The Virgin of Zapopan Visits the Island of the Scorpions
Every July, the Virgin of Zapopan, which is one of Mexico’s most important Catholic icons, makes an annual visit to Chapala. She travels with an escort of dancers, bikers and clergy from her home in the basilica in Zapopan, located in the suburbs northwest of Guadalajara, for a procession and mass. As Lake Chapala’s reina (queen), she visits Chapala each year to bless the lake and bring good fortune to those who earn their livelihood from its waters.
The morning after the procession, hundreds of parishioners accompany the virgin on small boats to the nearby Island of the Scorpions for another mass and a fish fry.
This year, 2020, the activities for the Virgin of Zapopan have been canceled due to COVID and the mass will instead be livestreamed on Facebook.