Monday, February 06, 2012

Mexican Traditions - Día de la Candelaria (Candlemas Day)

Mexico is a Country very well known for its many and quite interesting traditions. As a Mexican, I find it important not only to follow traditions and enjoy them but to spread the word about them and reach as many people as possible. I wanna show people Mexico is much more than just Tequila, Tacos and Cactus: Mexico is an incredibly rich country in many ways, full of great people, culture, food and, of course, traditions.

One of the first great traditions of the year is the "Día de la Candelaria" or Candlemas, which is celebrated on February 2nd. It is mainly a religious and family celebration, but in some places, such as Tlacotalpan, Veracruz, it is a major party with bullfights and parades. People all over Mexico on this date dress up figures of baby Jesus and take him to the church to be blessed, and they wrap up the holiday by getting together with family and friends to eat and continue the celebration.

This holiday is a follow-up to the festivities of King's Day on January 6th, when children receive gifts and families and friends break bread together, specifically Rosca de Reyes, a special sweet bread with figurines hidden inside. The person (or people) who get the figurines on Kings Day are supposed to host the party on Candlemas Day when, traditionally, Tamales are the food of choice.

Me and my family shared some Tamales trying to follow the tradition and, besides being delicious, they photograph well. Now take a look at these photos and tell me you don't want a bite of this!




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