VIRGEN DE GUADALUPE

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Today is the day Hispanics celebrate La Virgen de Guadalupe. It is the day of Virgin Mary's sighting, which is associated with December 12.

This day is celebrated throughout The Americas: The amazing, miraculous image of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Day is when the Virgin Mary appeared before Juan Diego in a vision in 1531. The name also refers to the Marian apparition itself. Our Lady of Guadalupe holds a special place in the religious life of Mexico and all Hispanics is one of their most popular religious devotions. Her image has played an important role as a national symbol of The Americas.

According to tradition, Mary appeared to Juan Diego, who was an Aztec convert to Christianity, on December 9 and again on December 12, 1531. She requested that a shrine to her be built on the spot where she appeared, Tepeyac Hill, which is now in a suburb of Mexico City.

The bishop demanded a sign before he would approve construction of a church, however. Mary appeared a second time to Juan Diego and ordered him to collect roses. In a second audience with the bishop, Juan Diego opened his cloak, letting dozens of roses fall to the floor and revealing the image of Mary imprinted on the inside of the cloak—the image that is now venerated in the Basilica of Guadalupe.

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