Catholic tradition strong in O'odham community
Thursday, December 11, 2003

El Da de la Virgen de Guadalupe, or Our Lady's feast day, will be celebrated on the Tohono O'odham Reservation in Arizona on Friday.

The village of Cowlic holds the annual feast every December 12. It is a sign of residents' strong Catholic tradition, which dates to the 1600s.

The feast is the culmination of a nine-day ceremony that began December 3. A wooden statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe, a representation of the Virgin Mary who appeared to a Mexican Indian saint named Juan Diego, stays at a different home in the village every night.

Get the Story:
Venerating la Virgen de Guadalupe (The Arizona Daily Star 12/11)

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