Dia de las Velitas
Among Catholics, December 8 is known as the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. In Colombia this day is more commonly known as Dia de las Velitas (Day of the Little Candles). Catholics and Protestants alike celebrate by rising before dawn to line the streets with candles and set off fireworks. For my Catholic brothers and sisters it is a holy day to honor the Virgin Mary. For my Protestant family it is a cultural celebration that marks the beginning of the Christmas season.