Virgin Mary's Day of Guadeloupe in Mexico (12/12)

On December 12, pilgrims from all over Mexico gather at the gates of the religious center of the country - the Basilica of the Virgin of Guadalupe, located in the northern part of the capital Mexico City. People pray to the Virgin of Guadalupe (which the Mexicans respectfully call "Our Lady of Guadalupe" - "Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe"). After the Mass, the festivities begin. How without them? Mexicans are one of the most avid fiesto-lovers in the world...

This day has been considered a national holiday since 1859. The holiday symbolizes the strengthening of the Catholic faith in the lands of Mexico. The faith was brought by the Spaniards, who at first tried to impose by force the idea of a single god alien to the Indians. The struggle of religions continued until the Virgin of Guadalupe appeared to one of the Indians - Juan Diego. Since that day, the religious history of Mexico has changed.

On December 12, 1531, a young Indian, Juan Diego, was on his way to Tepeyac Hill, when suddenly a bright light lit up the sky above him, and the Virgin Mary appeared before him. He later described her as "a young girl with black hair and dark skin who looked more like an Indian than a white girl." She ordered him to go to the priest and ask him to build a church on Tepeyac Hill ... But the priest did not believe the words of the Indian and did not fulfill his requests.