761 Views |  1

Celebrate Día de las Velitas, the Colombian Christmas tradition

Celebrate Día de las Velitas (Day of the Little Candles) on Friday, December 7, 2018.

Día de las Velitas (Day of the Little Candles) is a Colombian Christmas tradition of lighting crowds of candles on the night of December 7 to celebrate the proclamation of the Immaculate Conception by the Roman Catholic Church at the Vatican in Rome on December 8, 1854 by Pope Pius IX.


Día de las Velitas Commemorates the Immaculate Conception

The are lots of religious details around the issue, but the proclamation of the Immaculate Conception basically acknowledges that the female and male aspects of divinity are equal.

It is said that Catholics all over the world lit candles in anticipation of the proclamation. Día de las Velitas memorializes this moment.

Día de las Velitas traditions vary by region in Colombia. Medellín is famous for its Día de las Velitas. There it blends with the Jewish Hanukkah festival of lights tradition.

Día de las Velitas in Medellín, Colombian in 2007 courtesy of laloking97

Día de las Velitas in Medellín, Colombian in 2007 courtesy of laloking97

 


 

Please follow and like us:
onpost_follow