Friday, November 30, 2007
Noche De Las Velitas
Tonight there was a celebration at school at dusk called "Noche de las Velitas" (Night of the Candles) where Colegio Bolivar families came, talked, listened to live music, and lit candles. If there is a religious or traditional purpose/history, beyond "this is just what we do," I was not able to ascertain one from any of the students I asked.
So, in the end, you purchase a bag of about 15 candles and light them one at a time, melting the wax and sticking them to a board laid out on the ground. There were basically hundreds of 2x4's laid end to end and about 5 feet apart all over the playing fields on campus. When all the boards were lit, it was quite a sight.
I've included some pictures above (which I'm sure you can see). Enjoy!