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Celebration of Candlemas Day in Mexico

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DMTX. Mexico celebrates Candlemas Day, which marks the end of the Christmas period and coincides with the date that Jesus was presented in the temple of God in Jewish-Christian morals. Mexico City, Me

Mexico celebrates Candlemas Day, which marks the end of the Christmas period and coincides with the date that Jesus was presented in the temple of God in Jewish-Christian morals. Mexico City, Mexico. 02/02/2010.

Despite being a Christian festival, in Mexico is the result of a syncretic process in which convergence characteristics of the prehispanic cultures, colonial period and the Christian traditions of Europe and the Middle East.

In some parts of the country, this date marks the beginning of the year and that’s why indigenous groups "bless" the seeds that will be used during harvest time. They also "bless" candles, which according to Mexican traditions can ward off evils and diseases of people.

The traditional food of this celebration are the “tamales” and the “atole”, which should be offered to the guests for those people who found a plastic effigy with the figure of baby Jesus, in the Rosca de Reyes on January 6.

El 2 de febrero se celebra el día de la Candelaria en México. A diferencia de otras partes del mundo, en México la festividad consiste en presentar al niño Jesús en las iglesias para que éste sea bendecido. El niño Jesús es “levantado” de los nacimientos colocados durante la época navideña y se le lleva a distintos templos para que los sacerdotes les arrojen agua “bendita”.

Esta celebración marca el final del periodo navideño, ya que coincide con la fecha en que Jesús fue presentado en el templo de Dios, según las costumbres judío-cristianas.

A pesar de ser una fiesta cristiana, en México es producto de un proceso sincrético en donde convergen características de las culturas prehispánicas, del periodo colonial y de las tradiciones cristianas de Europa y Medio Oriente.

En algunas partes del país, esta fecha indica el inicio del año y por ello grupos indígenas “bendicen” las semillas que serán utilizadas durante la época de cosecha. También son “bendecidas” veladoras o “candelas”, las cuales de acuerdo con las tradiciones mexicanas pueden alejar los males y las enfermedades de las personas.

La comida tradicional de esta celebración son los tamales y el atole, los cuales deben ser ofrecidos a los invitados por aquellas personas que, al partir la rosca de Reyes el 6 de enero, encontraron una efigie de plástico con la figura del niño Jesús.

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