December 6, 2009

Dia de Las Velitas

Christmas is coming to Cali!! While it may not feel like the Christmas season without snow, the holiday preparations and parties are in full swing here in Colombia.
On Friday night at school I attended Dia de Las Velitas, in English, "Day of the Candles". Day of the Candles is a celebration held at school on the weekend closest to the Immaculate Conception on December 7th, and marks the official beginning of the Christmas festivities in Colombia. At school, the Asopadres, or Parent's Association, sets up this giant festival with candles, food, music, etc. on the school lawn. I saw tons of my students there and their families too, so it was a great community bonding experience. I love being able to attend cultural celebrations like this one, that honor the special spirit of the holidays in a similar sense, but in a uniquely Colombian way. Also, seeing school all lit up like this was GORGEOUS. :)

Music tent and lawn with candles. Yes, the local bomberos (firefighters) were on site for any situations that arose, but I shockingly saw zero kids light themselves on fire.
Main lawn at school.
Candles we lit!
My friend Caleb created this lovely art project from melting lots of candles on top of one another.

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