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Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria

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The celebrations in Uruguay center around the Iglesia de Punta del Este, accessible only at low tide, where it is thought the first Spaniards stepped ashore and celebrated their safe arrival with a mass.

In Chile, the Virgen de la Candelaria is feted in Copiapo where she is a patron saint of the miners. Year after year, a group calling themselves Chinos carry the statue in the procession, and son replaces father in the group. There are religious dances as well during the two day celebrations, bringing together local folklore and religion.

In Venezuela, the Fiesta de Nuestra Señora de La Candelaria is celebrated in Caracas, Mérida and other cities with masses, religious processions and dances.

Enjoy the Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria!

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