On February 2, Mexicans following the Christian faith celebrated "Día de la Candelaria" also known as “Candlemas.” This day celebrates the Presentation of Christ, a Christian purification ritual ceremony for the Virgin Mary. Dia de la Candelaria is the second part following the Three King's Day celebration of Epiphany on January 6, that we shared in an article previously.
In earlier times on February 2, farmers brought corn as an offering to the temple in hopes to have their crops blessed. The ancient Aztec civilization also recognized this date in their calendar as the day to pay tribute to their Rain God "Tlaloc" for their agricultural needs. In present day Mexico, it is mainly a religious and family celebration, but in some places, such as Tlacotalpan, in the state of Veracruz, it’s a major fiesta (celebration) with bullfights and parades. During Día de la Candelaria it is common for people to be invited into strangers’ homes to enjoy tamales and Atole (corn beverage). Another common activity on this day is a competition to see who can prepare the best food dishes for this special day.
Now that you have an idea of the Mexican traditions associated with Dia de la Candelaria, you are welcome to join in on the festivities and eat as many tamales as you want.