‘Feast Days for Our Lady of Guadalupe’ at Tortugas Pueblo are Dec. 10-12


The annual "Feast Days for our Lady of Guadalupe" at Tortugas Pueblo south of Las Cruces will be held Saturday-Monday, Dec. 10-12, said Tortugas Pueblo President Bill Acosta.

“This year our fiesta will be open to the public again, as it had been in previous years prior to the Covid pandemic,” Acosta said. “We do invite the public to join and participate with us.”

There is no charge to attend.

“This is a very sacred event for us in Tortugas Pueblo, so as always, we request that people are respectful of that and act accordingly,” he said.

The fiesta begins at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, “when we will bring our image of Our Lady of Guadalupe out from her Capilla and take her in procession to our Casa de Pueblo where we will have our rosary/velorio, with our Danzantes dance group dancing as well,” Acosta said.

That event will continue until Sunday morning, Dec. 11, he said.

Also on Sunday, there will be a procession “to the top of Tortugas Mountain via Tortugas Trail,” he said. “There will be a mass given on top, presided by Bishop of the Diocese of Las Cruces, the Most Rev. Peter Baldacchino. At sunset we will process back down to Tortugas Pueblo lead by our Capitanes.

“On the last day of our event, (Monday) Dec. 12, we will celebrate mass in the morning and have our traditional native dancing throughout the day.”

For more information, contact Acosta at 575-805-6055.