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 Día de las Velitas. There it blends with the Jewish Hanukkah festival of lights tradition.
Día de las Velitas in 2017
I’m not sure why my research at New York Latin Culture Magazine tends to reflect current events. Isn’t it interesting to celebrate the divinity of women at the moment when the actions of our Sex Predator President and the complicity of the Grand Old Pedophiles have unleashed a national discussion about sexual harassment?
Like the celebration, ten thousand little lights need to turn on inside us that disrespecting women disrespects the divinity inside us all.
It’s interesting how many cultural celebrations actually invite us to look within and be better people somehow.