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The so-called “12-Meter” boats, sixtyfive feet in length, raced from 1958 until 1987, although the passing of the “J” boats has always been mourned by yachting enthusiasts. The structure of the races that make up the America’s Cup is similar to that of major league baseball. Two leagues, consisting of the challengers and the defenders, compete against each other in the pre-season; but once the regular season begins, chal23 Holiday Symbols and Customs, 4th Edition lengers only compete against other challengers and defenders against other defenders.

The pueblo Indians of the southwestern United States place candles in their churches and houses in the belief that the dead will burn the fingertips of those who fail to light their way. In Catholic sections of central Europe, it is the custom to ring church bells at the approach of dusk on November 1 to remind people to pray for the souls in purgatory. When they hear the bells, families gather in one room and extinguish all other lights except for the candle they have kept from the preceding CANDLEMAS (February 2).

The Aymara were conquered by another group of Indian people, called the Incas, who were in turn conquered by the Spanish in the sixteenth century. The Aymara people survived all these battles, however, and so did elements of their culture and religion. During the Alasitas Fair, people make little offerings to Ekeko, hoping he in turn will bless them with money and material possessions. The festival as we know it today got its start in the eighteenth century. At this time, the country was already under Spanish rule.

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