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November 26, 2015

The Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Puerto Vallarta

The traditional pilgrimages in honor of our Lady of Guadalupe occur each year in Puerto Vallarta during the first 12 days of December. Faithful believers make their way through the city streets, singing and dancing in praise of the virgin. Many will wear traditional woven clothes to honor the indigenous heritage of Juan Diego, who was the acclaimed catholic saint, to whom the virgin first manifested on the hill of Tepeyac (near Mexico City) back in December 1531. The Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in México City displays the virgin’s original image, and it is the most visited Marian shrine in the world.

Every evening, the processions take place and make their way down to Puerto Vallarta’s most iconic landmark, The Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe (in front of Plaza de Las Armas). If you plan on being part of this tradition, make sure you have some free space in your stomach, for there will be many street vendors offering typical Mexican snacks. Among the favorites are, Tamales, Churros, Atole,  Esquites, Enchiladas, Tacos, and much more!

The largest procession is on December 11th at midnight. Participants end the festival with mass and by singing the traditional mañanitas (Mexican birthday song) to the Virgin inside the main church.

Category: Travel