It is the month of February, and it is a beautiful month in which the weather in Oaxaca is one of the best in the year, and if you want to know what to do visit the guide I prepared for you for this month.
In February there are almost no festivities, but if there is at least one, what is it and how did it come about? Here I tell you this and more about the Candelaria festivity.
Candelaria is the celebration of the Virgin of Candelaria, most likely originated in Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, it is associated with the presentation of the Child Jesus to the temple, because his mother Mary, presents him, presents him to the light of the world. This also marks the end of the Christmas season.
THE TAMALES IN THE CANDELARIA
The tradition of celebrating Candlemas is not Mexican but eating tamales on this day, but why?
Tamales are an icon of Mexican gastronomy, and especially I think Oaxacan, because Oaxacan tamales are quite famous, but in general tamales had pre-Hispanic origins, and were offered to the Aztec gods on these dates to thank that begins a new crop cycle, and with the arrival of the Spanish, it became an offering to our relatives, and to the Child God and the Virgin.
WHO PAYS FOR THE CANDELARIA TAMALES?
Tradition says that whoever gets the little doll in the donut that is eaten on Three Kings Day, must pay for the tamales, so that they continue to give blessings, because the doll represents abundance, and by the way the doll does not symbolize just any doll, but represents the Baby Jesus.
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