For the past several evenings the fire works begin about 5 o’ clock, not so much the pretty kind just the loud booming ones. This goes on for a couple of hours for several evening in a row. So along with the noise I discover there are lovely processionals were groups bring their shrine of “Our Lady of Guadalupe” to the Church to be blessed. The shrines arrive on floats, some motorized some hand carried, decorated with flowers and balloons accompanied by the folks that belong to that organization, business or family. Many participants are dressed in beautiful embroidered, traditional clothing. They carry candles and sing in unison as they march through the streets to the church. It’s really quite beautiful.
This has been going on for several days and will culminate tonight around midnight or so I’ve been told, as tomorrow is the the Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe which originates back in the 16th century when the Virgin Mary appeared to Juan Diego and asked that a shrine be built in her honor. I grew up in the Catholic religion, but we never had any beautiful, interesting processionals, I love the colorful processionals, the floats and the candle lit singing, but I could sure do with out the loud explosions. But the Mexican
people love color and noise. Signing off KO