Friday, February 3, 2012

Día de la Candelaria in Mexico

A very special time of the year in Mexico is the
celebration of
Día de la Candelaria
In Mexico this holiday is celebrated as Día de la Candelaria, known as Candlemas in English, because candles were brought to the church to be blessed. 
Día de la Candelaria is a follow-up to the festivities of Kings Day on January 6th, when families and friends break bread together, specifically Rosca de Reyes, a special sweet bread with plastic figures of the baby Jesus hidden inside. The person (or people) who received the figurines on Kings Day (January 6th)  are supposed to host a party on Candlemas Day. Tamales are the food of choice.
This is particularly a special time for the family of our daughter-in-law, Marcela.
For years her mother has "hosted" the event of clothing
the statue of the Virgin Mary for the celebration of
Día de la Candelaria.
The fabric that is used is exquisite.
The dress has been made by several different seamstresses
but it is always a creation to admire.
Before we left Mexico last week we were invited to
view the dress before it was placed on the statue.
This statue is several hundred years old and came from
Spain. As you can tell by the pictures, it is beautiful!

I am linking to
My Romantic Home
for Show and Tell Friday


Ann said...

What an exqusite dress and what a beautiful celebration. When my husband was in the Air Force in Albuquerque we became friends with some very special people from Mexico and they became our "Parents" away from home. We were able to attend a lot of their celebrations like you have described. What an awsome culture.


What a beautiful Virgin, the Candelaria. How are you pretty lady, how is your pretty quinceañera? She must be sweet 16 by now, lol. Mexican culture is so rich, as almost all Latin America as the Spaniards have such rich culture in every sense and than each country adds it's own ethnicity and voila! Thanks for sharing. Happy weekend and happy Valentines.

Nancy's Notes said...

What an beautiful dress and what a celebration! Thanks for sharing!


Betsy said...

What a beautiful dress. Thank you for sharing this wonderful tradition and celebration.

Martha said...

Gosh, what a beautiful dress. Don't you just love traditions?

Sarah said...

Karen, thanks for sharing this interesting post. I always learn something new from you. Happy Pink Saturday. ~ sarah

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