December 12th is the day of Virgin of Guadalupe. She is the Patroness of the Americas. Central Park was full of photo booths, reenacting the scene when dark-skinned Virgin of Guadalupe appeared to Juan Diego, an indigenous peasant on December 9 of 1531 on Tepeyac Hill, near Mexico City, Mexico. Virgin told Juan Diego to go and ask the archbishop to build a church for the indigenous people. Not believing to Juan Diego, the archbishop asked for proof from Juan Diego.
Three days later, on December 12, the image of the Virgin appeared on Juan Diego’s cloak while he was showing it to the bishop. After this miracle, a new church for the indigenous was ordered to be built.
Even though it started in Mexico, December 12 is celebrated as the day of Virgin of Guadalupe throughout the Americas. On this day, children put their indigenous clothes on. My friend, Rudy Girón, who runs AntiguaDailyPhoto, said that the tradition about kids is because Juan Diego was like a child to the Virgin. So it is more of a metaphorical tradition.
Wandering around the Central Park, I saw so many adorable kids, having their pictures taken. With some, I had to sneak in and get some shots for myself.
This time, we would like to post both of our photos to show you this special day from different perspectives. Josh Bachman got this great shot at the Central Park.
text and first five photos by Pinar Istek and last photo by Josh Bachman