GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A celebration was held in Grand Rapids Sunday night in honor of a Catholic tradition.

People in the Hispanic community gathered at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church for a local version of what’s known as the ‘Our Lady of Guadalupe Pilgrimage.’ More than 600 people joined in the pilgrimage, the Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids said.

Monday, Dec. 12, is the feast day honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe. To Catholic believers, the date is the anniversary of one of several apparitions of the Virgin Mary witnessed by St. Juan Diego, an indigenous Mexican man, in 1531.

Sunday night’s pilgrimage included dancers in authentic dress and live music.

People gathered in Grand Rapids for a local version of Our Lady of Guadalupe Pilgrimage.
People gathered in Grand Rapids for a local version of Our Lady of Guadalupe Pilgrimage.

On Monday, around 2,500 attended Mass at the shrine of St. Francis Xavier and Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Catholic Diocese of Grand Rapids said.