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Today is Dia de la Candelaria...let's all celebrate!

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Today is Dia de la Candelaria...let's all celebrate!

Dia de la Candelaria, or Candlemas (in English), is celebrated throughout Mexico on February 2nd.

It is mainly a religious and family celebration where Mexican people dress up the figures of baby Jesus and take him to the church to be blessed.

It is a follow-up to the festivities of Kings Day on January 6th, when children receive gifts and families and friends break bread together called Rosca de Reyes, a special sweet bread with figurines hidden inside. The people who received the figurines on Kings Day are supposed to host the party on Candlemas Day. Tamales are the food of choice! YUM!!

February 2nd also marks the mid-way point between the winter solstice and spring equinox and has long been thought to be a predictor of the weather to come, much like what Groundhog day is in the USA. In many places in Mexico it is traditionally a time to prepare the earth for spring planting.

February 2nd also falls forty days after Christmas, and is the day where Christmas decorations are taken down and put away for another year.

I love all of the Mexican festivals...they always seem to have food involved!! Let's all go enjoy some tamales!!

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1. Re: Today is Dia de la Candelaria...let's all celebrate!

You are very right...says my scale...food is ALWAYS involved! You left out 1 little detail Judy. With the Rosca de Reyes is normally severed delicious hot chocolate. Not something I would normally think of having in this climate!

We did the Kings' Day stuff with our Mexican family. The hubbys got the baby Jesus figures (there were 12 of them in our pastel). And, according to tradition, and with lots of love and laughter, they made the tamales yesterday for us. You are right again.....yum. And of course you don't make just a dozen tamales, so we all have tamales in our freezer for future enjoyment. I wrapped them individually, so we can have a snack whenever we want without tipping that scale too much.

We also love many of the family traditions of Mexico and are truly blessed to have several wonderful Mexican friends to teach us and share with us.

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