Built in 1777, the Santuario de Guadalupe in Santa Fe is the oldest still-standing shrine in the United States. Our Lady of Guadalupe is the patron saint of New Mexico where she is believed to have appeared to an Aztec peasant, Juan Diego, in 1531.
On Sunday 5th August, Santa Feans gathered at the Santuario de Guadalupe to come together as a community and to celebrate singing and dancing. Traditional Mexican music, attire and dances were performed all day.
Alongside the multitude of brightly coloured dresses, broad, hats and fast-paced music, the community came together to feed the crowds and families seated under the marquees, laughing. talking and sharing in the festivities. Traditional Mexican foods with tacos, enchiladas and fry bread were spread across tables and everyone shared in the fun and festivity of the day.
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