Our Lady Guadalupe
Day of Our Lady Guadalupe
Guadalupe day, December 12, is Mexicoís most important religious holiday. 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 giverís thanks for a cure.
To celebrate this holiday, second graders made the traditional items that would be a part of the fiesta. The children enjoyed corn cakes and candy sticks as well as the paper roses and milagros that they made for their fiesta. Each child decorated a Mexican boy or girl in typical costume and watched a video reenacting Juan and his vision.
Friday October 29, 1999 10:15 PM