December is finally here, probably
the most anticipated month of the year because it’s full of celebrations,
parties, gatherings with old friends, good vibrations and delicious food. It’s
also a very important month to the millions of Catholics in Mexico, because
apart from celebrating Christmas, tons of pilgrimages take place in the main
religious places of the country, mainly to celebrate the day of the most
representative symbol of the Mexican faith, the Virgin of Guadalupe.
A pilgrimage is the journey that a believer
makes with the specific purpose of getting to a sacred place or sanctuary and
give thanks, make an offering or ask for something to a religious symbol.
Around the world, there are certain destinations
extremely important for the pilgrims, just like the Holy Land, Vatican City and
Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Of course Mexico has a really important
place as well in the Catholic pilgrimage world having the Basílica de Nuestra
Señora de Guadalupe, the main religious site in Mexico receiving more than 20
million pilgrims every year on December 12th.
We want Vallarta to be recognized as a touristic
destination that can also offer this kind of activities. Come this December and
you’ll realize that it’s totally worth it.
What usually happens during a pilgrimage in Vallarta is to start the procession
in the corner of Juárez y 31 de Octubre streets
and open the path to the Guadalupe parish, in downtown. This walk will be
filled with songs, praises, and of course, a mariachi can’t be missed at any
It’s also great to watch the parade
floats making the city even more beautiful and representing the Virgin of
Guadalupe with love and devotion, who, to our foreign friends who don’t know,
is the most revered religious representation for Mexicans and who, according to
the legend, showed herself to the indigenous Juan Diego in 1531 and asked him to climb to the Tepeyac hills,
collect some flowers and take them to the bishop as a proof of her existence.
Juan Diego unfolded the clothing that carried the flowers and miraculously, the
image of a brown skinned virgin with half blood features was captured on it.
Ever since, this image became one of the most important elements of
Catholicism, not only in Mexico, but around the world.
Nowadays, pilgrimages in Puerto Vallarta are the perfect chance to
gather Mexicans and foreign tourists, and show them how beautiful this tradition
is, which it’s been happening for over a century and is about to be named
intangible heritage of Jalisco state.
If you’re a tourist and you’re staying in a
participating hotel such as Rosita, Pescador, Palmas, Friendly, Canto del Sol,
Sunscape or Casa de Chayo, you’ll be able to ask for more information and
details on time schedules and activities to the employees in these hotels,
since they are taking part of the pilgrimages.
Now you have one more reason to come to Vallarta
and live new experiences!