When I first moved to Guayabitos in 2007, one of the things I noticed shortly after settling in, were the loud booms that seemed to go off at all hours of the day and night during the first week or so of December. I finally learned that the local churches set off loud firecrackers during times of celebration. For example, the holiday honouring Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe (Our Lady of Guadalupe) the patron saint of Mexico is on December 12th, but it is celebrated during the 12 days proceeding this date. That’s a lot of firecrackers!
Locally, there will be special masses on December 11 at both churches in La Peñita and Rincón de Guayabitos.
For more information about this iconic holiday, read the article below by Paco Ojeda at Virtual Vallarta…
Peregrinaciones are considered a time-honored tradition by religious folk; a unique cultural and photographic opportunity by many a tourists, and a commuting nightmare for anybody attempting to drive through Puerto Vallarta’s El Centro neighborhood during the first 12 days of December. Regardless of where you stand, literally, the annual pilgrimages in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the celebrated Roman Catholic icon of the Virgin Mary, are right around the corner. This is a very important religious celebration in Mexico, so those of us that live here year-around, learn to cheerfully adapt our rhythms and schedules as needed during these days. Here are a few, basics facts to keep in mind:
What They Are
A peregrinación or pilgrimage is a journey of moral or spiritual significance to a shrine of importance to a person’s faith. In Mexico, peregrinaciones usually take place during Semana Santa, or Holy Week, and also in the 12 days that precede December 12, the day in which Mexico honors Our Lady of Guadalupe.
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