Candle lighting day in Bogota.

Candle lighting day in Bogota.

Candle lighting day (Spanish:Día de las Velitas) is one of the most observed traditional holidays of Colombia. It is celebrated on December 7th, on the eve of the Immaculate Conception, which is a public holiday in Colombia. This day is the unofficial start of the Christmas season in the country.

On this day, people place candles and paper lanterns on their windows, balconies, porches, sidewalks, streets, parks and squares, in short, everywhere they can be seen, in honor of the Virgin Mary and her immaculate conception.

El Día de las Velitas is celebrated throughout Colombia, but traditions vary in each region and city.

In the municipality of Quimbaya, in the Department of Quindío the most important cultural event is the Candles and Lanterns Festival (full name in Spanish: Fiesta Nacional del Concurso de Alumbrados con Velas y Faroles), which began in 1982 and is held each year on the 7th and 8 December. Each of the neighborhoods in the township competes to produce the most spectacular lighting arrangements, and many visitors come from throughout Colombia to admire the displays.

In Bogotá, the Christmas decorations reach their peak on this day; the city, fully decorated, plans late activities for the whole family since most Colombians would be out and about admiring the shows, many streets close to traffic and allow pedestrians to walk freely and stop to admire the light arrangements. Malls, museums, stores, and other public places have extended hours of operation. There are many shows that take place on this night, live nativity scenes, caroling events, among others.

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Venezuelan becomes mayor of Florida in the U.S

A Venezuelan managed to win an election for the first time to become the mayor of La Florida, United States. Luigi Boria, businessman, became Mayor of Doral with 2572 (54.58%) votes. “Now this city will shine in the world,” said excited to learn of the victory

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Introducing Mr. Roberts

Mr. Robert
an American who came to Colombia over 30 years ago, fall inlove with the beautiful landscapes.
One day traveling around he bought a small farm called the Watercolor; located in a small town on the outskirts of the city of Bogota; Tibana is a town and municipality in the Colombian Department of Boyacá, part of the subregion of Márquez Province.
Mr. Robert makes his living from the income of a beautiful, cozy room
has 4 beds it only cost 75cop per night
he also teaches English to the local people.

Mr. Robert is also well known for his delicious desserts and meals.

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