Editor's Note: Due to a scheduling oversight, this lovely contribution from Veronica Jarski was delayed -- but this image of Our Lady of Guadalupe is so lovely, I know you'll enjoy sharing it with the special children in your life. A huge thank you to Veronica for sharing her gifts with us. Please be sure to visit her wonderful website Paper Dali for more creative ideas! LMH

December 12 is the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe!

Here is a black and white drawing of Our Lady of Guadalupe. I did not color her in because I thought it might be fun for the kids to learn the symbols and meanings of the colors, color her, cut her out and then use her in playing.


Here's the key to the symbols and colors:

Sash: The position of the sash (it's up high) and the folds in the tunic show that the lady is pregnant. The color should be black, which is symbolic of the Aztec maternity belt.

Pattern of the dress: Be sure to draw decorative flowers. The flor y canto pattern (flower and song) connect her to the native people and suggest divine revelation.

Her dress: A light rose/pale red is for the color of dawn. This color was hugely important to Aztecs, who saw considered the color to be the symbol of life, blood and earth.

Stars on the mantle: The eight-point gold stars are arranged as they would have appeared to Juan Diego in the night sky that winter in December 1531. Mary is also known as the Queen of Heaven, hence the stars.

Mantle: The blue-green color is the one worn by royalty according to the native people. The gold trim is symbolic of royalty and a person meriting great respect.

Moon: The moon was worshipped by the native peopole. By her stepping on them, it shows how the old gods do not exist, only the one god. Color the moon black.

Angel: In Aztec culture, only honored people would ever be carried around on someone else's shoulders. The angel supporting the Blessed Mother show that she deserves the highest honors and that even angels care for her. Color the angel wings maroon, gray and blue.

You can download Our Lady of Guadalupe, Juan Diego, and his sick uncle here.

Copyright 2011 Veronica Jarski