Thousands of pilgrims flooded the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City on Thursday, to mark the day in which, according to the tradition, the Virgin appeared to San Juan Diego at the mountain of Tepeyac.

Pilgrims from all over Latin America and Mexico came to offer their prayers and beg the Virgin Mary's intercession, as they carried flowers and pictures of the Lady of Guadalupe. Many also honour

Tonantzin, the Aztec mother goddess, which was worshipped long before the Virgin Mary in the area.

"Many of the things that we have demanded have been granted, and that is the faith that moves us year after year," said a worshipper.

Around 20 million tourists and pilgrims visit the Basilica every year, in what is considered the biggest pilgrimage of the Catholic world.

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