Can you imagine million of people brought together by the same feeling? Such are the Pilgrimage of Zapopan, the third most important pilgrimage in the whole country. You do not need to be a parishioner, just allow yourself to feel the devotion of thousands of people towards “La Generala”, as many call Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception.
The virgin and guardian of the Basilica of Zapopan was made by indigenous hands using the traditional cane paste technique. Ever since the 16th century the local resident believe that the image protects them from lightings and storms.
Every October 12 “La Generala” begins her tour in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Guadalajara. At dawn, more than 16 thousand dancers make their way through the street. A large contingent is formed when artisans, merchants, and parishioners from all over the country come together during 7 km of pilgrimage.
The final point is the Basilica of Zapopan, a most imposing construction built between 1690 and 1730, flanked by the Franciscan convent and built with beautiful regional quarry, home of the virgin Zapopan. Far from being lost in time, this pilgrimage tradition of pilgrimage brings together even more and more people, year after year in this exciting journey.