Hispanic Pictures Santuario de Velas

San Simon Candles Altar

Hispanic Pictures Santuario de Velas is one of those images you will probably see time and time again while traveling throughout Latin America and Spanish speaking countries.

San Simon Candles Altar

San Simon Candles Altar

In our culture, sanctuaries are part of our tradition and we respect them tremendously because they reflect our beliefs.

We call sanctuaries many places. Two places come to mind distinctively, one is a sacred or holy place not necessarily in a church which can be a consecrated building or shrine, and the second one is a particularly holy place in a church.

There are all sorts of sanctuaries in Latin America. Churches are the most prevalent but there are many small neighborhood makeshift sanctuaries where people go to pray, seek comfort or find support.

The sanctuaries are decorated with saints, burning candles, which are lit up in memory of a loved one or a prayer, and healers or people from the community who are present to provide spiritual guidance.

This particular sanctuary, as photographed here, is in Guatemala. It is El Santuario de San Simón, a pagan saint of the people, who is known for guiding travelers safely through their travels.

I also selected this photo for the month of November as it honors Mexico’s festive holiday, El Día de los Muertos, in which people who have died are honored by their loved ones. Many visit santuarios, light up candles, pray and honor the deceased.

The glow of burning candles is very soothing and in santuarios it’s a sign of hope, love, and spirituality. Share this wonderful message by giving this original photograph in the form of a greeting card through Culturame.com

Debra Del Toro-Phillips is a photographer and Hispanic entrepreneur.  View this photo and others in our Fotografía of America Latina Collection at Cultúrame™

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