Wednesday, December 14, 2011

La Fiesta de la Virgen de Guadaloupe

At midnight December 11, the bells at the local Templo in Comala began to ring crazily and the sound of firecrackers (cuetes) which had been popping all day became almost continuous. The church was so full that loudspeakers blasted the mass into the jardin. The celebration lasted all night, for many only concluding with the 5 o'clock morning mass.

I stayed at home and watched the celebrations in Tepeyac. This year about 5 million pilgrims congregated at the New Basilica in Tepeyac which is located just outside Mexico City, On television, the millions of pilgrims at the shrine of La Guadalupena began to sing Les MaƱanitas

New Basilica in Tepeyac

Las MaƱanitas Lyrics: I provide the traditional words in Spanish and English at the end of this post in case you happen to want to know what is being sung more or less The actual words are slightly different as is quite traditional.

Throughout Mexico people crowded the churches to sing, pray and generally celebrate this festival, the most important in their year as far as I can tell. Certainly Easter is more solemn; but since December 12, 1536 when Santa Maria Virgen through her spokesman Juan Diego performed her miracle of the roses and imprinting her image on Juan Diego's cloak (tilpa), the fiesta of the Virgen has become the most celebrated holy event in Mexico.