We saw a lot of children (and adults) carrying the family picture of the Virgin to the pink church for the ceremony to bless them for another year. The framed pictures looked like they took them right off their living room wall and brought them to the front of the church. Of course, that’s exactly what they did.
December 12th is the day set aside here to celebrate her birth. December 8th is set aside to celebrate Mary’s “Immaculate Conception” (when Mary was conceived without sin or “full of grace” according to Roman Catholic teaching). December 3rd is Mary’s “Assumption” or when she was taken into heaven (again from RC teaching). There are many cultural and religious events in December for Catholics in Mexico and we find them to be interesting, curious and at times rather sad. There’s so much attention given to Mary and how they perceive her to be the source of “saving grace” that it is sad to see how their attempts to reach God are well-intentioned but are uprooted from the truth of Scripture.