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Lecture Explains México’s Love Affair with the Virgen de Guadalupe

Lecture Virgin of Guadalupe

By Emma Salazar

Considered the Empress of America and Mother of Mexicans, Our Lady of Guadalupe is the most venerated sacred figure in México, and every year by December 12, alboradas, fireworks, music, dancers, processions, children in native customs, are seen all around the town.

Virgen de Guadalupe is totally immersed in the life of Mexicans. There isn’t any family without the traditional lupe among them. We pray her to ask for health, jobs, money, or love. We can see her figure in cabs, bus stations, markets, government offices, and hospitals.

In order to get a general perspective of her cult, it is important to trace her veneration from the pre-Columbian times when the Aztecs had a very important temple at El Tepeyac, a hill dedicated to Tonantzin, “Our Mother,” then make a journey into the history of colonial México to discover when the cult to Virgin of Guadalupe spread out all over New Spain and when hundreds of shrines, temples, basilicas, and cathedrals were built for her.

The most famous place in San Miguel de Allende celebrating the Virgen de Guadalupe is in the Mexiquito Church established by José Guadalupe Mojica in the 1970`s. Also, every one of the markets does its own fiesta the same week. The La Aurora factory used to organize a big celebration to her: she was their workers’ patron saint.

Come on December 10 at 3pm at Sala Quetzal for this interesting slideshow and talk by Professor Jesus Rodriguez, a Sanmiguelense researcher who wants to share with you the nature of this particular celebration to a most celebrated religious figure.



“Virgen de Guadalupe”

By Jesús Rodriguez

Mon, Dec 10, 3pm

Sala Quetzal

Reloj 50A

150 pesos


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