The feast day of La Virgen de Guadalupe is celebrated every year on December 12. On that day in the year 1531, it is believed that the Virgin Mary appeared to an indigenous Native American peasant named Juan Diego. The miracles associated with this Marian apparition lead to the conversion of millions of indigenous to the Catholic faith, as well as the construction of a shrine on Tepeyac Hill in Mexico City where the events are believed to have occurred. In 2002, Juan Diego was canonized and became the first indigenous American saint. The Catholic community of Houston celebrates this day every year with a downtown procession/parade and special masses across the city. Read more about the role of mariachi music in the featival on Rocks Off, and about the festival itself on Art Attack. PHOTOS BY MARCO TORRES
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