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Celebrations in Mexico, El Salvador and New York City for the Virgin of Guadalupe

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A pilgrim carries a statue of the Virgin of Guadalupe to the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City, Monday Dec. 12, 2011. Thousands of people from all over the country converge on the basilica bringing images to be blessed on the feast day of the Virgin of Guadalupe.

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Pilgrims sleep at Basilica's square during the celebration of Virgin of Guadalupe's Day in Mexico city on Monday.

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A pilgrim carries a statue of the Virgin of Guadalupe during the celebration of Virgin of Guadalupe Day at Basilica's square in Mexico city on Monday.

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Dancers march toward a mass for the feast day of the Virgin of Guadalupe at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York, Monday, Dec. 12, 2011. The dancers were celebrating the end of a torch relay from Mexico City to New York that honors the Virgin of Guadalupe, a popular Roman Catholic icon throughout Latin America. The torch relay is also a symbolic gesture of solidarity with immigrants that enter the United States from Mexico.

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A woman attends to the Guadalupe basilica during the commemoration of Virgin of Guadalupe day in San Salvador, El Salvador, on Monday.

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A child dressed as Juan Diego -indigenous Mexican who reported the apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe in 1531- poses in front of the statue of the Virgin of Guadalupe, at the ''Basilica of Guadalupe'' in San Salvador, El Salvador on Monday during the celebrations for the Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe.

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