Locals carrying statues of Mary of Guadalupe on their back in preparation for the upcoming festival

Religion in Isla Mujeres

Religion in Isla Mujeres


The Cemetery

The cemetery was beautiful to visit. Each grave has a special area where families can celebrate their loved ones on the Day of the Dead. They were very colourful

The Patron Saint

Our Lady of Guadalupe is the patron saint of Mexico and many houses had a shrine dedicated to her, either outside or inside or both. During the buildup to Her feast day there were often prayer groups held in the evening and many shrines with lights were displayed at night. We saw a pilgrimage of bicycles carry statues. And we saw people praying outside a house if the house was too small to host all the guests. In some of the common areas there were rosters of who would be leading the prayers on what day.

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