The Virgin of Guadalupe is one of the most revered religious figures in Mexico And that is why thousands of Mexicans honor their patron saint this Sunday with one of the largest Catholic pilgrimages in the world.
It turns out that for these celebrations various massive events defy risks of a rebound in the Covid-19 pandemic, in a country that keeps its borders open.
Only last Friday and until this Sunday 4.2 million people are expected to have attended the Basilica of Guadalupe, in the north of Mexico City, compared to 11 million in 2019, to resume a worship service that was suspended last year for the Covid-19.
Mexicans celebrate the Virgin of Guadalupe
It has been highlighted that with the mandatory use of face masks and disinfectant gel, the virus has forced a little modification of the ritual that began 490 years ago when, according to tradition, the Virgin appeared to the indigenous Juan Diego on the Tepeyac hill.
The faithful of the “Virgin Morena” must present a “complete vaccination scheme”, which according to the government already has 65.6 million people in this country of 126 million inhabitants.
Among the restrictions of the event are that they do not go with children or adolescents who have not been vaccinated, nor can they camp to sing “Las Mañanitas” to the patron, or stay too long inside the sanctuary.
It should be noted that the masses were replaced by prerecorded sermons that were broadcast on YouTube on Saturday, since it stands out that Catholics represent 70% of the Mexican population, according to official figures.
Covid-19 in Mexico
It has been announced that this Saturday 235 new deaths and 2,655 infections of Covid-19 were reported, since in total, Mexico accumulates 296,620 deaths and 3,917,361 confirmed cases since March 2020.
It should be noted that the devotion to the Virgin of Guadalupe in Mexico is such that the leftist president Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who declares himself a Christian but not a Catholic, suspended his public agenda this Sunday. “We have to be respectful,” he said.
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