Christmas Posadas Come Alive In San Pancho
Everywhere around the world and on the Riviera Nayarit, people are celebrating this time of the year and in San Pancho, both locals and foreigners are putting the finishing touches on their Christmas “Posadas” and will be being celebrated everywhere in town. San Pancho is known as the cultural center of the Riviera Nayarit.
Celebrating Our Lady of Guadalupe
Our Lady of Guadalupe (Spanish: Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe), also known as the La Guadalupana , La Morenita, Virgin of Guadalupe (Spanish: Virgen de Guadalupe) is celebrated Roman Catholic icon the Virgin Mary. Under this title, she is officially proclaimed by the Roman Catholic church as the Patroness of the Americas and Empress of Laten America and the Protectress of unborn children. Beginning December 16th the 9 days of Posadas begin. According to Catholic faith, this period represents the relationship, or how Joseph and Mary came to have baby Jesus.
The 9 days of the the Virgin of Guadalupe, with cannons firing nightly will end on Monday. San Pancho holds a special mass, as well as fire cannons to call people to the church. The annual town parade starts off the festivities in the morning with women dressing up in costume and people celebrate into the evening.
The celebration of the Virgin of Guadalupe, the Patrona of Mexico, the Queen of the Americas began on December 3rd, and builds up to her special day, December 12, when San Pancho and all Mexico pauses to celebrate the mother of God.
The History of Our Lady Guadeloupe
According to Roman Catholic tradition, on December 9, 1531, Juan Diego, a recently converted Aztec indigenous peasant, had a vision of a young woman while he was on a hill in the Tepeyac desert, near Mexico City. The lady asked him to build a church exactly on the spot where they were standing. He told the local Bishop Juan de Zumarraga, who asked for proof in exchange.
Juan Diego went back later and saw the lady again. He told her that the bishop wanted proof, and she instructed Juan Diego to go to the mountain top, where he found Castillian roses, which were native to Bishop Juan de Zumarraga hometown and could not possibly bloom during wintertime. Juan Diego cut the roses, placed them in his apron-like clothing and returned to the bishop. There was an imprint of the Blessed Virgin Mary that appeared on the apron from the residue of the soil and roses.
Today, the icon is displayed in the nearby Basilica of Guadalupe of Guadalupe, now one of the most visited Catholic shrines in the world. The Virgin of Guadalupe is Mexico’s most popular religious and cultural image, with the titles “Queen of Mexico”, “Empress of the Americas”, and “Patroness of the Americas”.
All photos from parade created by LightStyle Photography.
Have a wonderful Holiday in San Pancho during your Mexico vacation on the beautiful Riviera Nayarit.