Feliz Día de la Virgen de la Candelaria!

Well, actually, the holiday’s almost over. I’ve got about an hour to go by Mexico City time. The Día de la Virgen de la Candelaria is many things. Most simply, it’s February 2. But it also  the day when baby Jesus was presented by Mary in the temple of Jerusalem. In Mexico, it’s a day for eating tamales and drinking atole, both masa-based foods. And in one Veracruz town, Tlacotalpan, it’s time to paaaaaarrrrrrrr-tttttttty! And get chased by a bull.

I am referring to the Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria, which is an event that takes place in early February. I wrote about it recently – kind of a preview piece about the event and its significance. This year, the festival is probably drawing more attention than usual because just a few months ago, the town flooded when its river, the Papaloapan, overflowed.  Most residents evacuated. The inundation was national news.

Part of today’s activities included praying that the river will stay its place in the coming  year.

Here’s hoping.

For more information, here’s the rest of my piece on the Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria.

Photo credit: That’s a screenshot of the pdf of my story, which is attached and has the actual photo credit.

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