Central America, Mexico, Tehuantepec Isthmus region, Juchitan de Zaragoza, La Candelaria (Candlemas) dedicated to the blessed Virgin from Saint John of God in Spain at the beginning of the 12th century, is celebrated in Mexico the 2nd of February.
On February 2, the Church in the west celebrates the feast of the Presentation of the Lord, also known as Candlemas. It is the day candles are incensed and blessed with holy water and later distributed to clergy and laity — a custom going back to the 11th century. Newly blessed candles from Candlemas will be used tomorrow for the Blessing of the Throats on the feast of St. Blaise.
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