Monday, February 4, 2008

Tamale Time

The Christmas holiday season is now officially over in Mexico. Yes, it's just now coming to an end! Feb. 2 was Dia de la Candelaria, which represents the day that baby Jesus was presented at the Temple in Jerusalem. In Mexico City that means that people take baby Jesus dolls to church and have them blessed and dressed in nativity scene clothing. It also marks the day that faithful can take down their own nativity scenes.

Tradition also says that those who got the plastic baby figurine in their Rosca de Reyes or Three Kings Cake, must throw a tamale party.

In honor of this tradition, the city held various tamale festivals across the megalopolis. We went to one of them and were treated by not only Mexican tamales (there are about 800 different kinds), but tamales from all over Latin America.

My favorite were the Chilean tamales.

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