The shrine was built in the eighteenth century. Groups of dancing groups from all over the State of Guanajuato meet in the Shrine of Guadalupe on December 12, the celebration in honor of our Lady of Guadalupe, the patron saint of Mexico and the General of the Independence Army.
In the middle of popular pilgrimage, a fair, trading, music and fireworks, the devoted faithful meet in the shrine front yard and forecourt to render homage to our Lady, offering their dancing in traditional ethnic costumes from Guanajuato.
The shrine is a crucible of the Spanish and local culture, an example of which is our Lady of Guadalupe, that chose to be brown-skinned to resemble her people that never forgets her. Constructed in the eighteenth century, this shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe is notable for its role in the celebrations of December 12, the feast day of of the Blessed Virgin, who is not only Mexico’s patron saint but was also acclaimed as leader of the country’s Army of Independence.
Among processions, celebrations, stalls, music and fireworks, the faithful gather on the plaza before the shrine in order to pay homage to the Virgin in the form of dances performed in the traditional ethnic costumes of Guanajuato.
The shrine represents a melting pot of Spanish and local culture, the foremost example of which is the Virgin herself, who chose to appear with brown skin in order to resemble the people who are so faithful to her memory.