Our Lady of Guadalupe is probably Mexico’s most important and most revered saint and her saints day, December 12, is one of Mexico’s most important religious holidays. One of the best ways to learn about other people is through their celebrations, traditions and foods. Taking cultural kitchen tours is a great way to get to know folks. Why not plan a Mexican Menu for dinner on December 12, Our Lady of Guadalupe Day. You will find many excellent Mexican recipes here.
|On this day people from all over Mexico travel to the chapel Tepayac Hill in Mexico City, where the mother of Jesus is said to have appeared before an Indian peasant named Juan Diego back in 1531. Mary told Juan to go to the bishop and ask that a church be built on the hill so she could be close to her people. The bishop, needing proof of this vision, asked Juan to have a miracle performed by Mary. Juan returned to Tepayac Hill and found roses growing where there had only been cacti. Juan wrapped the roses in his tilma (cape) along with a picture of Mary to show the bishop. He was convinced and the chapel was built.
Huge fiestas are held all over Mexico and Central America to honor the day of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Throughout the day, people come to the church to pray. Many of them pin milagros (which means miracles) near the statue of the Virgin of Guadalupe. These small silver or tin objects are shaped like hearts, arms, or legs, and symbolize the giver’s thanks for a cure.