Hundreds of Hispanic Catholics gathered Tuesday, Dec. 12 to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe (Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe) with dancing outside the Tienda Carnicera Y Taquiera market on the corner of East Club Boulevard and North Roxboro Street.
The event featured colorful costumes, dancing and drumming. AMass was held afterwards at Durham’s Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic church.
According to official Catholic Church reports, Our Lady of Guadalupe became known when she first appeared to Saint Juan Diego in December 1531 on Tepeyac Hill in an area that would become a suburb of Mexico City and on Dec. 12, 1531, the day of her fourth apparition to the eventual saint, European Castilian roses, not native to the Americas, miraculously bloomed in December.
A venerated image of Our Lady of Guadalupe is enshrined within the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City today.