Día De La Candelaria

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Venture Realty International

Día De La Candelaria


Yesterday was a holiday here in Mexico called Día de la Candelaria.  It basically is the Home Made Tamales in Tijuanasame as Candlemas, which is the "Presentation of Christ in the Temple".You may be familiar with the custom of taking candles to the church to be blessed.   

Día de la Candelaria is celebrated throughout Latin American countries with each country having a few unique ideas for the celebration.

Another religious celebration actually leads into this one.  In January, there is also a celebration  Día de Los Reyes Magos (Three Kings Day or Epiphany), In the first celebration, traditionally the family has a cake called the "Rosca de Reyes" (King Cake) and the cake contains  a tiny doll, "El Nino",  symbolizing the baby Jesus.  The custom is for  the person who got ‘El Niño’ to serve tamales for Día de la Candelaria.   I found out all about this last year when my portion of the cake contained  "El Nino". 

Tamales were a common food in the civilizations of the Aztecs, the Mayas, the Olmecs and the Toltecs.   It is also claimed that the Aztecs chose the date of Feb 2nd to have their seeds blessed. Their reliance on corn also led to the choice of corn tamales

I also learned that people will dress a baby Jesus figurine and take him to mass for a blessing. It was my understanding that this custom is found in central Mexico but yesterday, I saw several men and women with their figurines.

The celebration is generally more of a private event with friends and families, but in some areas, such as Veracruz, there are large fiestas and even bullfights to celebrate the day.

Home made tamaleWe found a small stand with homemade tamales and they were great -- the only bad part of the day was that I could not share tamales with my friends here in the Rain.







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Comments (6)

Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Gary, tamales are just about my favorite food group!  Thank heavens for Trader Joes for making tamales easy.

Feb 03, 2016 10:23 AM
Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Love our Great City - Love our Clients! Buckhead - Midtown - Westside - Atlanta, GA
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Gary Coles (International Referrals) 
You are making me hungry!
Now I have to go rob the refrigerator!
Hugs - Lynn

Feb 03, 2016 10:32 AM
Gary Coles (International Referrals)
Venture Realty International - Las Vegas, NV
Latin America Real Estate

Good evening Patricia Kennedy I think I am getting spoiled with the tamales here in Mexico  -- they are a fantastic food group.


Feb 03, 2016 11:58 AM
Gary Coles (International Referrals)
Venture Realty International - Las Vegas, NV
Latin America Real Estate

Good evening Lynn B. Friedman I have to admit that I took a break to eat in the middle of writing my post. Take care and I hope your week is fantastic.

Feb 03, 2016 12:00 PM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Gary. How very fascinating. I enjoy learning about traditions everywhere. I wish you could share the tomales with us too.

Feb 03, 2016 11:00 PM
Gary Coles (International Referrals)
Venture Realty International - Las Vegas, NV
Latin America Real Estate

Good morning Sheila Anderson It really is fun learning about traditions  --especially when food is involved.  Have a great day.

Feb 04, 2016 12:37 AM