February 2, Faith & Fiesta Celebration

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Día de la Candelaria, or Candlemas, is celebrated throughout Mexico on February 2nd. It is mainly a religious and family celebration, but in some places, it is a major fiesta with bullfights and parades. Throughout Mexico people dress up figurines of the baby Jesus Christ and take him to the church to be blessed, also there are many get togethers with family and friends to eat more tamales!

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Baby Jesus figurines
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Many people dress the baby Jesus in white and take him to church to be blessed.

The baby Jesus and the special clothing sells out quickly at our mercado, it’s common for people to also gift them during the holidays.

The person or people that got the plastic baby Jesus in the Rosca de Reyes is traditionally suppose to host the tamales party! Did you get a baby Jesus? If so, you better swing into El Burrito Mercado‘s deli for tamales!

Whoever got the baby Jesus from Jan 6 Rosca de Reyes hosts the tamales party!
Whoever got the baby Jesus from Jan 6 Rosca de Reyes hosts the tamales party!
Be sure to get plenty of tamales! Invite all those with whom you shared the Rosca de Reyes!
Be sure to get plenty of tamales! Invite all those with whom you shared the Rosca de Reyes!

February 2 is also officially known as the first Groundhog Day celebration! How will you celebrate February 2? Dressing up the baby Jesus or wait to see if he hedgehog (or badger) will see its shadow and six more weeks of winter will follow?  Whatever you choose to celebrate, will surely include food!

Of course, if you are celebrating Dia de la Candelaria  you’ll need plenty of tamales and hot chocolate!

Feliz de la Candelaria!

Milissa

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