Wednesday, December 12, 9:00am
BY MELANIE JONGSMA
LANSING, Ill. (December 5, 2018) – Three Roosters Produce and Alberto’s Beauty Salon will again hold their traditional celebration in honor of the Virgin of Guadalupe. The two stores neighbor each other, and Alberto’s hosts the event while Three Roosters donates the food, including their famous posole. A Catholic priest does the mass, and a Mariachi band accompanies the festivities. More than 100 people attended last year’s celebration.
Though the 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.
December 12 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.
Lansing’s tribute to the holiday will take place at 9:00am on Wednesday, December 12, at Alberto’s Beauty Salon, 3220 E 171ST Street, Lansing IL 60438.