Matteo’s Moments: Dia de la Candelaria

Posted: February 2, 2012

Author: Journey Mexico

Dia de la CandelariaToday’s Matteo’s Moments is a follow up to the Jan. 6th, Día de Los Reyes webisode in which Jenny, Andrea, Miguel, and Diego each found a baby Jesus (or a wise man) in their piece of the Rosca de Reyes. According to Mexican tradition and much to the delight of the rest of the office, those who find baby Jesus and the wise men must bring tamales for everyone on Feb. 2nd, Dia de la Candelaria.

In this episode of Matteo’s Moments, Matteo gives you an overview of the Dia de la Candelaria tradition, but you can find more about Dia de la Candelaria at this Mexican cooking and culture blog: The Other Side of the Tortilla.

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5 Responses to “Matteo’s Moments: Dia de la Candelaria”

  1. cervando ocegueda

    This is a syncretism. For the ancient mexicans feb.2 marks the mid-way point between the winter solstice and spring equinox. This day they would worship “TLALOC” Tamales were part of the offering.
    But if you count the days from christmas to feb.2 there are 40 days. (Jesus would have been presented to the temple on feb.2) according to the jewish law.
    Jesus represents the light. ( the candle)
    Happy groundhog day!

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