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Tamales Día de la Candelaria

February 2, 2019

In Mexico Culture and food have a close bond, some dishes are associated with certain celebrations. An example of this is Tamales and the day of Candelaria.

The origin of this festival is in the Christian tradition that commemorates the purification and presentation of Jesus Christ to the temple in Jerusalem.

Every February 2, families remember the event leading to bless the image of the Child God to the church. The words of Simeon, an old man who was reputed to be a righteous man, and who came to the parents of Jesus to say: Now, Lord, your promise is fulfilled: you can let your servant die in peace.

Under this reference, the meaning of this festival began to be expressed with different names, among them, the feast of the Light, the feast of Candelas, as well as the feast of Candelaria. In Mexico, those who took the figure of the Child God in the threads of kings should distribute tamales among the guests who attended the celebration of January 6.

In Mexico, 90% of people celebrate Candelaria Day with tamales. It is believed that the initial association of the date with the tamales can be found in the importance of corn since prehispanic times.

Although it is not known exactly why it is celebrated with tamales and not with other products, what is a fact is that the practicality of this dish offers an infinity of ingredients, succulent fillings, and delicate sauces, which are then wrapped in corn husks or banana.

Tamales are an example of syncretism between pre-Hispanic and European traditions. The origin of this food is prehispanic; Its name comes from the Nahuatl word, Tamalli. At that time, tamales were not prepared with lard, but with the arrival of the Spaniard’s ingredients that have prevailed until today were added. The preparation of this dish easily conquers all kinds of palates, both Mexican and foreign.


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February 2, 2019
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