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Our Lady of Guadalupe in Creel


Guadalupe festival on the streets of Creel, Mexico

The Virgin of Guadalupe is Mexico’s most important saint and is the center of many religious festivities. The Our Lady of Guadalupe festivities happen around December 12 and are the beginning of the Christmas season.

Recently we came into Creel in Copper Canyon – actually we hardly ever go to Creel because it is a bit touristy.

But we dropped into town and here was the Guadalupe parade starting…cool. We watched as the portrait of the virgin from the local church was paraded up the street on the shoulders of dancers outfitted in Tarahumara dress.

The destination was the plaza in front of the “new church ” in Creel and the large painting was then transferred into the sanctuary.

There was music, hands in the air, balloons, first communion kids- a real celebration.

One other note on Creel: places we stay there are CabaƱas Bertis (cheap, clean, basic), Best Western (Very clean, with decent food and much like a US hotel), and Quinta Mision (neat place with large rooms and very nice).

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