Shrine in Tamaulipas, Mexico, by Ilhuicamina on Flickr.
This year marks the 477th anniversary of the appearances of Nuestra Dulce Señora Santa María de Guadalupe del Tepeyac, Reina de México y Emperatriz de las Américas. December 12, her feast day, is also the day I was born. Actual birthday conversation from many years ago:
Student: "Hey, today's my mom's birthday, too."
Teacher: "And it's one of the most important religious holidays in Latin America."
Student: "Wow, I didn't know they even knew my mom!"
No trip north for me this year. I'm staying close to home and keeping a special eye on my oldest dog. Rain and snow expected this weekend and the week to come, yay.
Two more photos of La Morenita:
Catedral de Autlan de Navarro, Jalisco, Mexico. Photograph by M@beLita, on Flickr.
Photographer Infinitas Gracias writes: "I took this picture in Patzcuaro, Mexico a few years ago. The great Virgin of Guadalupe is watching this dozy dog like she watches all her children." Another Flickr photo.