On August 9, there is a beautiful ceremony celebrating the arrival of the historic statue of the Virgen de Guanajuato to the city in 1557. The statue is removed from her glass case and placed on a huge, flower-decorated and lighted bier for closer inspection. After a special Mass and Rosary service, men of the parish carry this heavy bier with the statue around the church and outside for the crowds to see. Special hymns written for the occasion are sung and Aztec dancers perform outside. Later the Aztecs come inside to sing and pray and pay homage to the Virgin. The evening ceremony culminates in fireworks, after three hours of prayer, incense, music and adoration. The next day an embroidered velvet mantilla is placed on the statue, and townspeople walk under it to ensure the protection of their Patron Saint.