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Dia de la Candelaria

February 2nd

Dia de la Candelaria (Candlemas)

This celebration marking the mid-point between the winter solstice and the spring equinox is a hybrid of Catholic and indigenous ritual. In Catholic tradition February 2nd as the day Christ was presented to the temple, since women in ancient times were not able to go out in public for forty days after giving birth. The Mexican Dia de la Candelaria includes a tradition of dressing up dolls representing the Christ child, el niño Dios, in fine clothes and presenting them to the church.

The other, more indigenous aspect of this celebration, is about preparing the earth for the coming year’s planting season. In San Miguel de Allende, the Juarez Park is a profusion of color with a huge weeklong plant sale that marks the coming of spring.

Also during Candelaria, neighborhood tamale parties are hosted by the lucky individual who bit into the tiny plastic muneca, or doll, in his/her slice of the Rosca de Reyes on Three King’s Day, January 6th, the day when Mexican children receive their presents.

For more information: www.internetsanmiguel.com


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