Christmas in Colombia
The advent period in Colombia begins with the Day of Candles. In Christian culture, the date of 8 December celebrates the feast of the Madonna and the Immaculate Conception. This festival has great spiritual value and marks the beginning of the Christmas season. On the day of the candles, the Colombian cities and towns light up with candles and colored lanterns arranged in long lines, or to form various very decorative and scenographic figures.
These candles can be perfumed or shaped like a “rose without thorns” which is the Marian flower-symbol, but they also represent light and life, evoking the holiness and joy of Christmas shared by Christians. Some communities and neighborhoods come together to create gigantic decorations with colored lanterns that will last throughout the Christmas period.
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