Christmas in Mexico begins from early December to January 6 with another related event on February 2. Homes are decorated with nativity scenes, poinsettias and Christmas trees. This special season begins with the celebrations related to the Virgin of Guadalupe - paroness of Mexico.

Our Lady of Guadalupe means the Catholic title of Blessed Virgin Mary also known as Virgin of Guadalupe. Blessed Virgin Mary is associated with a venerated image enshrined within the Minor Basilica of Our Lady Guadalupe in Mexico City. She is depicted with brown skin, an angel and moon at her feet and rays of sunlight that encircle her. According to tradition the Virgin Mary appeared to an indigenous man named Juan Diego on December 9, 1531. 

Lady of Guadalupe picture was gifted to the museum and adorns the wall in the Hispanic Gallery this Christmas season.

In addition the Hispanic Gallery displays a beautiful Zapotecas ancient cultural nativity set from Oaxaca, Mexico.

Enjoy many holiday items to see in this colorful Ethnic Heritage Museum Hispanic Gallery!

Hand crafted pottery piece from Hidalgo, Mexico
Donated by Felicia Carrillo