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Tanuki

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Thu Feb 2, 2023, 09:04 AM Feb 2023

Not just Groundhog Day...also Candelaria! [View all]

https://www.tripsavvy.com/dia-de-la-candelaria-1588765

"The holiday of Candlemas has many names in English, such as the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus Christ or the Feast of the Holy Encounter, but in Mexico, it's simply referred to as el Día de la Candelaria. Even though this religious festival is observed in Catholic church services around the world, Candelaria in Mexico has its own special traditions that don't exist anywhere else, some of which tie back to Aztec times before Christianity even came to the Americas.
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Even though the day isn't widely celebrated in Mexico, there are some individual locations that make more of a fanfare than others. Probably the most important Candelaria festivities take place over an entire week in the Gulf town of Tlacotalpan in the state of Veracruz. The celebrations often involve bull runs and feasts with lots of local food.

In the town of San Juan de los Lagos in Jalisco, home to a basilica that shares the same name, the Candelaria is also a major city-wide event. The cathedral is the second-most visited pilgrimage site in Mexico—after the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City—and Feb. 2 is one of the most important Catholic observances of the year. Pilgrims from across the country and abroad descend on the city for a week-long celebration.

If you're staying in Mexico City and want to experience the religious aspect of the holiday, head to the small neighborhood called La Candelaria in the southern part of the Coyocan borough—not far from the Diego River Anahuacalli Museum. While not as famous as other parts of this popular tourist district, La Candelaria is considered one of the most traditional neighborhoods in all of Coyoacan."....(more)
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