Día de las Velitas (Day of the Little Candles) is a Colombian holiday tradition of lighting rows and rows of candles on the night of December 7 to celebrate the proclamation of the Immaculate Conception by Pope Pius IX at the Vatican in Rome on December 8, 1854.
Día de las Velitas 2023
Celebrate Día de las Velitas on Thursday, December 7, 2023.
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 commemorates this moment.
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.