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Celebrating the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Wilkes-Barre

Aimee Dilger
The statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe rests on the church steps so parishioners can pray, and dance near it, before it is brought into the church.

Our Lady of Guadalupe, or Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, is widely celebrated across the Americas. The feast day holds a special place in the religious life of Mexico and is one of the most popular religious devotions. The faithful believe that the Virgin Mary appeared to Juan Diego, an Aztec convert to Christianity, on December 12, 1531.

Locally, a family is chosen each year to host the statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe for a year. Photojournalist Aimee Dilger captured the celebration this year for WVIA News.