Uncover Colombia | Travel Blog

December 8th is the Catholic celebration of the Immaculate Conception and is a national holiday in Colombia. On the eve before this holiday, Colombians celebrate La Noche de las Velitas. The Night of the Candles is one of the most traditional festivals in Colombia and marks the beginning of Christmas cheer in the country.

As is tradition every 7th December, millions of candles are lit in towns and cities up and down the country where people leave the comfort of their homes to celebrate and socialise with neighbours and meet with family and friends in the streets. People celebrate by placing candles and paper lanterns on their balconies, in the streets, parks and squares. People bring Christmas snacks to share like buñuelos and natilla, adults sip warm wine fortified with aguardiente and children are given sweets. With every candle that is lit, a wish can be made and it…

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