She can appear in the most unexpected places. Hovering above doorways like your guardian angel. Slapped on a crate ready for shipping. Sewn on a jacket, perhaps over the heart. But most commonly you run into her on the street. Her name is Guadalupe and she is the Queen of Mexico: Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe.
She will be 485 years old on December 12, 2016. And largely responsible for the indigenous Mexicans finally accepting the Catholicism that the Spanish foisted on them. When the apparition of a Mexican Virgin Mary appeared to the peasant Juan Deigo on a hill outside Mexico City in December of 1531, it changed everything. And a staggering number of miracles, interventions and cures are attributed to her as 10 million people visit her Basilica (on that same hill) every year. Hers is the most visited Catholic Church in the world, next to the Vatican. Quite the lady.
We found her on the streets. Everywhere we looked. Then, on merchandise – from ball caps to candles. She’s beautiful, and she belongs to the people. To begin a Guadalupe slideshow, click on first photo, then on the right arrows.
Happy Birthday, Lupe. Long may you reign.