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Holidays are important in the Mexican culture and among them is “Candlemas / Día de la Candelaria Day!”

An article from somewhereintheworldtoday elaborates on this holiday:
The celebration of Candlemas originated in the late fifth century and it is celebrated with most enthusiasm in South America, Mexico and Spain. Candles are blessed, lit, and carried in colorful processions in celebration of Jesus being the light of the world. It is also the celebration of the purification of Mary, forty days after the birth of Jesus.

In many countries, Candlemas is seen as the end of the Christmas season, when the decorations are taken down, the greenery burned with the remnants of the Yule log and the ashes spread over the gardens to ensure a good harvest.

Celebrated in many countries, different traditions arise:

France: Candlemas is celebrated with crêpes, which must be eaten only after 8pm. If the cook can flip a crêpe one handed whilst holding a coin in the other hand, the family is assured of prosperity throughout the coming year.

Ancient Britain: Celts celebrated with foods made with butter and milk – bannocks, for example were a type of flat griddle scone.

Southern and Central Mexico, and Guatemala City: Día de La Candelaria is celebrated with tamales, a traditional Latin American dish made of starchy corn dough, steamed and wrapped in a leaf. Tamales are often filled with meats, cheese, vegetables, chillies etc. The Spanish throw a party, hosted by the person who found the baby Jesus in the Roscón cake at Epiphany.

Grab a bite at Bolillo Tortas to celebrate Candlemastoday!