by Melanie Jongsma
LANSING, Ill. (December 2017) – For the Hispanic Catholic community in Lansing, December 12 is a special day. It is the date when tradition says the Lady of Guadalupe appeared to a Mexican peasant, Juan Diego, in 1531. In Mexico, the date is a national holiday, a day when schools and businesses close and families gather for feasting and music.
In Lansing, Three Roosters and Albertos Beauty Salon have held their own December 12 celebration for five or six years. “It’s an important day in the community,” explains Daisy Herrera, manager at Three Roosters. Owner Ernesto Acevedo donates food for the gathering, a Catholic priest does the mass, and a Mariachi band—this year, El Mariachi Imperial Azteca— accompanies the festivities.
Though Three Roosters’ Celebración de nuestra Virgen de Guadalupe is particularly meaningful for Hispanics, hospitality is extended to all of Lansing. The Lady of Guadalupe is said to represent the poor and marginalized, and Mexican-American hospitality is famous for making people feel welcome.
En Honor a La Virgen de Guadalupe
(In honor of the Lady of Guadalupe)
Three Roosters y (and) Alberto’s Beauty Salon
Los Invita a Todos a Reunirse
(invite everyone to meet)
Para la Gran Celebración de Nuestra Virgen de Guadalupe
(for the great celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe)
Habra Misa, Mariachi, y Comida.
(There will be mass, Mariachi, and food.)
Acompananos para la Misa
(Join us for mass)
- Tuesday, 12/12/17, 9:00am
- Alberto’s Beauty Salon, 3220 E 171ST Street, Lansing IL 60438