On December 12, many Mexicans paid tribute to the Virgin Mary with the holiday Our Lady of Guadalupe, a day when Mexico unites to honor the woman who is often recognized as a symbol of the country, according to Fox News.
“It’s more to give thanks than anything else,” student Diego Medina told Fox News.
Mexicans celebrate the holiday by marching down highways and riding buses to Mexico City, where they feast and celebrate the Virgin Mary, who, many Mexicans feel, reappeared in Mexico during the 16th century, Fox News reported.
But does this matter for Americans, who may not believe the event occurred?
Indeed it does. Thousands recently walked across parts of Palm Springs, California, to celebrate Mary in a mass pilgrimage, according to The Desert Sun.
And the Mexican holiday honoring the Virgin Mary occurs at the same time Americans celebrate the birth of Christ at Christmas, which could not have been possible without Mary.
The Latin Times offers a list of prayers that give thanks to Mary for giving birth to Jesus Christ and surviving all the harrowing days she lived through. For Americans, these prayers can be used on Christmas Day or leading up to it as a way of honoring Christ’s arrival into the world.
This all comes at a time, though, when the name Mary is disappearing from culture. According to Deseret News National’s Jennifer Graham, the name was once very popular in the United States, but fails to crack the top 100 today.
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