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Photo Gallery: Mole and tamales for Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration

Norberta Rodriguez places tamales in a pot to steam as community members prepare for the Feast of Our Lady Guadalupe on Tuesday. “My mom inspired me to start this tradition here in 1998,” Rodriguez said in Spanish. “Ours is the main altar that started it all.”

 (Raul Roa / Staff Photographer)

Rosario Rojas pulls out the first of some 1,000 tamales made for the Feast of Our Lady Guadalupe celebration, at a home in Huntington Beach on Tuesday. The tamales will be given to those who come visit their elaborate altar for the Virgin of Guadalupe, which is set up in the front yard of the home.

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Community members help make about 1,000 tamales for the Feast of Our Lady Guadalupe celebration, at a home in Huntington Beach on Tuesday.

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Rosario Rojas holds one of the 1,000 tamales made for the Feast of Our Lady Guadalupe celebration at a home in Huntington Beach on Tuesday.

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Chocolate is hand ground to make mole sauce.

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Enriqueta Rodriguez prepares onions, tomatoes and garlic for mole sauce in Huntington Beach on Saturday.

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Some of the 300 pounds of tamale mix that will make about 1,000 tamales for the Feast of Our Lady Guadalupe celebration on Tuesday.

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Community members help make about 1,000 tamales for the Feast of Our Lady Guadalupe celebration on Tuesday.

 (Raul Roa / Staff Photographer)

From left, Enriqueta Rodriguez, Olga Rodriguez and Norberta Rodriguez cook the mole paste after preparing the ingredients for more than five hours at their home in Huntington Beach on Saturday.

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Elvira Mendez cooks pork meat for the tamales which will be served  at for the Feast of Our Lady Guadalupe celebration.

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Community members help make about 1,000 tamales for the Feast of Our Lady Guadalupe celebration on Tuesday.

 (Raul Roa / Staff Photographer)

Olga Rodriguez and Cinthia Chavarria grind sesame seeds for mole paste in Huntington Beach on Saturday.

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Nuts are ground up for mole paste at a home in Huntington Beach.

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Some of the 1,000 tamales made by community members for the Feast of Our Lady Guadalupe celebration.

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Elvira Mendez, left, and Felipa Barrera cook pork for tamales for the Feast of Our Lady Guadalupe celebration.

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Community members shred pork to help make about 1,000 tamales for the Feast of Our Lady Guadalupe celebration.

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Norberta Rodriguez perpares a variety of chiles  on Saturday in readiness for the Feast of Our Lady Guadalupe celebration on Tuesday.

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Tamales wait to be steamed the Feast of Our Lady Guadalupe celebration in Huntington Beach.

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Some of the ingredients for mole paste include coriander seeds, black pepper, bay leaves, oregano, cumin and cloves.

 (Raul Roa / Staff Photographer)
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