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A Festival of Flowers!

Those who know me, know that I love words. “Wordsmith” is a kind description: “spin doctor”, less so.  But on occasion,  words fail me.   That is the case now,  with Candeleria.  Every February 2, for 9 days, the largest park in the town of San Miguel de Allende is filled with vendors selling thousands of plants and flowers.  The intense colours, the perfect shapes, the perfume in the air:  each blossom more desirable than the one before.  It’s my father’s seed catalog, come to life.

Yes, it’s a blend of Catholic and Meso-American beliefs, but isn’t everything that is religious in Mexico.  It calls for the blessing of the seeds by the Virgin on February 2 so that “they will be fertile and fruitful, enough to feed all humanity.  (The designation of Mary as the Virgin of Candeleria, from the Latin, candle or light, for those inquiring minds among you).

But at base,  it evokes in all of us a primal reaction to the change of seasons:   a long winter has finally run its course and it is spring!

It is spring again.  The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart. – Rainer Maria Rilke

 

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