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 the Roman Catholic Church at the Vatican in Rome on December 8, 1854 by Pope Pius IX.
Día de las Velitas 2019
Celebrate Día de las Velitas (Day of the Little Candles) on Saturday, December 7, 2019.
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.