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A global cultural celebration was brought to Winchester on Wednesday.

Since midnight, people of Catholic faith and Mexican descent have been celebrating the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, a Mexican holiday celebrated on December 12. 

Parishioners and students of Sacred Academy have joined in on the celebration as well, with flower laying, traditional dancing and a Mexican feast. The day of the virgin of Guadalupe celebrates the belief that a man encountered the Virgin Mary, Mexico’s patron saint, in Mexico City on December 12, 1531.

“It’s important that they participate because it’s the best way they get to know about the about religion, about the faith, about the tradition and about other cultures,” Ana Fitzpatrick said. 

One of the strongest places of devotion to the virgin of Guadalupe, outside of Mexico, is the United States.