August 14, 2007 > Multicultural Fair
By Vidya Pradhan
Our Lady of Guadalupe, also called the Virgin of Guadalupe, is one of Mexico's most popular religious and cultural images. Legend has it that St. Juan Diego saw a vision of a Virgin at the hill of Tepeyac, a borough in Mexico. Our Lady of Guadalupe asked him to build an abbey at the site but when Juan Diego went to his bishop, he was asked for a miraculous sign to prove his story was true. So the Virgin told Juan Diego to gather flowers from the hill, even though it was winter and no flowers were blooming. Juan Diego found Spanish roses and presented them to his bishop. The Basilica of Guadalupe was built on the hill where Juan Diego saw the apparition. Our Lady of Guadalupe has ever since been an enduring symbol for a united Mexico and has also become a part of Fremont's multicultural heritage.
The parishes of St. Leonard and Santa Paula in central Fremont united in 2001 to form a single parish. Bishop John Cummings renamed it Our Lady of Guadalupe in 2003. Currently, parishioners have been divided among the two existing churches but the diocese has plans to build a single church, bringing the parish together.
In order to raise money for the building fund, the parish started a multicultural fair last year which was a big success, with attendance in the thousands. This year, the multicultural fair is being held on August 18 and 19.
On both days, events will begin by welcoming the Virgin followed by a Mass by pastors Fr. John Prochaska and Fr. Antonio Valdivia. A fun-filled weekend with mariachi and other Mexican music, Latino dancing and samplings from many regional cuisines is promised.
The fair also features a Car and Bike Show on Saturday. Interested participants can register on the same day between 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
Festivities will entertain visitors from 9 a.m. till 10 p.m. both days, with the final hours devoted to music and dancing. Various regional bands have been invited to display their talents, including the 'Zarape' band, 'Ritmo Nuevo' and 'Shaddai' Phillipino choir.
Second Multicultural Fair
Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish
40382 Fremont Blvd., Fremont
(510) 228-2534 or (510)386-7292 or (510)791-1846
Adults: $2.00; Children: Free