My Kind of Marathon

The holiday season in Mexico has officially begun! 

December 12th is one of the most important religious holidays in Mexico.  Today, we honored La Virgen de Guadalupe (Our Lady of Guadalupe).

Before I went to bed last night, which wasn't until after midnight, I could hear "Las Mañanitas" being sung to La Virgen at church.   I stood at my bedroom window, listening to the midnight serenade offered to her, followed by a spectacular fireworks display.  As always, I am in awe of the faith and love that the Mexican people have for her.  (Tradition is a beautiful thing!)

But the celebration of La Virgen de Guadalupe is only part of the holiday season. Today also marks the beginning of the Guadalupe-Reyes Marathon. 

The Guadalupe-Reyes Marathon refers to the various holidays celebrated from December 12th to January 6th.  The name Guadalupe-Reyes, stems from the starting celebration of La Virgen de Guadalupe and the final celebration of Los Reyes Magos (The Three Magi). 

During this period, we will also be celebrating Las Posadas, Nochebuena (Christmas Eve), Navidad (Christmas), Los Santos Inocentes (Mexican version of April Fool's Day) and Año Nuevo (New Year's).

See what I mean?  It's a marathon of fiestas! 

While many consider Guadalupe-Reyes a time to indulge in non-stop drinking, I think of it as a wonderful time to celebrate with my family. 

Happy Holidays to all!

With Love,
Leslie Limon
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