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February 2 Día de la Candelaria - This festivity officially finalizes the end of Christmas for Catholics. In Puerto Rico the festivities include a procession where the statue of the "Virgen de la Candelaria" is carried on the shoulders. Others follow with lit candles until they reach a church where a Mass is celebrated. In the evening the festivities continue with a giant bonfire and singing.
February 17, 1904 Born - Luis A. Ferré, a successful businessman, art patron, and former Governor of Puerto Rico, was born in Ponce in 1904. He earned an Engineering degree from MIT in Boston, went into the family business, made a fortune and later founded El Museo de Arte in Ponce. Luis Ferré has attained the honored positions of elder statesman and philanthropist. He is one of four Puerto Ricans to have received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
February 17, 1917 Born - Julia de Burgos, the best-known female poet in Puerto Rico and one of the best of Latino America, was born on February 17th, 1917 in Carolina, Puerto Rico. De Burgos graduated from the University of Puerto Rico as a teacher. She also studied in Havana and later moved to New York. At age nineteen her first verses were published. Her best-known poem is "Río Grande de Loíza". De Burgos published several books including; Poemas Exactos de mí Misma, Poemas en Veinte Zurcos and Canción de la Verdad Sencilla. She received several honors and homages, before and after her death. De Burgos died on July 6, 1953 in New York.
February 18, 1898 Born - Don Luis Muñoz Marín, poet, journalist, and politician. He was born in San Juan where he died in 1980. Muñoz Marín founded the ELA or el Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico. He became the first elected governor of the island in 1952. Don Luis studied journalism at Georgetown University in Washington DC. He was the son of Don Luis Muñoz Rivera a popular and successful politician. The U.S. Postal Service later honored Muñoz Marín, the "father of modern Puerto Rico," with his own postage stamp. Read more about this illustrious Boricua at http://www.elboricua.com/BKLuisMunozMarin.html
February 23, 1822 Born - Ramón Baldorioty de Castro, politician and activist, died 1889.

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