On the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, December 12, many parishes with a Latino community will begin the feast day at dawn with the celebration of "Las Mananitas" (little morning songs).
Starting at 5 or 6am, the celebration includes lively mariachi music, the Rosary, the wearing of traditional costumes, and singing of the "Las Mananitas" hymn. Usually a reception follows, with delicious Mexican hot chocolate, tasty cookies and pastries.
This festival is a vibrant example of Catholic culture that can be enjoyed by people of any background. Call your local diocesan office, or the local Spanish-speaking parish, to find a Las Mananitas celebration near you.