La Candelaria flower fair returns for 57th year

By Jade Arroyo

From February 1 through 11, the flower fair of La Candelaria will take place at Benito Juárez Park. During those days several cultural activities will take place, such as dances, concerts, talks, sports events and information booths set up by different civic associations and the local government to share information about their work and projects. There will also be educational workshops on various subjects related to ecology and Mexican traditions. Over 100 vendors from around Mexico will be offering a huge variety of plants and trees. They come mainly from Puebla, the state of Mexico and Xochimilco. Mayor Mauricio Trejo will officially open the even on February 1 at 7.

For more than 50 years, San Miguel has celebrated the fiesta of La Candelaria with this plant sale. Like most Mexican traditions, La Candelaria (Candlemas Day) is a mix of pagan and Catholic traditions. The pre-Hispanic origin of Candelaria is the veneration of a child god called Pilzintecuhtli and the blessing of seeds. Heads of rural communities bring seeds for the next season’s crops to be blessed at the morning mass. The tradition continues today among campesinos and those who grow flowers for Easter festivities.

In the Catholic faith, February 2 marks the Virgin Mary’s purification and the day when Christ was presented at the temple. Nowadays, this is a huge festivity, celebrated by thousands of Catholic families who take their Baby Jesus figures to the church, richly dressed in elegant robes.

February 2 is also the day when people who found the plastic doll in the Rosca de Reyes (Three Kings’ cake) on January 6 give a party with tamales and atole.

To see the activities schedule, check the Festivals and Events section in the Que Pasa supplement.


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