Annual “Our Lady of Guadalupe” pilgrimage canceled, alternative celebrations planned

Every December 12, Catholic faithful from all over the world participate in numerous pilgrimages to honor the appearance of Our Lady of Guadalupe to Mexican peasant Juan Diego in 1531. Here in the valley, thousands of people make a 32 mile pilgrimage from Palm Springs to Coachella.

It is an annual tradition for many locals, however, for the second year in a row the pilgrimage has been canceled.

Sonia Gonzalez, a local pilgrimage organizer, said Marco Revuelta from Telemundo 15 that the pilgrimage was canceled due to the coronavirus and lack of funds.

Gonzalez said organizers are planning various ceremonies to celebrate Our Lady of Guadalupe. This includes a replica of Our Lady of Guadalupe which will be on display at the Church of the Sacred Heart every evening from December 1 to 12. They will also have the rosary and various activities. Everyone is welcome.

On December 11 there will be a celebration with a sermon and a mariachi band and Mexican dances. At 5:00 am on December 12, there will be a song of “Las Mañanitas”, a traditional Mexican birthday song.

We’re working to get more details on the alternate celebrations taking place across the Coachella Valley. Check back for more updates.

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