Mark your calendars. December 12 is El Día De La Virgen De Guadalupe and you know your mom is going to ask si fuiste a misa to wish La Virgen a Happy Birthday. Here are just a few examples of how you can join in on the celebration and keep mom happy.
It usually begins with mass at 5 a.m.
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Yes it’s super early, but it’s so worth it. Mass usually includes a serenata from live mariachi singing “Las Mañanitas.”
After mass, comienza el baile with Aztec dancers.
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Most only get to see this once a year.
What birthday girl doesn’t get flowers? La Virgen’s altars get decked out with a ton of beautiful flowers.
— Diario La Verdad (@laverdadweb) December 12, 2015
El Día De La Virgen De Guadalupe is a special day celebrated every year on December 12 honor, well, La Virgen De Guadalupe.
And although she doesn’t get a cake, she still gets velitas.
— Hijole q´ Tacos (@hijoleqtacos) December 12, 2015
Velitas and veladoras.
Thousands gather for the festivities.
— InfoBAN Noticias (@Infobannoticias) December 14, 2015
They bring pictures, wear medallas and any Virgen gear they can find.
And December 12 usually lends itself to a parade.
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Who doesn’t love a parade, huh? No one.
The mariachi doesn’t stop playing until the day’s over.
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Because is it really a celebration without a mariachi?
The Basilica in Mexico City, especially, goes all out.
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That is her home after all. ?
But other countries also celebrate with full Virgen floats.
Guatemaltecos conmemoraron Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe, con solemne procesión que recorrió el centro de la ciudad pic.twitter.com/6xaT8MbmDF
— Notimex (@Notimex) December 13, 2015
Just a little bit of crafty moss goes a long, long way.
Ceremonies usually end with a fully interactive and nativity scene-themed La Virgen altar.
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How many remember playing a part in the play? ??
Even the youngins get in on the festivities.
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