“Who is Virgin Guadalupe?” I asked my partner.
Ok so I am not an enthusiast on world cultures neither religion, however I am an open person who is fascinated learning about them. SO, here’s one for you all, Día de la virgin Guadalupe!
“Día WHAT!????” You may ask.
According to tradition, Día de la Virgin Guadalupe is when Virgin Guadalupe appeared to a young man by the name of Juan Diego in 1531. She asked that a shrine be built in her name in the spot where she appeared, Tepeyac Hill in Mexico. Diego went on to tell the bishop about the request, the bishop did not believe him and demanded some type of sign to show proof. WELL, on the 12 of December Virgin Guadalupe reappeared to him and told him to collect roses and put it in his cloak. As Diego did, he went to the bishop and opened his cloak, which fell a dozens of roses and on the inside of his cloak revealed an image of Virgin Guadalupe. The cloak with the image of is on display in Basilica de Guadalupe in Mexico.
This leads me to my experience!
On December 11, 2016 Yuba City, CA closed down several blocks of the town in respect of the Hispanic holiday. It started with crowds of people on every street corner awaiting for the sound of music to pass them by. Sooner than I realized, a giant crowd was walking in the middle of the road. Men and Women dressed in traditional heritage clothing, some were walking barefoot through the street, Mariachi bands singing a playing music throughout the walk, and lastly, people holding up images and statues of the Virgin of Guadalupe. The best experience of all, was joining the walk myself. Even though I wasn’t fully aware of the story, I was able to feel the strength and excitement exerting throughout the crowd. Being the person on the inside looking out, I saw families that are non-hispanic decent sitting outside with their family on lawn chairs watching the parade go by with smiles on their face. Also, not to mention a few joining the parade themselves. The thrill that went through me at that moment was beyond what I can describe. This community showed me that it doesn’t matter where you come from or what culture you are from, there will always be room for you.
Thanks, Yuba City for a great cultural experience! Below are a few photos I captured to share with you all! Enjoy, I know I did.