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virgenFeast of Guadalupe: Every year on December 12, Alice lays out the food to celebrate the feast of Guadalupe. Always free of charge, Alice's feast food includes northern New Mexico specialties that she serves during the entire day. This feast is perhaps the most important of Hispanic culture in New Mexico and the Southwest!

Here's a little history on this most significant of holy days:

On this day people from all over Mexico travel to the chapel Tepayac Hill in Mexico City, where the mother of Jesus is said to have appeared before an Indian peasant named Juan Diego back in 1531. Mary told Juan to go to the bishop and ask that a church be built on the hill so she could be close to her people. The bishop, needing proof of this vision, asked Juan to have a miracle performed by Mary. Juan returned to Tepayac Hill and found roses growing where there had only been cacti. Juan wrapped the roses in his tilma (cape) along with a picture of Mary to show the bishop. He was convinced and the chapel was built. Huge fiestas are held all over Mexico and Central America to honor the day of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Throughout the day, people come to the church to pray. Many of them pin milagros (which means miracles) near the statue of the Virgin of Guadalupe. These small silver or tin objects are shaped like hearts, arms, or legs, and symbolize the giver's thanks for a cure. To celebrate this holiday, second graders made the traditional items that would be a part of the fiesta. The children enjoyed corn cakes and candy sticks as well as the paper roses and milagros that they made for their fiesta. Each child decorated a Mexican boy or girl in typical costume and watched a video reenacting Juan and his vision.  http://www.crystalinks.com/ladyguadalupeday.html

It is traditional in New Mexico on holy days to prepare a large feast and welcome all visitors into one's house for a day of sharing and enjoying the plenty one has enjoyed during the year. For this day, Alice cooks traditional northern New Mexico food. Come and visit us to celebrate and enjoy the feast.

Other significant events in Northern New Mexico coming up include:

There are also several Pueblo Indian feast days that go on throughout the fall months. For more information on those, look at the website for the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

For other great events in northern New Mexico check out NewMexico.org and NorthCentralNM.org

Don't miss out on all the great events that happen in northern New Mexico and don't forget to drop by the store for all of your supplies and to say hello!