Dignified young Mexican girl dressed as Guadalupe in a velvet dress with beautiful colored embroidery, accompanied by her parents, walks to Our Lady of Guadalupe church in Oaxaca de Juarez, Mexico on 12 December 2012 to be blessed by the priest. It is traditional to dress little girls as Guadalupe when they are taken to church on this day of celebration. The Virgin of Guadalupe is the patron Saint of all Mexico.
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Dimensions:2912 x 4368 px | 24.7 x 37 cm | 9.7 x 14.6 inches | 300dpi
Date taken:12 December 2012
Location:Llano park, Oaxaca de Juarez, Oaxaca State, Mexico
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Feast of the Virgin of Guadalupe In mid-December, Mexicans celebrate the "day" of their national patron saint: the Virgin of Guadalupe. It is one of the most important days of the year. In Oaxaca, Guadalupe's church is located at one end of Parque El Llano (the flat park), one of the city's major open spaces. Into this space, starting early in the morning, come thousands of children. Accompanied by their mothers, aunts or grandmothers (and, occasionally, their fathers), they line up and file through Guadalupe's church to receive the blessing of the priests who serve her. Many are so young they have to be carried. Legend has it that Guadalupe appeared to an indigenous laborer named Juan Diego, in the 16th century, telling him to inform the people that she was henceforth the protector of Mexico. To commemorate Juan Diego, all the boys are dressed as peasants, in simple white cotton trousers and blouses, with straw sombreros, huaraches and neckerchiefs. They have thin black mustaches painted on their upper lips and sideburns drawn on their smooth cheeks. The girls wear embroidered dresses, with rouge spots on their cheeks and lipstick; earrings dangle from their tiny pierced earlobes.