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People Across The Internet Are Sharing Their Celebrations For La Virgen De Guadalupe

On December 12th, many families and communities come together to celebrate the patron saint of Mexico: La Virgen de Guadalupe (Our Lady of Guadalupe).

La Virgen de Guadalupe is said to have appeared to an indigenous man named Juan Diego (the man you see in images at the feet of La Virgen de Guadalupe). She asked him to have a church built in her name in the exact location where she stood: Tepeyac Hill. However, when Juan Diego spoke to his bishop about the apparition, the bishop did not believe him. It was then on December 12th that La Virgen appeared to Juan Diego again and told him to collect roses and carry them in his cloak. When Juan Diego took these roses to the bishop, an image of La Virgen de Guadalupe appeared on his garment. La Virgen de Guadalupe then became one of Mexico’s most celebrated religious and cultural symbols.

La Virgen de Guadalupe is celebrated every year on December 12th as a symbol of hope and faith in the Catholic religion.

If there’s one thing that indicates it’s El Día de La Virgen de Guadalupe, it’s the time you wake up in the morning.

While some people wake up very early on the morning of December 12th to celebrate La Virgen de Guadalupe, others begin celebrating the night before.

Since it’s tradition to sing “Las Mañanitas” to La Virgen in honor of her birthday, mariachi musicians prepare to perform late at night on December 11th or early in the morning on December 12th.

This celebration is a very busy time for all Mariachi groups.

In addition to music, La Virgen de Guadalupe is also celebrated with large altars that are decorated with dozens of roses.

Some flower shops even change their hours of operation for the day of this celebration.

Some of these altars are carried throughout the streets of different pueblos, as people walk, pray, and sing in her honor. Here is one from Oaxaca, Mexico:

A common chant you hear at these celebratory parades is “¡Que viva La Virgen de Guadalupe!”

In Mexico City, millions of people make pilgrimages to the Basílica de Santa María de Guadalupe, approaching the church on their knees.

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Although churches get overwhelmingly packed inside and out on this day…

In some churches, it gets so packed that there aren’t enough seats for everyone, which is why you see many people standing.

…the perks of live music and fresh pan dulce make waking up at 5am totally worth it.

This is what I loved about it as a kid.

The tradition of this celebration  continues to bring families and communities together every year.

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Even those who are no longer involved with the Catholic religion, are showing their appreciation for this patron saint.


Do you celebrate el día de La Virgen de Guadalupe? Tell us about your traditions in the comments below. 


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Man Has Bad Bunny Themed Birthday Party To Celebrate Special Day In Quarantine

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Man Has Bad Bunny Themed Birthday Party To Celebrate Special Day In Quarantine

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Birthdays are an exciting time no matter how old you might be. You can do and have anything you want, within reason of course. That means you can even choose to be completely alone. Or, like one smart young man, you can decide to have a birthday party dedicated to your favorite artist.

Twitter user @Mr_Octopus7 celebrated his 22nd birthday in style.

The young man turned 22 years old with the help of his family and Bad Bunny. The man, who geotagged Vega Baja Beach, Puerto Rico in his post, is likely giving a fellow Puerto Rican the love and respect he rightfully deserves. The special birthday tribute is more fitting considering the work he has done to fight for the people of Puerto Rico.

Of course, there was a big and wonderful Bad Bunny cake for the special occasion.

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We have so many questions about this cake. What was the flavor? What color was it inside? Was it inspired by anything Bad Bunny has done? We need answers. The cake is the most important part of any birthday party and this one was surrounded by Bad Bunny photos. Clearly, this man’s family knows how to throw the perfect quarantine birthday party.

Don’t worry. Entertainment of epic proportions was provided.

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Technology is one of the greatest inventions of mankind. Not only are we able to know about this man’s special Bad Bunny birthday party, but he was able to get all of the entertainment in one place. The laptop speaker was bumping with Bad Bunny jams while the family enjoyed the special birthday celebration.

There looks like there was a costume requirement that, luckily, everyone honored.

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His mom was wearing some yellow glasses and his brother had to join in on the fun. Those glasses, while not unique, have become part of Bad Bunny’s signature style. The small glass lens is something we have seen the Puerto Rican trap star wear time and time again in different colors. Honestly, every man you know secretly wants a pair of these glasses so if you want to cheer anyone up, you know what to do.

The brothers matching in their Bad Bunny-themed outfit is just too adorable.

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This is something your parents will never let you outgrow. No matter how old you and your siblings are, mom will always make you match on special days. It seems like this cuarentena birthday party is no different. It just makes the whole birthday celebration seem more relatable because we have all been wearing the exact same outfit as our younger siblings many times.

People on social media felt the authenticity of the Vega Baja Beach experience.

@Mr_Octopus7 was not shy about admitting how much he loves where he lives. The beach town is 40 minutes east of San Juan on the northern shore of the island. Around 60,000 people call the northern beach city home and one man is really head over heels for it.

“I love this town and its people so much,” @Mr_Octopus7 tweeted. “Truly a blessing.”

And, back to the cake, we aren’t sure of the flavor, but the birthday boy did say it was good. At lease the bunny face was.

“It was good,” @Mr_Octopus7 tweeted. “I ate the little bunny.”

Happy birthday, @Mr_Octopus7! How are you all celebrating your quarantine birthdays? We want to see them. Tag us in all of your quarantine birthday celebrations so we can see how you all are making the best out of our current situation.

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If You Are In Latin America For The Holidays, Here Are The Best Places To Celebrate New Year’s

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If You Are In Latin America For The Holidays, Here Are The Best Places To Celebrate New Year’s

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If you’ve ever celebrated New Year’s Eve, you know that it can get pretty loco, no matter where you are in the world! But while the U.S. is all champagne, loud dance music, twinkly lights, and wild parties, Latin America’s New Year’s looks different. In many different ways! Depending on where you are, you might be stuffing lentils in your pockets, wearing color-coded underwear, or burning elaborate dolls that resemble celebrities and wicked politicians. Latin America is a beautifully diverse region of the globe, and each country offers its own characteristic approach to ringing in the next solar cycle. To help narrow things down a little, we’ve gathered some of the most unique traditions that prove Latin America is a stellar place to celebrate El Año Nuevo.

All Over Mexico

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Like many Spanish-speaking countries, New Year’s Eve in Mexico usually starts out with a family dinner. People gather with their closest peeps to eat a traditional meal with mole, tamales, bacalao, or lentils (depending on where they are—each region is pretty distinct, and Mexico is a huge country!). Once they’re good and fed, folks enjoy each other’s company until the clock strikes midnight—but at this pivotal moment, you better have your 12 lucky grapes on hand! Once they’ve made their 12 wishes, Mexicans step out into the night, mingling among outdoor fiestas in all the major plazas. Fireworks illuminate the dark sky for hours and hours. It’s a super vibrant setting to indulge in some of life’s greatest pleasures: friends, family, food, and drink!

Panama City, Panama

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With gorgeous beaches, endless fireworks, and temperate tropical temperatures, Panama City is the ideal New Year’s destination (especially if you’re escaping frigid weather farther north!). The people of Panama sure know how to party—whether on the sandy shores of those gorgeous beaches, in vibrant clubs, discotheques, bars, or even on the street, there is sure to be a raging fiesta everywhere you turn.  In Panama, people create life-sized out of old clothes, which are meant to represent the past year. At midnight, the makers of these dolls burn them in a symbolic display of the whole “out with the old, in with the new” idea. Often, folks get really creative with their muñecos, crafting effigies that resemble political figures or celebrities. Talk about a fun, fiery way to say farewell to all of last year’s worst moments!

All Over Ecuador

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In Ecuador, people also know how to throw a good party. Ecuadorians also burn effigies that resemble Panama’s muñecos, but here a “muñeco” is known as an “año viejo.” But the mythology of the año viejo is a little more complex in Ecuador: along with the año viejos come las viudas, dudes who dress in drag and pretend to be the burned dolls’ widowed wives. These men—decked out in tight minifaldas, pantyhose, low-cut tops, and wigs—mill through the streets, asking for money to help support their now-fatherless families. It’s humorous, theatrical, and colorful: the perfect recipe for an entertaining eve!

Valparaíso, Chile

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No matter where you are in the world, New Years isn’t New Years without fireworks—and the city of Valparaíso, Chile, has the largest, most grandiose New Years fireworks display in all of South America! (Back in 2007, this display won the Guinness World Records for setting off 16,000 fireworks.) If you’re a fan of serious skybound sparkles, this seaside city will absolutely dazzle you. Plus, it’s super accessible if you’re staying in the capital city of Santiago, which is also famous for its lively New Years fiesta culture.

Cuzco, Peru

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Peru is known around the world for its impeccable approach to cuisine, and if you consider yourself a foodie of any sort, Cuzco is the place to be. Replete with restaurants overlooking the Plaza de Armas, it’s a beautiful setting in which to indulge all the delicacies the country has to offer—while still engaging with local traditions. As thousands of locals (and, inevitably, tourists) all gather in the Plaza, waiting for the impressive midnight fireworks display, you can enjoy a wide array of traditional and contemporary Peruvian dishes, ringing in the New Year with a delicious, nourishing meal.

Montevideo, Uruguay

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On the afternoon New Year’s Eve, people in Montevideo gather in the Mercado del Puerto to celebrate in a really effervescent way—by literally pouring bottles of cider all over each other. And at the end of the workday, employees shred their calendar from the last year, tossing them out the windows like confetti. With drumlines, dancing, and generally high energy, the New Year’s celebrations begin early, ultimately culminating in lots of fireworks, bustling parties, and incredible dinners. Uruguayans normally eat lamb, lechon, or salmon on New Year’s, and you’re bound to find yourself an excellent feast in one of the many fine restaurants throughout the capital city.

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