For almost 500 years, Roman Catholics around the world have been celebrating Dec. 12 as the Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe—the day on which the Virgin Mary appeared to Juan Diego in the hills of Tepeyac , Mexico. Although the apparition of the Virgin Mary is said to have been shown to Juan Diego four times, the final time was on December 12, 1531.
The festivities at churches around the country in the U.S. start celebrating ‘La Patrona de Mexico’ on Tuesday, December 11, with some putting on a colorful procession a full half day before midnight on December 12.
The holiday is something many Catholics hold near and dear to their hearts.
Honestly el dia de la virgencita is my favorite day of the year! The mañanitas is lit and beautiful
— nanC (@OOg_Meraz) October 27, 2018
The decorations honoring La Virgen de Guadalupe are as beautiful as the reason for the day of celebration.
If you decided to sleep in this morning and skipped midnight mass, here are some places where you can still attend mass while getting a belly full of tamales:
Los Angeles – Plaza Mexico
With Los Angeles having the largest Mexican-American population in the country, you’ll easily find multiple misas to choose from, extending across East LA down to Lynwood.
If you want to treat your mom to some champurrado because you made her late for midnight mass, make it up by heading to Plaza Mexico in Lynwood where a beautiful large mural of La Virgencita is displayed. There you can place flowers if you can’t make the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. mass.
Los Angeles – Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels
In downtown LA? You can start your day off with a 7 a.m. or 8 a.m. mass if you’re near the Cathedral of our Angels, or if you prefer to wait to go to mass in the evening, Aztec dancers will be performing at 6:30 p.m. with mass honoring the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe at 7 p.m.
Chicago – Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe
When you have a shrine named after La Virgencita, you know you need to make room for hundreds of worshippers on both Dec. 11 and 12.
Pilgrims from around Chicago and the Midwest travel to Des Plaines, Illinois to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe to pray and sing ‘Las Mañanitas’. In addition to midnight mass, pilgrims can pray at masses spaced throughout the day until 7 p.m. at night.
Miami – Our Lady of Guadalupe
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Miami’s Mexican community is small, but mighty—and when it comes to celebrating el Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe, they go big.
From midnight until 7 p.m. on December 12, the church will host multiple masses with live mariachis to sing traditional songs to get the party started for the birthday girl, La Virgencita.
New York – Church of Saint Agnes
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And the Lord said, “Hello. Remember me?” And I said, “Of course! I just don’t remember your AC working this well or you being so strategically & conveniently next-door to the 99 cent pizza place.” 😆 Lord’s face : 😑 long pause, then (S)He points out my shorts are shorter than (S)He remembers. My face : 😑 #(S)HeThinksItFunnyIPromise! #ModernCatholicsInMidtown
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You know your mom, abuela and tia are going to want to head to misa as soon as work ends.
Join them at the Church of Saint Agnes in midtown Manhattan for live mariachi before and after the mass for La Virgen de Guadalupe on Dec. 12. Mass begins at 6 p.m.