Saturday, December 7, 2013

The Night of the Little Candles

The Night of the Little Candles, or the Noche de las Velitas, is a pretty and poetic tradition in which people all over Colombia set out candles to honor the immaculate Virgin Mary. Mary was declared to be without sin by Pope Pius IX in 1854.

The Noche de las Velitas also marks the formal beginning of the Chrismas season, altho one could understandably be confused about that, since decorations went up here a month ago.

By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours

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