanket with the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe. After this meeting, all Mexicans celebrate this event with great devotion.
Today, December 12th is considered National Holiday; generally, thousands of pilgrims visit La Villa and sing "Las Mañanitas" to the Virgen Morena. The Basilica and the great Atrium of the Americas are filled with Mexicans from all over the Republic; the celebrations begin weeks before, when faithful Catholics begin their pilgrimage to the Basilica.
Two of the most important Masses are the Celebration and Blessing of the Roses at noon on December 12th. If you do not have the opportunity to visit Mexico City, do not worry in every city of Mexico you will find masses and parties in commemoration of the Virgin.
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