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The history and customs of Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Posted at 6:34 AM, Dec 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-11 11:41:05-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — On Dec. 12, Latino communities across the country will celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe.

This tradition has been in Mexican culture for almost 500 years.

Our Lady of Guadalupe is one of the most famous apparitions in history.

The story begins in 1531 when the mother of God appeared to a peasant named Juan Diego.

Diego told his Bishop, but he did not believe him.

On the morning of Dec. 12, 1531, Diego was directed by the Lady to gather flowers at the top of the hill, which was odd because the flowers were not in season.

Once the flowers were in place, Diego told the Bishop who saw an image of the Virgin Mary in the cloak, which is known as Our Lady of Guadalupe.

The cloak has remained in good condition for almost 500 years despite exposure to hazardous materials and terrorists attacks.

For many in Latino communities this holiday is about faith, family and love.

Several church services will also be held in her honor on Saturday.

Father Alzate of St. Christopher Catholic Church in North Las Vegas said "The Lady of Guadalupe is the mother, teacher and guide for human kind."