Guadalupe, Virgin and Queen of San Miguel Public Markets
By Jesús Aguado
In 1531, just ten years after the conquest, the Virgin of Guadalupe appeared as the Queen of Mexico. Now La Guadalupana reigns not just in churches, but in the homes, streets, public plazas and markets of Mexicans.
On the streets of San Miguel it is easy to find Our Lady of Guadalupe in all shapes and materials on the façades, bazaars, altar, and public mercados.
There are four sculptures of the Virgin, distributed along the way, in the Mercado de Guadalupe on Avenida Guadalupe. The festivity there is held on December 12, featuring mojigangas, locos, live music, and folkloric dances.
The mercado de San Juan de Dios has a cantera image, placed in the center of the market. This Virgin has two fronts. Gerardo Cervantes, president of the committee in charge of the celebration, said that the origins of the sculpture are uncertain. He knows that the image has been the property of this market’s vendors for almost 30 years. “There was an old market at the Plaza Cívica that was demolished almost 30 years ago, and some of the vendors were relocated tot the Mercado Ignacio Ramírez,” said Cervantes. “Vendors from the Ignacio Ramírez’ fought for the rights to have the image, but instead she remained for fifteen years on the corner of Pepe Llanos and Insurgentes until she was placed at Mercado San Juan de Dios.” The celebrations in this market will be held on Sunday, December 14, and will include wrestlers and a pedestrian race.
The Mercado Ignacio Ramírez has a pilgrim Virgin, which remains one week in each vendor’s place, and when she grants a miracle, the vendors attach a photo on the back of the glass case. They also have a painting, which remains on the altar for the entire year. The fiesta to honor the virgin will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday, December 16 and 17, and will feature processions, live mariachi music, folkloric dances, and more. Check the program of the three markets in Qué Pasa.