A religious service, music, dancing, and family-focused activities commemorate traditional Mexican feast day.

Forest Lawn—Glendale

December 8, 2019 • 2:00–5:00 PM

GLENDALE, CA— Forest Lawn—Glendale will commence the holiday season with its celebration of the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe), one of the most celebrated and significant Mexican holidays. The free, family-friendly community event will be filled with pageantry that honors the patron saint of the Americas. On Sunday, December 8, 2019, the authentic ceremony will transport attendees to rustic Mexico with a bilingual religious service, Mariachi music, a Ballet Folklorico Internacional dance performance, rosary giveaways, face painting, and traditional religious breads and refreshments. In addition to the Glendale event, Forest Lawn’s portrait of Our Lady of Guadalupe, a faithful replica of the original located at the Basilica de Guadalupe in Mexico City, will be the focal point of a 32-mile procession beginning at 3:00 AM at Our Lady of Solitude in Palm Springs and concluding at Our Lady of Soledad in Coachella.

“For this year’s Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration, Forest Lawn is excited to bring the focus to the family,” said Rodolfo Saenz, Senior Vice President, Marketing at Forest Lawn Memorial-Parks & Mortuaries. “Each year, we bring the community together to honor the patron saint of the Americas, and this year, we open our doors to young families with family-focused activities as well as the Mariachi music, Ballet Folklorico Internacional dancers, and a bilingual religious ceremony that make up an important part of our communities’ celebrations.”

Highlights for the Glendale event include:

  • A dazzling procession through the Hall of the Crucifixion-Resurrection
  • Bilingual service by Father Mario Juarez from Christ Cathedral in Orange County
  • Mariachi music performed by Mariachi Juvenil Herencia Mexicana
  • Dance performance by Lucia Parra – Ballet Folklorico Internacional
  • Family-friendly activities including face painting, candy bags, and balloon giveaways

About the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe:

The feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe is of the most popular holidays in Mexico, and one that is gaining in popularity in the United States. In the traditional fiesta, Catholics from across Mexico and other countries make pilgrimages to see an image of the Virgin Mary, and children dress in traditional costumes and are blessed in churches.

The holiday celebrates the belief that Saint Juan Diego—the first indigenous American Roman Catholic saint and a patron to indigenous Americans—encountered Mary in Mexico City on two occasions: December 9 and 12 in 1531. According to the narrative, Mary appeared and spoke to Juan Diego in his native Nahuatl language and told him to ask the local bishop to build a church on Tepeyac Hill. The bishop wanted proof of this encounter, so he asked for a miraculous sign. Juan Diego went to Tepeyac Hill and found roses blooming in a location where cactus had previously grown. Juan Diego returned to the bishop with an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe on his cloak. The bishop was convinced and built a church in her honor.

Event Details:

Forest Lawn—Glendale’s Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration takes place on Sunday, December 8, 2019, from 2:00 PM–5:00 PM at Forest Lawn—Glendale’s Hall of Crucifixion-Resurrection located at 1712 S. Glendale Avenue, Glendale, CA 91205. Admission and parking are FREE. Guests are encouraged to arrive one hour prior to the start time of the ceremony to allow ample time to find parking and enjoy a walk through the grounds before the event begins. Guests can also tour the newly remodeled Forest Lawn Museum, including selections from the permanent collection and the current exhibition The Elevated Eye: Aerial Photography Past and Present, which traces the history of aerial photography through nearly 150 images, a video, satellites, and drones and is on view through March 8, 2020. Visit www.forestlawn.com for more information.

 About Forest Lawn Memorial-Parks & Mortuaries
For more than a century, Forest Lawn has been an integral part of Southern California. Since its founding, Forest Lawn has committed itself to providing outstanding service and beautiful environments for family outings, remembering loved ones and commemorating holidays. Forest Lawn’s locations in the Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside counties serve all faiths and cultures, and offer a wide range of celebrations and special events with competitively priced cremation and traditional funeral services throughout Southern California. Glendale – FD 656