Día de las Velitas and other Christmas Traditions in Colombia

  On the night of December 7, every year in Columbia, across towns, cities and country-sides, people go into the streets filling them with lights… millions of candles, in fact.  This is how they celebrate the feast of the Immaculate Conception of the virgin Mary. It is a very colourful affair. Multicoloured candles and lanterns […]

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Today in History: Construction on the Panama Canal begins

  Construction actually began on the Panama Canal in the 1880s, under the guidance of a French construction team.  In those days, Panama was still a part of Colombia.  After The War of a Thousand Days between the Liberals and Conservatives of Colombia, Panama, with assistance from the United States, emerged as an independent nation. […]

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