Christmas is a time full of magic and joy, celebrating various traditions and rituals that express the spirit of the season. One of the most important is “Día de las Velitas” or “Noche de Velitas”, which is held in Colombia.

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On December night, thousands of candles are lit on the streets, windows, balconies or terraces of houses, creating a dazzling spectacle as a way to welcome the most beautiful time of the year.

Candles have a religious meaning. Photo: Pixabay

The town of Quimbaya, in Quindí, was the first to celebrate the Day of Candles in the 20th century, as a way of honoring the Immaculate Conception of Mary, according to El País. This custom spread throughout the country and became a national holiday, adds the same media.

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What is the meaning of Candlemas Day?

Candles have a deep religious meaning because they represent the light of Jesus and the purity of Mary, the aforementioned portal states.

Believers light them as an expression of their faith, but also to seek protection and blessings.

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When and at what time are the candles lit?

The candle-lighting ceremony is celebrated every December 7, and the designated time for lighting them is 7:00 p.m. However, each family can choose the best time to include them.

What is recommended is to have a clear intention when lighting candles, so that the dim and warm light opens the way to the fulfillment of wishes. (AND)