Mexican mariachis serenade Saint Cecilia to give thanks

Musicians and their families attended masses for Saint Cecilia, with gatherings in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe and in Garibaldi Square.

During the service, mariachis serenaded small statues of Saint Cecilia dressed in traditional mariachi attire.

Mariachis originated in the 19th century in the western state of Jalisco where they performed at festivals and weddings.

The name 'mariachi' comes from the French soldiers who arrived in Mexico in the 1800s. They called the musicians "marriage," because they often performed at ceremonies.

Today mariachis don't only perform at nuptials but also at any occasion that's worth celebrating.

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