My favorite part of the celebration takes place later in the day. Parents dress up their children in traditional peasant clothes - the little boys as little Juan Diegos and the girls as ... well, the female equivalent. They take them to the church to be blessed, and then outside the church there are stalls set up for the children to have their picture taken with an image of the Virgin. This, to me, is somewhat reminiscent of kids in the U.S. and Canada having their picture taken with Santa.
Photo © 2006 Benito Hernández Leyva