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Friday, December 14, 2007

Poetry Friday - Dedicated to La Virgen de Guadalupe - Tonantzin

On December 12th, at 2a.m. I was out at Placita Olvera (Olvera Street) dancing barefoot on the cold ground along with many, many others to pay homage to the Virgen de Guadalupe. Before I left, I wrote up a post about her and how much she means to me, my family and to the Mexican people. See the December 11th post for more about La Virgen Morena.

There is poetry to her as well as songs written in her honor. I thought I'd include some here along with the words to Las Manañitas - the traditional birthday song that we sing to her on her feast day.

Las Mañanitas is a traditional Mexican song that is sung on birthdays and other important holidays. It is often sung as an early morning serenade to wake up a loved one. At birthday parties it is sung before the cake is cut.

Las Mañanitas Lyrics:

Estas son las mañanitas
que cantaba el rey David
a las muchachas bonitas
te las cantamos aquí

Si el sereno de la esquina
me quisiera hacer favor
de apagar su linternita
mientras que pasa mi amor

Despierta mi bien despierta
mira que ya amaneció
ya los pajarillos cantan
la luna ya se metió

Ahora sí señor sereno
le agradezco su favor
encienda su linternita
que ya ha pasado mi amor

Amapolita adorada
de los llanos de Tepic
si no estás enamorada
enamórate de mí

Despierta mi bien despierta
mira que ya amaneció
ya los pajarillos cantan
la luna ya se metió

Here's just about the whole of Mexico singing it to her in the Basilica

and check this out!

The round up is here at The Miss Rumphius Effect. Thanks for hosting Tricia!


TadMack said...

Hey G,
I love these. It always makes me teary that an entire nation would have such devotion to a religious icon. We've been invited to a Las Posadas procession this weekend -- which will be really weird to do in Scotland!! But what the heck, right?

Thanks for sharing!

Mary Lee said...

Wow! Thanks for this post and for the one you wrote on 12/11. We'll remember Tonantzin at our Solstice celebration this year!