Since the start of my blogging journey, I have been looking and looking for a fellow Colombian blogger. I have found people from all sorts of Latin American countries, but why is it that we can never find what we’re looking for? This is when we have to become that person that you want to find.
People have been sharing their Christmas traditions all over the gaf for the last 7 days, which has made me feel extremely inadequate realising that my festive traditions are always ultra boring.
Or that’s what I thought… Until I came home today, to find this on my kitchen table…
Turns out my 10 years of living in my home country wasn’t enough to engrave in my head that December 7th is the day of candles in Colombia.
El día de las velitas
Literally translated to “The day of little candles”, el día de las velitas is a Colombian festive tradition beginning on the 7th of December and ends at the crack of dawn on the 8th of December. Marking the beginning of the Christmas season in Colombia.
Lanterns and candles are placed all over the house, whilst neighbourhoods normally all join in to light up their streets.
What does it celebrate?
It celebrates Virgin Mary and the immaculate conception. As a religious country, everyone joins in, but the tradition varies from city to city.
For me it was never really seen as a religious thing, I was too busy dipping my fingers in wax to notice all of the Virgin Mary lanterns around me. But I guess that would explain my love for the “holy” aesthetic…
So all the candles in my house have been lit! Reminiscing all the warm nights I would have as a kid.
It seemed crazy to me how I could have forgotten something that I enjoyed so dearly in my childhood. I have enjoyed getting to know everyone’s festive traditions and I am happy that I have a beautiful celebration to share with you too.
Where are you from, and what is your favourite Christmas tradition?