Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe is recognized as a symbol of all Catholic Mexicans.
Cultural symbol of Mexican identity, the Virgin of Guadalupe, is able to unite an entire large nation as Mexico.
The origin of the importance of the Virgen de Guadalupe can be traced back to the religious beliefs and ceremonies that animated the daily lives of pre-Hispanic people from birth to death.
The devotion to the Virgin of Guadalupe is a syncretic manifestation of Catholic and Aztec beliefs.
This is strongly felt, especially during the festivities in December, when indians, mestizos, and criollos find themselves together in celebration.
The shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe is the most visited Catholic pilgrimage destination in the world.
Mexicans join together for the festivities of La Virgen de Guadalupe, Our Lady of Guadalupe, on December 12. On this date, thousands of the faithful to Our Lady of Guadalupe, from all over the country make the most important pilgrimage of all those undertaken during the year to the Basílica of Guadalupe, in Mexico City, where the miraculous image of la Virgen Morena is kept.
This is one of the most important dates in the Mexican calendar.
By nighttime, the atrium of the Basilica of Guadalupe is filled with pilgrims. People of all ages and of all regions of the country gather together, physically as well as spiritually.
There are many groups of dancers and musicians that have come to offer their art to the Virgin. Here the pre-Hispanic rituals and Catholic ceremonies are mixed.
And the Mexico nation presents together its homage to the Virgin.
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