The story of Dia de Virgen de Guadalupe
The Californian retailer Vallarta Supermarkets placed an extra order of unique organic gifts of Natural Fragrance Roses the week leading up to Dia de Virgin de Guadalupe, one of the most important holidays in Mexican culture. The extremely fragrant roses hydrated to last 4 months make popular gifts this month of December. Natural Fragrance Rose’s own flower shop online is also experiencing a spike in flower delivery roses.
Dia de Virgin de Guadalupe and Castilian Roses
The Virgin Maria is the root of a custom in many catholic cultures, whether Latin, Italian or Polish. You just can not visit your mother’s home without bringing a gift of flowers. One of Mexico’s most important holidays, December 12, Dia de Virgin de Guadalupe, is a miraculous story that grounds a tradition of flower giving. Roses in particular. More particular, the unique organic gifts of fragrant Taif roses.
The miracle of Virgin de Guadalupe
“Am I not here, I who am your mother?”
The morning and afternoon of December 9, 1531, the indigenous Mexican farmer Juan Diego experienced two visions of the Virgin Mary at the Hill of Tepeyac at Villa de Guadalupe, now a suburb of Mexico City. The virgin asked for a church to be built at that hilltop site.
Juan Diego told the archbishop of Mexico City, who instructed him to return to Tepeyac Hill to ask for a miraculous sign to prove her identity. However, Juan Diego’s uncle, Juan Bernardino, had fallen sick so Juan Diego was obliged to attend to him. When Juan Bernardino’s condition deteriorated, Juan Diego set out to fetch a Catholic priest to hear Juan Bernardino’s confession and help minister to him on his deathbed.
In order to avoid being delayed by the Virgin and ashamed at having failed her, Juan Diego chose another route around the hill. But the Virgin appeared to him on that road and asked where he was going. Juan Diego explained what had happened and the Virgin gently chided him for not having had recourse to her. In the words which have become the famous words of the Guadalupe event and are inscribed over the main entrance to the Basilica of Guadalupe, she asked, ¿No estoy yo aquí que soy tu madre? [ Am I not here, I who am your mother? ] She assured him that Juan Bernardino would recover. The Virgin Mary instructed Juan Diego to pick flowers from the top of Tepeyac Hill, which is normally barren, especially in the cold of December. Juan followed her instructions and he found Castilian roses, not native to Mexico, blooming there.
The miracle and the roses
Juan Diego returned to the archbishop on December 12, when he opened his cloak and the Castilian roses fell to the floor, on the cloak appeared the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe. It convinced the bishop who earlier that year had prayed to the Virgin for a sign by sending his beloved Castilian roses from his home region in Spain. The bishop convinced of the miracle ordered the building of a church in honor of the event. The next day Juan Diego found his uncle fully recovered.
According to the story of the Virgin of Guadalupe, Mary spoke in the indigenous language when she appeared to Diego. As a result, millions of indigenous people in Mexico were converted to Catholicism as a result of her appearance and miracle.
Myth, convenience, culture, the symbolism of a kind custom. Flowers are bearers of good intent and love. Say it with flowers, say it with fragrance. The universal language of love.
The Castilian Roses of Virgen de Guadalupe
The Castilian roses in this story from that region of Spain have historically seen most likely Damascus roses. A very fragrant rose was brought to Spain from the middle east during the pre-Columbus Islamic rule of Spain. Taif roses, a centuries-long basic for perfumes, are also known as Damascus roses and did spread in the territories of Islam.
Natural Fragrance Rose has in its extremely fragrant Taif Rose Elizabeth its highest-reviewed Natural Fragrance Rose. Interestingly it is one of our most sought out natural flower gifts with Spanish search terms regalos únicos para mamá or flores para mama. [ resp. unique gifts for mom and flowers for mom ] Underlining a family tradition in Hispanic culture to gift flowers on a visit to your mom’s home.
With both my dutch mother and Latin mother-in-law being catholic, I cannot visit either of their overseas homes without a gift of flowers. Or currently, surprising them with a gift of flowers with rose delivery online. But, hey, being a flower farmer has its advantages in a traditional family.
Best Flower Gifts in December, unique natural gifts
Now, what better ecological conscious gift would there be to honor this tradition. Bring unique organic gifts, these special Virgin de Guadalupe flowers to your family home, Taif roses. This month of December these are not just unique Christmas gifts. But also the appropriate organic gift, the traditional Virgin de Guadalupe roses on December 12th.
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