Glendale’s Forest Lawn Starts Holiday Season With a Bilingual Service, Music and Dancing

Photo of the Virgin Mary surrounded by red roses

Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration at Forest Lawn in Glendale

Forest Lawn’s virtual celebration of the feast day Our Lady of Guadalupe (Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe) will commence the 2020 holiday season.

By News Desk

This observance of one of the most significant Mexican holidays will be a brightly colored and vivid event, bringing pageantry honoring the patron saint of the Americas into the homes of viewers. On Sunday, December 6, 2020, the authentic ceremony will include a bilingual religious service, Mariachi music, and a Ballet Folklorico Internacional dance performance.


Highlights for the virtual event include:

  • Bilingual service led by Father Mario Juarez from Christ Cathedral in Orange County.
  • Mariachi music performed by Mariachi Juvenil Herencia Mexicana.
  • Dance performance by Ballet Folklorico Internacional.

“Forest Lawn looks forward to bringing this year’s Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration into the homes of our community,” said Rodolfo Saenz, Senior Vice President, Marketing. “The vibrant virtual celebration is a beautiful way to honor the patron saint of the Americas and to kick off the holiday season.”

How to attend

Forest Lawn’s Our Lady of Guadalupe (Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe celebration will take place virtually on Sunday, December 6, 2020, from 2:00–4:00 PM. Streaming is available via Forest Lawn’s Facebook page, live and following the event at: (

The feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe

The feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe celebrates the belief that Saint Juan Diego—the first indigenous American Roman Catholic saint and a patron to indigenous Americans—encountered the Virgin 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.


Edited by Ann HUnnewell

News Desk

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