For those of you scratching your heads, that means “Happy Virgen de la Guadalupe Day!” Actually, Tonantzín is the Náhuatl name for Mother Earth or the Earth Goddess, and what more apt description for our beautiful dusky Lady?
Though December 12 is dedicated to la Virgencita, she’s definitely revered the other 364 days of the year as well. Kind, forgiving and ever vigilant, she graces the necks, homes and dashboards of nearly every Mexican in and out of the country–and that’s a whole lotta Mexicans. In fact, I have her hanging from my neck right now, embodied in a little gold charm my mamá gave me years ago. My daughter would have one, too, except for the fact that she’s a bit of a tomboy and that gold wouldn’t last for one round of recess. Of course, she is especially beloved by mamás, since she is one herself and understands the joys and sorrows of motherhood…
I could sit here and expound on the history and significance of this day and all kinds of wonderful things, but I found this fab post about the topic on YucatanLiving.com I really feel brings it all together quite beautifully, with pictures and video to boot. Actually, I’m jealous of the post, but it’s a HEALTHY jealousy. So there.
I want to wish you a beautiful day, and may our beloved Mamacita Querida bless us all, no matter what your religion (I hope I’m not offending anyone).
PS If you’re ever in Mexico City, it’s well worth a visit to the Cathedral for a glimpse of Juan Diego’s amazing mantle.