On December 12 millions will gather in Mexico City to celebrate La Virgen de Guadalupe. This annual Mexican tradition symbolizes sacrifice, appreciation and miracles. The event is an annual pilgrimage for the Our Lady of Guadalupe Feast Day, where the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in northern Mexico City, serves as the meeting point for millions from all over the world.
The Virgin of Guadalupe is an important symbol in Mexico as well as the country’s patron saint and December 12 is a national holiday. With nearly 90 percent of the population being Catholic, many are devoted to the Virgin Mary and her image is proudly displayed throughout the city – in markets, homes, museums and more. The Virgin of Guadalupe has been a symbol throughout Mexico’s history, including during the battle for the country’s independence as well as the Revolution.