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Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe

Celebrations for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, by Norm

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The acoustics of a natural amphitheatre are amazing!

The historical Centro Guanajuato is set between several hills, so everything sounds like it is coming from just below our patio. On our first night Shona and I were disappointed that we were too tired to check out the fireworks and parade, only to find out that they would increase nightly up to a fevered pitch on December 12 to celebrate the Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe - Our Lady of Guadalupe. For the next few evenings we would hear drums and bugles start, thinking they were very close by.

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We finally witnessed one of the parades and they actually took place on the opposite side of the valley from our home - despite how close they sounded each previous night. It started with kids dressed up as animals and devils being chased by someone with a whip! The procession included banners and portraits of the famous image housed in Mexico City. The drum and bugle corps were interspersed with all ages playing. There were various groups all playing the same tune, but it seemed that they seldom played them in sync. The beat and music was infectious, driving us up the very steep hill with the parade to its end point, Santuario de La Virgen de Guadalupe. The church bells were ringing madly without pause, scarcely heard beneath the defending noise of the bands. The participants marched right into the church for blessings (including the devils being whipped!).

The City was a hive of activity on December 12. All the kids were dressed in traditional outfits and carried offerings of fruits and vegetables. Everyone moved in a mass up the narrow road to the Santuario for blessings. We felt blessed as well for having witnessed it.

PS: the kids questioned if what we witnessed was technically a parade as there were no bagpipes! Toto, we're not in Fergus anymore!

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Posted by Salsa Sojourns 07:18 Archived in Mexico Tagged guadalupe Comments (0)

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