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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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His Parents Gave Him A Dream Come True With His Very Own Costco Birthday Party And We Have Serious FOMO

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His Parents Gave Him A Dream Come True With His Very Own Costco Birthday Party And We Have Serious FOMO

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We all know the wonders of Costco. Everything you might ever need is available in mass. Who doesn’t love buying three gallons of salsa and pounds of tortilla chips? Well, one little boy named Armando took it to the next level by hosting a birthday party at the Costco in Norwalk, California. The Costco location closed its food court to host the little man’s special birthday. This is one of the greatest things you will see on the internet today and you’re welcome.

Armando knew that his fourth birthday could only take place at one place: Costco.

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Like, OMG! How did we not get invited to this party? So many people have memories of wandering around Costco with mami y papi for hours. Obviously, the best part of the trips was always free samples everywhere.

Of course, he had his own Costco employee outfit because, duh.

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Legit, this is the greatest Halloween costume in case you need some inspo. Everyone will recognize you and Costco fans will love it. If you have any costume contests coming up, give this a try.

Every party guest got a very special name tag.

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It is important to pay attention to details and this family spared no expense when it came to celebrating their little man’s special day.

The party included some fun and challenging activities, like guessing the price of items in Costco.

A true test of knowledge and appreciation. Who thinks they would be able to win this game? Costco is one of the greatest establishments for Latino families. We know we all have big families and Costco has been a lifesaver for us.

Of course, there was a piñata.

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Broke my custom @costco piñata 🙌🏼

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That’s right. They bought Armando a custom Costco piñata and we are all screaming. What a treasure for this boy. And, tbh, this family seems a lot nicer about letting him hit the piñata than ours were.

Just look at how happy all of the party guests are celebrating at Costco.

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Looks like the conga line is still a thing, folks. No matter how long it’s been since we had a birthday party like this, the conga line will never die.

Now, Armando is not a fair-weather Costco fan.

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His Instagram account is named after his love for the chain store. He clearly likes to spend time at his local Costco and his love for the store is something we can all relate to.

Like, he would clearly make it home if he could.

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Literally, same. There is nothing you can’t find at Costco and this little one is already years ahead of his peers with his appreciation of the bulk store.

Happy birthday, Armando!

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This is one birthday party everyone should be talking about.

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Her Parents Threw Her A J Balvin Themed Birthday Party But The Presents Are The True Winner Here

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Her Parents Threw Her A J Balvin Themed Birthday Party But The Presents Are The True Winner Here

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Sammie is arguably J Balvin’s biggest fan. To prove it, she hosted her sixth birthday party and it was all J Balvin themed. From the cake to the décor, it was all about the Colombian singer and, honestly, it was so adorable.

J Balvin is currently on his Arcoiris tour and all of his fans should honor him as 6-year-old Sammie did for her birthday party.

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Arcoiris, for those of you who don’t know, is Spanish for rainbow, hence all of the colors. Little Sammie leaned into the theme and offered all of her guests a taste of the rainbow to celebrate J Balvin as he deserves.

Just look at these homemade centerpieces.

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There’s nothing a Latino family likes more than to offer guests beautiful and homemade centerpieces. These did not disappoint. Look at how happy J Balvin is just to be included in his fan’s special day.

It’s obvious that she is excited just to be able to showcase her favorite artist.

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Like, obviously, you can’t keep her from having a J Balvin party if she already owns a shirt with his face on it! Who else wishes their parents had thrown them a birthday party themed after their favorite singer?

But the best part was when she got to open her gift from mom and dad.

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She is quickly distracted by the shirt and almost forget the very special ticket inside. Clearly, the neon face on a black shirt is hard to miss. Her face when she realizes that they also included a ticket to the J Balvin concert is all of us. She is on the verge of tears as she thanks her mom and dad and, girl, same.

Here’s a better look at the gifts Sammie’s parents provided.

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We know full-grown adults that would cry at the chance to see J Balvin in concert. This little girl had her dream come true thanks to some loving parents who know just what their baby girl wants. This is how you succeed at parenting.

Happy Birthday, Sammie.

Way to go, mom and dad. Now, if only J Balvin could see this post and give Sammie an extra special experience for her birthday concert.

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