Article Also this... On October 12, a procession honoring Our Lady of Zapopan celebrates the feast day of the Virgin of Zapopan. Around dawn, her small, dark figure begins the 5-hour ride from the Cathedral of Guadalajara to the suburban Basilica of Zapopan. The original icon dates from the mid-1500s; the procession began 200 years later. Today, crowds spend the night along the route and vie for position as the Virgin approaches. She travels in a gleaming new car (virginal in that it must never have had the ignition turned on), which her caretakers pull through the streets. During the previous months, the figure visits churches all over the city. You will likely see neighborhoods decorated with paper streamers and banners honoring the Virgin's visit. The celebration has grown into a month-long event, Fiestas de Octubre, which kicks off with an enormous parade, usually on the first Sunday (or possibly Sat) of the month. Festivities include performing arts, rodeos (charreadas), bullfights, art exhibits, regional dancing, a food fair, and a Day of Nations incorporating all the consulates in Guadalajara. By the time this is over, you enter the holiday season of November and December, with Revolution Day (Nov 20), the Virgin of Guadalupe's saint's day (Dec 12), and several other celebrations. There's always something going on from September to December. From here And this... "In 1734, Guadalajara was being wiped out by a plague. The little virgin was brought into town and carried up and down the streets, block by block, until every section of the city was covered. As the tiny image passed the houses of the sick people, they were immedialtely cured and arose from their sick beds to go about their work. For this reason the Virgin is called the patron saint of all plagues, as well as of storms and lightnings." The other side of Rome, John Wilder And this is from Newsweek, June 7, 1957... "The title of queen was bestowed on her in January of 1921, when she was crowned with a crown of gold. In January, 1940, by direction of Pope Pius XII, the sanctuary of La Virgincita was elevated to the dignity, title, and category of a Minor Basilica." "What does basilica mean? Historically, a basilica was the meeting hall of the Roman world where law was administered and public speaking events held. As Christianity took hold in the West, large churches were given the name basilica. In canon law, the term "basilica" denotes a distinguished church upon which either ancient custom or papal decree has bestowed that name as a title of honor. The pope may confer basilican rank in the minor degree to churches whose merit warrant such high honor, as in the case of the Basilica of the Assumption. To honor the great history of this cathedral, Pope Pius XI raised the Baltimore cathedral to the rank of a minor basilica on Sept. 1, 1937. Thus the Basilica of the Assumption has the right to display the papal bell, the tintinnabulum, and the papal umbrella, the conopoeum." http://www.catholicreview.org/articles2/basic/Whatdoesbasilicamean.htm Can you say, Pagan Idolatry ?