Candlemas at SFDS
Unkowing parishioners were in for a surprise today as our altar began to fill up with dolls of the baby Jesus. While we celebrated the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time today, our Grupo Hispano de San Franciso de Sales also observed Día de la Candelaria (Candlemas) with a blessing of candles and dolls of the infant Jesus at our 12:30PM Mass.
Visit our Candelaria 2019 photo album for some great shots taken by parishioner Leo Guardado: https://photos.app.goo.gl/S9dm5qQB6ruomAec7
The feast of Candlemas is celebrated by many Hispanic communities. The blessing of candles and statues of the infant Jesus is often accompanied by a meal of tamales. This handy chart explains why! (Scroll down for the English translation.)
”As per the Jewish custom (yes, Jesus was Jewish!) children had to be presented at temple 40 days after they were born. El Día de la Candelaria celebrations the Presentation of Jesus to society.
And what does that have to do with tamales? Mesoamericans used to eat tamales in February to celebrate the beginning of the agricultural cycle. After the European colonization, the traditions of eating tamales in February and the Candlemas celebratio fused together.
And why do I have to provide the tamales if I got the little doll [a reference to a Three Kings Day tradition.]
a) Because it is Catholic tradition that this makes you the godfather to baby Jesus
b) Because tamales are delicious and someone has to buy them!”