Millions Make Pilgrimage to Basilica of the Virgin of Guadalupe Celebration
Millions of pilgrims descend in Mexico City every year to visit the shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe. Some spend days walking from their home towns across Mexico to make the Catholic pilgrimage. (Al Jazeera English)
Carrying large idols of the dark-skinned Virgin of Guadalupe on their backs, millions of devotees of all ages on Monday visited the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City, breaking any previous attendance record.
As every Dec. 12, the Calzada de Guadalupe Avenue of the capital was flooded with the tide of pilgrims who formed long lines to enter the church with excitement, faith and exhaustion.
"She is everything to us and she is so miraculous. And that's why we come here to pray for a miracle. We come to ask for a baby. I already have babies, I have three, but (...) now I want (another)," 32-year-old Noemi excitedly told EFE during her first visit to the church.
2016 marks the 485th anniversary of the Virgin Guadalupe's appearance to indigenous Juan Diego on the Tepeyac hill several times, the last time on Dec. 12.
As reported by the Secretariat of Public Security of the capital, more than 7.11 million pilgrims have come to the church this year.
The pilgrims came from all over and arrived on foot, by car or bus and even by air.
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