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Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe in Mexico

Quick Facts

One of the most celebrated days in the Mexican calendar is the Day of Our Lady Guadalupe, which commemorates the belief that Jesus’ mother appeared in Mexico in 1531.

Local names

NameLanguage
Day of the Virgin of GuadalupeEnglish
Día de la Virgen de GuadalupeSpanish
Tag der Jungfrau von GuadalupeGerman

Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe 2014

Friday, December 12, 2014

Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe 2015

Saturday, December 12, 2015
List of dates for other years

The Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe (Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe) is a popular Catholic feast that celebrates the belief that a man encountered the Virgin Mary, Mexico’s patron saint, in Mexico City on December 9 and 12, 1531.

Old and new basilicas where Mary is said to have appeared in Mexico City.

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Celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe Day

Public celebrations, or fiestas, are held in honor of Mary, the Virgin of Guadalupe, on December 12. Catholics from across Mexico and other countries pay pilgrimage to see an image of Mary (Virgen Morena), believed to be authentic, in the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City. Children are dressed in traditional costumes and are blessed in churches. Thousands of people come to church to pray.

Public life

Our Lady of Guadalupe Day is not a federal public holiday Mexico, but it is a religious festival, so many streets, roads, and transport providers are busy on December 12. It is an optional holiday for some workers and a holiday for banks. People intending on travelling via public transport in Mexico should check with public transit authorities on any timetable or route changes.

About Our Lady of Guadalupe Day

It is believed that a man named Juan Diego encountered the Virgin Mary twice in Mexico City, on December 9 and December 12 in 1531. According to legend, Mary told Juan to ask the bishop to build a church on Tepeyac Hill. However, the bishop needed proof of Juan’s encounter and asked for a miracle. Juan returned to the hill to see roses in a spot where there were previously cacti. When Juan Diego returned, he showed the roses to the archbishop and also revealed an image on his cloak of the Lady of Guadalupe. The bishop was convinced of the miracle and built a church in honor of the event.

Did you know?

According to the story of the Lady of Guadalupe, Mary spoke in the Nahuatl language when she appeared to Diego. It is said that millions of indigenous people in Mexico were converted to Catholicism as a result of her appearance and miracle.

Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday type
WedDec 121990Day of the Virgin of GuadalupeObservance
ThuDec 121991Day of the Virgin of GuadalupeObservance
SatDec 121992Day of the Virgin of GuadalupeObservance
SunDec 121993Day of the Virgin of GuadalupeObservance
MonDec 121994Day of the Virgin of GuadalupeObservance
TueDec 121995Day of the Virgin of GuadalupeObservance
ThuDec 121996Day of the Virgin of GuadalupeObservance
FriDec 121997Day of the Virgin of GuadalupeObservance
SatDec 121998Day of the Virgin of GuadalupeObservance
SunDec 121999Day of the Virgin of GuadalupeObservance
TueDec 122000Day of the Virgin of GuadalupeObservance
WedDec 122001Day of the Virgin of GuadalupeObservance
ThuDec 122002Day of the Virgin of GuadalupeObservance
FriDec 122003Day of the Virgin of GuadalupeObservance
SunDec 122004Day of the Virgin of GuadalupeObservance
MonDec 122005Day of the Virgin of GuadalupeObservance
TueDec 122006Day of the Virgin of GuadalupeObservance
WedDec 122007Day of the Virgin of GuadalupeObservance
FriDec 122008Day of the Virgin of GuadalupeObservance
SatDec 122009Day of the Virgin of GuadalupeObservance
SunDec 122010Day of the Virgin of GuadalupeObservance
MonDec 122011Day of the Virgin of GuadalupeObservance
WedDec 122012Day of the Virgin of GuadalupeObservance
ThuDec 122013Day of the Virgin of GuadalupeObservance
FriDec 122014Day of the Virgin of GuadalupeObservance
SatDec 122015Day of the Virgin of GuadalupeObservance
MonDec 122016Day of the Virgin of GuadalupeObservance
TueDec 122017Day of the Virgin of GuadalupeObservance
WedDec 122018Day of the Virgin of GuadalupeObservance
ThuDec 122019Day of the Virgin of GuadalupeObservance
SatDec 122020Day of the Virgin of GuadalupeObservance

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