Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Procession Sunday Launches Observance

A religious observance with great meaning for the city's Mexican population will begin Sunday with a procession honoring the Virgin of Guadalupe.

The City Council granted permission on Nov. 21 for the procession from noon to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, starting at the Plainfield Public Library and going along West Eighth Street to Liberty Street and ending at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church.

Past processions have included prayers, hymns, mariachi  musicians, Aztec dancers (Clarification: These dancers are from a 2007 event described here) and bearers with statues and images of La Virgen de Guadalupe and San Juan Diego. On the evening of Dec. 11, there will be another procession from 10:30 p.m. to 12 a.m., around the block where the church is located. The faithful sing songs called mananitas in praise of the Virgen de Guadalupe, with a Mass at midnight. To learn more about the history of the holiday, click here.

The event usually attracts a large number of Latinos of Mexican heritage from around Central Jersey.


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