The Feast of Guadalupe, the celebration of the country's patron saint, is a national holiday in Mexico. Although nearly everyone has heard of Guadalupe, the days that make up her celebration are less known outside of Mexico. The days right before December 12, the actual date of the celebration, are filled prayer and activity as Guadalupe pilgrims rush to reach their destinations. Last year along with most other public celebrations, Guadalupe celebrations were
not permitted and her Mexico City shrine was closed on the holiday. This year, festivities were back and pilgrims flocked to the Mexico City shrine as well as other places dedicated to Guadalupe.
I have written about this fascinating, spiritually intense time in Mexico: