Friday, 3 December 2010

Virgen of Guadalupe Festivities in Barra de Navidad, Cihuatlan, Villa Obregon and Melaque

Fiestas Guadalupanas 2010 en Cihuatlán
Our Lady of Guadalupe (Virgen of Guadalupe) celebrations is one of the most important religious festivities in Mexico. The celebrations start in October 26th  and end on Dec. 12th.

Celebrations in Cihuatlan, Barra de Navidad, Villa Obregón and Melaque include novenas, rosaries, veladas, and on Dec. 12th. Danzas and Floats. A description of the meaning of each of these can be found in this post: Lady of Guadalupe - Rosaries, Altars, Novenas, Floats and Parade, Pilgrimages in Barra de Navidad, Villa Obregon, Melaque and Cihuatlan.

Calendar for 2010 Festivities:

Dec. 4th - Pilgrimage to the Holy Cross Church (Parroquia de la Santa Cruz) in Cihuatlan of people from Barra de Navidad, Melaque, Jaluco, Infonavit and El Aguacate. People of Barra de Navidad participating in this pilgrimage will gather at midnight. All the group will arrive to Cihuatlan for the celebration of the mass at 5:00 am on Dec. 5th.

The calendar for 2010 for the festivities on Dec 11th and 12th is as follow:

Barra de Navidad, El Aguacate, Barrio San Felipe, and Jaluco 
Oct. 28th - Dec. 12th. Praying of 46 Rosaries by groups in the different sectors and barrios.
Dec 11th. Vísperas de La Solemnidad de Santa María de Guadalupe:
Vísperas de la Solemnidad en El Aguacate, Barrio San Felipe, Jaluco y Barra de Navidad
Barra de Navidad Church:  (Barra de Navidad and Colimilla communities)
  • 7:00 pm Mass Padre Marcelino
  • 10:00 pm Mass Padre Miguel
  • 11:00 pm - 12:00 am Mañanitas and music for the Virgen of Guadalupe.

Jaluco Church: (Jaluco and San Ignacio communities)
  • 9:00 pm Mass Padre César
  • 10:00 pm - 11:00 pm Mañanitas and music for the Virgen of Guadalupe.
Barrio San Felipe: (Barrio, Colonia Ejidal, Perlitas and Gallo Colorado communities)
  • 7:00 pm-8:00 pm Blessing of Virgen of Guadalupe images, pilgrimage, mañanitas and musci for the Virgen of Guadalupe.
El Aguacate: (Colonia Infonavit, Brisas de La Navidad communities)
  • 6:30 pm Rosarie and pilgrimage with Virgen of Guadalupe images and starts.
  • 7:00 pm Mass Padre César.
  • 8:15 - 9:15 pm Mañanitas and Mariachi music for the Virgen of Guadalupe.
Domingo 12 Solemnidad de Nuestra Madre del Cielo Santa María de Guadalupe 
Dec. 12th Solemnidad de Nuestra Madre del Cielo Santa María de Guadalupe.

Colonia Ejidal, El Aguacate and Jaluco
  • 6:00 am Mass Padre César in Colonia Ejidal. Perlitas and Gallo Colorado communities.
  • 7:00 am Mass Padre César in El Aguacate.
  • 9:30 am Mass Padre César in El barrio San Felipe.
  • 10:45 am Mass Padre Miguel  in Jaluco. Blessing of Roses and Images.
  • 6:30 pm Pilgrimage in Jaluco with danzas, images and starts. from Bull fighting ring. 
  • 7:00 pm Mass Padre Cesar. Blessing of Rosas and images.

Barra de Navidad
  • 8:00 am Mass in Barra de Navidad Church with Padre Miguel
  • 12:00 pm Mass with Padre Marcelino. Blessing of Roses.
  • 6:30 pm Pilgrimage of the Barra de Navidad community with Danzas, Virgen of Guadalupe images and starts. The pilgrimage start by the football field in Nueva España ave. All the different sectors, barrios of Barra de Navidad join this pilgrimage. The community is invited to dress as inditos (Juan Diego outfit) and inditas for women.
  • 7:00 pm Solemn Mass celebrated by Father Miguel. Blessing of roses e images. Donations for people in need can be brought to this celebration.

Dec 1st. - Dec 11th. Veladas, Pilgrimages and Rosaries.
Dec 12th
  • 4:30 am Church Ringing Bells, pilgrimage and rosary in the Parroquia de la Santa Cruz
  • 5:30 am Mañanitas and Mass.
  • 8:30 am First Communion Mass
  • 11:00 am Pilgrimage of the whole town
  • 12:00 pm Solemn Mass by Bishop Gonzalo Galván Castillo
  • 5:00 pm Floats and Danzas
  • 8:00 pm Solemn Mass to the Virgin Mary, blessing of roses and images.
  • At the end of the mass celebration in the main square with live music (Tamborazo Banda "El Cihualteco") and traditional Mexican fireworks: castillos and toritos.
Villa Obregon Solemn Fiestas to honor Virgin of Guadalupe

Villa Obregón and Melaque
The Virgen of Guadalupe is also the patron of Villa Obregon, so, these are also Fiestas Patronales and Melaque community join them.
Dec 1st. - Dec 12th.

  • 5:30 am Rosary and Pilgrimage with the Virgen of Guadalupe image and Floats to the Villa Obregon church.
  • 6:00 am Mañanitas and Mass
  • 5:00 pm Pilgrimage
  • 6:00 pm Mass. After the mass traditional Mexican fireworks: toritos and castillos.
  • all night Veladas in Barrios.
Important Notes:
Dec. 4th. Pilgrimage of Children and Anointing of the Sick mass (misa de unción de enfermos) at 12:00 pm.
Dec. 12th Mass of the Rosaries at 12:00 pm.
Villa Obregon Church

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