Partying at the Dominican Carnival

Like many other places in Latin America, the Dominican Republic goes all out to celebrate Carnival, held during the time leading up to Lent. Unlike Carnaval Miami or el Carnaval de Barranquilla, Dominican carnival, however, lasts through the whole month of February, and can even roll over into March and Holy Week or Semana Santa!

Carnaval Dominicano has been held for over 400 years; in fact, the Dominican Republic may have been the first place in the Americas where it was celebrated. It had become a significant annual event by the late 1700s.

Origins of the Dominican Carnival

On February 27, 1844, the Dominican Republic gained its independence. In the years since, the proximity of Lent to the Dominican Independence Day have led the two holidays to become intertwined, turning the entire month of February into a national time of celebration.

Given its long history, it is not surprising that Dominican carnival is one of the most vibrant celebrations of this holiday in Hispanic culture.

Full costumed parades, masked folk characters, colorful dance groups, musicians, and community costume parties characterize the festivities.

Characters of the Dominican Carnival

Carnival at the Dominican Republic

Carnival at the Dominican Republic

As in many countries in Latin America, characters from myths and legends also play a big part in the celebrations. Each region has its own variations and unique figures.

For example: Califé, who represents the people by commenting on the establishment and the government through poetry; Los indios, dressed in Taino clothing and representing the origins of the native Dominican people; and La Ciguapa, a naked female with backwards feet who tempts men.

Given the different cultures that make up the Dominican Republic, you could also see Los Ali Babas who dance in the street, Los Africanos representing African slaves, and even La muerte en Jeep or Death in a Jeep, a skeleton escort to the most significant character in the festivities: the diablo cojuelo or the limping devil.

Diablos Cojuelos

The diablos cojuelos are colorful, fanciful characters that wander around Carnival, terrorizing those in attendance. Flamboyant and ornate, they are perhaps the best-known symbol of Dominican carnival.

The caped costumes originally parodied the clothing of a rich colonial gentleman but have since incorporated decorative elements such as mirrors, bells, and noisemakers.

The masked characters carry whips to hit other devils, and a blown-up vejiga -animal bladder, with which they hit passers-by.

Legend says that this “devil” was mischievous and was actually thrown to earth by the Devil himself, who got sick of his pranks. When he fell, his leg was hurt – hence the name. In Santiago, he is known as “El Lechón.”

As one of the most exciting, memorable Hispanic holidays, Dominican carnival is a major tourist attraction. Parades are held every Sunday of the month in different cities, and every town celebrates these parades differently, with La Vega and Santiago having some of the most unique festivities.

The city of Santo Domingo holds the National Carnival Parade, usually on the last Sunday in February or the first Sunday in March. This major event can have over 50,000 participants and over half a million visitors. But even if you can’t make it to the national parade, the whole country has celebrations that you are sure to enjoy.

Have you been to the Dominican Carnival?  Let me hear your opinion!

Festival of the Virgin de la Candelaria en Bolivia

For Bolivian believers and worshipers around the world, the Virgen de la Candelaria Festival is one of the most important religious festivities they celebrate in Latin America.

Every February the 2nd and August the 5th, the so called “Patron Saint of Bolivia” gathers hundreds of believers in a spectacular festival of colors, tradition and culture.

The Festival of the Virgin de la Candelaria en Bolivia happens in the Copacabana peninsula by the shore of Lake Titicaca, one of the world’s largest lakes and former home of the Inca Tribe.

The music and traditional dancers invade the streets to commemorate the arrival of the Virgen to the city of Copacabana more than five hundred years ago and, even though the Virgen never leaves the Sanctuary, the believer’s and traveler’s faith invades the city with the spirit of celebration and joy.

What Is the Legend About?

Festival de La Virgen de La Candelaria en Bolivia

Festival de La Virgen de La Candelaria en Bolivia

According to legend, Francisco Tito Yupanqui was an amateur sculptor who wished with all his might to create an image worthy of veneration while reflecting on Mary’s beauty. The virgin after many prayers, granted Francisco the miracle of artistic grace. His ability which led him to create the image which we know today as the Virgen de la Candelaria or Señora de Copacabana.

Like many invocations of the Virgin, this one adapts to its location and inhabitants. It borrows their facial features and presents herself with the garb of an Inca princess, whose cult achieved the unity of the worship of the sun, earth and moon which the ancient Incas professed, into a new form of faith.

Every February the 2nd at this small village located 140 kms from the Bolivian capital, Inca folklore and Catholic faith blend in a wonderful celebration where travelers bring their offerings to the Virgen and the gods of the lake.

The magic happens every ocassion in this town regardless of the passage of time and conquest that since then, preserves its misticism and magical charm. The “Pacha Mama” or “Mother Earth” is now the Virgin Mary.

Since 1538, travelers from all around the world attend the Festival of the Virgin de la Candelaria en Bolivia yearly, and its devotion spread to Argentina, Perú, Colombia, Brazil, Spain and Venezuela where the devotees celebrate the Virgen and exhibit their culture and tradition in spite of being far away from their magical land.

When to Visit the Festival of the Virgin de la Candelaria en Bolivia

To visit Copacabana on February the 2nd or August the 5th is a unique experience for the traveler because the celebration is full of mysticism, tradition, ancient rituals and customs.

The town is going 500 years in time to celebrate with the Incas in their magical lake. This tradition means dancing to the rythm of ancient flutes and drums among colorful costumes and masks of gods and taking a journey alongside a whole village in the unattainable quest of the “Light” of the Candelaria. The virgin in return, year after year, guides the path taking them to safe harbor under her mantle of. It is in a few words, an unforgettable experience.

How to Celebrate Three Kings Day

In many Hispanic countries, the Christmas celebrations continue on into the New Year with the Three Kings Day tradition. Why? Because the Bible says people celebrated the very first Christmas this way.

From the Gospel of Matthew, we know that the first Christmas presents didn’t arrive on the day of Jesus’ birth. Instead, the Three Wise Men brought their gifts for the newborn Jesus 12 days later. The Catholic Church marks this day as the Epiphany.

Today, people celebrate Three Kings Day on the Epiphany, which falls on January 6.

Main Traditions of Three Kings Day

The typical Three Wise Man Day celebration includes a parade to welcome the Magi to town. In some countries, these parades become quite elaborate with sumptuous costumes and live camels for the kings to ride on.

Often, the parade ends at a nativity scene so the Kings can present their gifts to the baby Jesus. People also add three kings figurines to their home nativity scenes on this day.

The night before Three Kings Day, kids put their shoes out on the steps so that the Magi will pass by and leave them a gift.

For best results, kids should also put out some hay for the Magi’s camels to snack on or water for them to drink. In some families, the Kings leave the gifts under the Christmas tree just like Santa instead of in the shoes.

Of course, no Hispanic celebration would be complete without a feast. In this case, a special sweet bread called Rosca del Reyes, especially in Mexico, forms the centerpiece of the feast.  if you want to see more about Mexican Christmas visit Christmas in Mexico where I describe the main traditions.

The most amusing part is that the baker puts a small baby Jesus figurine inside the bread, and then whoever finds him in their slice must host another party for the family on February 2.

3 Ways to Celebrate Three Kings Day with Your Family

One of the really wonderful things about getting to celebrate Three Kings Day in the US comes from the fact that we have such a mix of cultures here that you get to pick and choose your favorite Three Kings Day activities to make your own special family celebration. You will find 3 possible ideas here:

Write a Letter to the Magi

Just like kids write letters to Santa, they can write a letter to one of the three kings to tell him what gift they would like him to bring.

Traditionally, kids write these letters on December 31. In families where the kids have already gotten toys for Christmas, parents encourage them not to ask for more material things. Instead they can ask for qualities like patience. This fits in with the symbolic gifts the Magi brought the baby Jesus: gold to represent his Kinghood, frankincense for his religious teachings, and myrrh for his suffering.

Make a Three Kings Costume

If you don’t have a community parade to go to on Three Kings Day, you can put on your own parade at home. First, you must make a costume. Make it as simple or complicated as you want.

Some good tips include choosing shiny fabric that looks like expensive silk and using a fleece or faux fur to trim the edges.

Kids will enjoy cutting out paper crowns and decorating them with all kinds of shiny, sparkly gems, glitter, and metallic paints or markers.

Do a Craft Project

This is my favorite as it is pretty flexible. You can find all kinds of fun crafts for kids to do on Three Kings Day, from making three kings figurines for the nativity scene to cutting out 6-pointed epiphany stars to decorate your home.

My personal favorite craft actually falls into the category of Three Kings Day games. We call it “Draw the Magi.” You need a few big pieces of paper to tack to the walls, some pencils or washable markers, and a blindfold.

You will get some big laughs watching the kids and adults try to draw blindfolded. Then, you can hold a contest afterwards to award a small prize to the two people who have made the best and worst drawing.

By the way, if you want to know the meaning of the Three Kings gifts in more depth visit The Meaning of The Three Kings Gifts.   The important message here is to make the holiday special with your family, taking it as an opportunity to pass down your family traditions.

New Year’s Eve in Colombia

Celebrating New Year’s Eve in Colombia is a very special type of party. How do Colombianos celebrate the New Year?  Just like they celebrate everything else…with a party but this one is filled with traditions, “agüeros” and best wishes for the New year.

Different clubs, restaurants, and street parties in various cities like Cali, Medellin, and Bogotá all vie for the title of Best New Years Bash, but to really experience New Year’s Eve in Colombia like a local, you want to get invited to a friend’s house.

Going to a friend’s house guarantees you can enjoy all the quirky traditions that make New Years Eve in Colombia special. Just make sure you get a lot of sleep the night before so you can eat, drink, and dance until sunrise on new year’s day.

Whether you find yourself in a big city or a tiny town, everyone around you will be up blaring music and setting off fireworks all night long so you might as well stay up with them and enjoy the festivities.

Top Colombian New Year’s Eve Traditions

Think about it, we are almost finished the typical Christmas in Colombia, now we are ready for one of the biggest parties, that is new year’s eve.

For the best chance of a happy and prosperous new year, you must fit in as many of these top Colombian New Years traditions as you can:

Clean the House. If you host a party in your home on New Years Eve, make sure you don’t clean too well before the party starts. You need to have a little bit of dirt left so you can sweep it out the door at the stroke of midnight.

Wear Yellow Underpants. If you want to strike it rich next year, make sure you have your yellow undies on. Some say you can get even more luck by wearing them backwards. This is so traditional that I remember big stores like  “La Feria del Brasier y Solo Cucos’ offering yellow underpants specifically for this occasion, and believe me, they sold out every year.

Eat Lentils. Lentils represent good luck in the New Year, especially with money. For best results eat lentils and rice, but in a pinch you might get away with just carrying a few dry lentils in your pocket.

Carry Cash. No New Year’s Eve in Colombia is complete without having cash in your hand or in your pocket at midnight because this will promote financial security in the coming year.

Eat Grapes. On the stroke of midnight, eat 12 grapes as fast as you can. You’ll need to make a wish for every grape, but you only get one minute to finish the whole tradition. My advice? Think about your wishes in advance so you can get those grapes down fast, try to get small grapes instead of big ones.

New year's eve in Colombia.  12 grapes at midnight brings a prosperous coming year.

New Year’s Eve in Colombia. 12 grapes at midnight brings a prosperous coming year.

Run with a Suitcase. This is my favorite tradition. If you don’t like grapes or if traveling constitutes your only wish, do this instead: As the clock nears midnight, stand poised at the door with your suitcase.

Then, as soon as the new year begins, dash out the door with your suitcase and run once around the block. This will practically guarantee you exciting travels in the new year. Make sure you take your first step with your right foot for happy travels.

Say Goodbye to the Año Viejo. One final must-do for New Year’s eve in Colombia involves a destroying a dummy that represents the Año Viejo or past year. Most families make their own life-size dummy just after Christmas and then display it until New Years Eve.

Shortly after midnight, everyone gathers around the dummy and thinks of one thing they want to let go of about the past year. Then, they set fire to the dummy or blow it up with firecrackers.

The name of this dummy is Canuto or “El Año Viejo” and many families make a big procession to burry this old man.

Best Food for New Year’s Eve in Colombia

Of course, you will need fuel for all the celebrating you will do during Año Nuevo in Colombia. Typically, families serve many of the same special Latin Christmas foods in South America, like tamales or lechón although we call it cerdo, and along side we also serve typical Colombian foods including buñuelos, natilla Colombiana, and brevas caladas.

To wash everything down, you’ll have your choice of beer, aguardiente, champagne, or whatever alcohol you like. Again, you’ll get the best food if you find a real Colombian to host you on New Years Eve.

No matter what you do, or which Colombian new year’s tradition you celebrate just make sure to enjoy the delectable foods and open your mind to many strange customs if you are a foreigner visiting Colombia this time of the year.

Peruvian Christmas Traditions

While an American influence has crept into Peruvian Christmas traditions more and more, the people of Peru still retain their own take on this important religious holiday. Depending on what region of the country you happen to find yourself in, you may experience very different traditions weaving both Christian and indigenous customs in a way that feels uniquely Peruvian.

Preparing for Christmas in Peru

Just about every culture decorates for Christmas, including Peru. While you may find Santas and Christmas trees in some households, no Peruvian family would ever neglect to set up their retablo or nativity scene.

In Cusco, families often buy the wood, pottery, or stone figurines for the retablo at the Santurantikuy market, a huge Christmas Eve crafts market that became one of the most famous Peruvian Christmas traditions.

Peruvian Christmas Traditions: A Retablo

Peruvian Christmas Traditions: A Retablo

One of the most beloved Peruvian Christmas traditions are the the special nativity scenes.  These scenes have an Andean twist with the inclusion of llamas and alpacas in place of the usual donkeys and sheep. In addition to the tabletop retablo, many families also set up other religious-themed decorations including large wall hangings and carved gourds or “burilados.”

Charitable activities also play a role in the Christmas season in Peru, as they do in many other cultures. In Peru, churches and other organizations put on events called “chocolotadas” throughout the days leading up to Christmas. People line up for blocks to enjoy a free piece of panetón, a sweet bread studded with raisins and candied fruit, and a cup of hot chocolate spiced with cloves and cinnamon.

Peruvian Christmas Traditions

Nativity with a touch of Andean culture

Nativity with a touch of Andean culture

When it comes to celebrating Christmas in Peru, the main activities all take place on Christmas Eve, or Nochebuena. Most business close around noon on this day to help give people time to travel to their family home for the following 3 big events:

Misa de Gallo or Rooster Mass

As the first official part of the Christmas celebrations, families head to church for a special mass around 10 pm. The late hour of this mass represents the Bible story of the shepherds seeing the Star of Bethlehem on the night of Jesus’ birth.

Cena de Navidad or Christmas Dinner

After mass, families return home to a delicious midnight feast. The meal usually features a roast turkey or a roast pig with tamales and applesauce, followed by panetón and hot chocolate.

In some homes, children open their presents before dinner, while other families exchange gifts afterwards. For families who don’t believe in Santa Claus, the children’s gifts won’t appear until the magi bring them on Three Kings Day on January 6th.

Tonos or House Parties

After dinner, the kids go to bed but the adults’ Christmas celebration continues with a “tono” or house party. Plenty of dancing, drinking, and fireworks will take place, and often the party doesn’t wind down until 5 or 6 am.

Fortunately, the government considers Christmas Day among the official national Peruvian holidays so no one has to go to work the day after the big Christmas party. Instead, Peruvians spend Christmas Day at home, recuperating from the partying of the night before in a relaxed family atmosphere.

3 Ways to Celebrate Hispanic Thanksgiving

Doesn’t is sound unique to say: We are celebrating Hispanic Thanksgiving? We expect this holiday to be truly American however, with the influx of immigrants in this beautiful nation thanksgiving is having a touch of many different heritages, one of them Hispanic. According to popular lore, the first American Thanksgiving took place in 1621, following the Pilgrims’ first successful corn harvest. The Pilgrims invited their Native American allies from the Wampanoag tribe, who also contributed food to the feast.

Historians believe that this meal was likely cooked in the Native American tradition, using local spices and cooking methods. This first Thanksgiving showed a spirit of cooperation and blending between two cultures that became integral to America’s concept of its identity as a “melting pot” of immigrant cultures. Today we can continue to honor that melting pot spirit by celebrating a Hispanic Thanksgiving.

3 Ways to Celebrate hispanic Thanksgiving

Hispanic Thanksgiving for us is mixing the Thanksgiving parade in NYC with some Latino foods like postre de leches

We mix the Thanksgiving parade in NYC with some Latino foods like postre de leches

Let’s consider 3 specific ideas to celebrate Hispanic Thanksgiving that will help share Latin American traditions with friends and family.

Spice Up the Menu

The staples of an American Thanksgiving meal include turkey, gravy, stuffing, potatoes, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie. However, even from region to region of the US the recipes for these staples seem very different. You can easily add your own personal touch to the meal by tweaking your recipes to include chili peppers, green pepper, chorizo, and other Latin flavors.

For example, you might make a cornbread and jalapeño stuffing for the turkey, use a chipotle rub, or even make turkey with mole sauce. You can also add whatever side dishes you like such as stuffed peppers, grilled corn on the cob with red pepper and lime, and cactus salad giving it a Mexican flavor.

If you have very traditional Anglo family members that might be scandalized by any departure from the typical Thanksgiving table, consider adding the Latin flavors to the appetizers instead. Prepare chips and salsa, guacamole, or chili pepper pepitas to snack on while watching football or socializing before dinner. This should help gradually introduce stubborn family members to the idea of a blended American and Hispanic Thanksgiving.

Incorporate Hispanic Décor

As an easy way to create the ambiance of a Hispanic Thanksgiving, consider substituting items with a Latin flair for the traditional fall décor normally present at an American Thanksgiving table.

For example, you might include colorful ceramic plates from the country your Hispanic heritage is from in your table settings. I use coconut serving spoons from Colombia and clay serving pots when I add a soup. Create a centerpiece with a Hispanic theme, or choose the colors of your napkins and tablecloth to match your home country’s flag.

Share Gratitude

Many American families have a tradition of sharing gratitude for the blessings of the past year at the Thanksgiving table. You can add a Hispanic twist to this tradition by having the elders of each branch of the family share the story of how their ancestors first came to America, along with gratitude for their sacrifices.

If you happen to live in a part of the country like Texas, which once belonged to Mexico, you might feel surprised to find that that Hispanic side of the family has been here longer than the Anglo side. This tradition makes an excellent way of sharing the family history and heritage with the younger generation and making them aware of the shared immigrant experience of almost all American families.

As you can see there are many simple yet fun ways to infuse your heritage in this traditional American celebration that is dear also to Hispanics because of the gratitude we may feel to this land.

El Halloween in Latin America

El Halloween in Latin America undoubtedly came from the strong influence North America and specially the U.S. has always exerted on our Latin countries.  If we look back at where all started, Halloween or All Hallows Eve has ancient roots stretching back to the times of the Druids, when people believed evil spirits roamed the earth on October 31 and had to be collected by the Lord of Darkness, Lord Samhain.

Over the centuries the holiday transformed into a much more commercial event more about cheap thrills than any real spiritual connection to the world of the dead. Like many aspects of American culture, the American version of Halloween has spread to many other countries, including Hispanic ones.

Today, we widely celebrate Halloween in Latin America as an excuse for a party in many major cities, though communities in the countryside largely ignore Halloween in favor of All Saints Day, I guess because of our Roman Catholic background that stemmed from the conquest.

Halloween in Latin America

If you’re looking to experience Halloween in South America, get ready to find Halloween parties in bars and clubs from Argentina to Colombia. In Peru Halloween has to compete with a Creole music event, so Peruvians don’t widely celebrate it even in the cities, but you can always find an expat bar with a few plastic pumpkins and a costume party.

Chileans call call Halloween la Noche de Brujas and Bolivians call it El Jailonween in reference to the wealthy expat Jailon Paceños that popularized it. But perhaps no other country knows how to throw a Hispanic Halloween like Colombia.

Halloween in Latin America – Main Aspects of Halloween in Colombia

Costumes: Adults and children wear costumes on the day and night of Halloween. Many adults even wear their costumes to work in offices and stores. For children, the costumes tend to be more fun than scary. You’ll see a lot of superheroes, cartoon characters, princesses, pirates, etc. but probably no vampires or soldiers. You’ll notice one major difference from the American sort of Halloween costumes in that not many in Colombia have their entire face covered with a mask.

School Activities: Most schools celebrate Halloween with special events that parents are encouraged to attend. For example there might be a Halloween play or a costume parade with the parents as judges for awards like “best costume.”

Halloween in Latin America

Kids typically also get to enjoy special Halloween treats including candy and baked goods, and teachers often decorate their rooms with all the traditional symbols of Halloween like ghosts, spiders, witches, and jack-o-lanterns.

Trick or Treating: Parents do take their costumed children trick or treating for Halloween in Colombia. The kids call “tricky tricky Halloween” and receive candy from their neighbors. Families that don’t have a nice neighborhood to trick or treat in go to malls and shopping centers in the early evening, where a special trick or treat session takes place with the kids going around to each store and receiving candy.

Parties: Of course no Halloween in Latin America would be complete without a party. In Colombia, you will see the somewhat surprising sight of costumed people dancing to Salsa, either in the bars and clubs or in individual families’ homes.

Celebrating Halloween in Latin America can be very similar to that of the US however, we mix in our traditions when partying and enjoying the foods.  We celebrate with lots of candy and costumes but if we can throw in tamales, picada, and some delicious drinks like coke and rum, guaro and tequila it all improves.

El Día de Los Angelitos in Mexico

El Día de Los Angelitos in Mexico us tied to Mexico’s most famous holiday tradition—and my personal favorite—Day of the Dead.

Unlike American Halloween, which focuses on one night of doom, gloom, and gore, the Day of the Dead celebrates life, while also accepting the reality of death and providing the hope of a continued communion with our loved ones even after death.

We know the first day of the celebration as el día del los angelitos, and it provides a special time to remember loved ones who passed away as children.

What Happens on the Day of the Little Angels or Día de los Angelitos in Mexico?

Día de los Angelitos in Mexico

At midnight on October 31, the souls of the departed begin making their way back to their families for a visit. The first souls to arrive are the little children, called Los Angelitos or Los Inocentes.

The candles and offerings set up on special altars guide home The little children’s souls who find their loved ones and spend all day November 1 visiting with them. On the following day, the souls of adult loved ones arrive.

The Day of the Dead celebration traces its roots back to the beliefs of Mexico’s most famous indigenous people, the Aztecs. In their day, families spent an entire month celebrating and honoring their dead.

The festivities included a special feast in honor of deceased children, who they believed had gone to one of the many Aztec heavens where a tree fed them with milk. Following the Conquista, this Aztec celebration got compressed into the two-day affair we have now.

What You Need to Celebrate El Día de Los Angelitos at Home

Día de los Angelitos in Mexico

In Mexico and in the US, Hispanic-American families celebrate el día de los angelitos by visiting cemeteries to tidy and decorate their loved ones’ graves.

Often, many families get together for a candlelit procession to the cemetery on the night before the day of the little angels, and in some cities the display becomes truly magical. The best example is Arizona where the Day of the Dead is highly celebrated. Tucson’s “All Souls Procession,” is a wonderful display that is a favorite from 1990. The procession includes prayer and the entire walk to the cemetery.

Families also set up their own altars at home to welcome the spirits of their loved ones and celebrate their lives. If you would like to celebrate at home with your own altar, be sure to include the following elements:

Candles: The candles serve to light the way to the altar so that the angelitos can find their homes.
Water: Ideally this should be holy water, which will help the soul travel the path to eternity.
Incense: In Mexico, copal incense burns on Day of the Dead altars, a tradition with both Aztec and Catholic origins.
Sugar Skulls: These represent the members of the family, so each sugar skull should have someone’s name on it.  You can make them or buy them.
Marigolds: The scent of marigolds also helps guide the dead to the altar. Traditionally, people pluck out the petals to decorate the altar, sometimes creating a path of petals leading to the altar if there is room.
Food & Drink: The angelitos will need some refreshment after their long journey, so put out some of their favorite foods. You would see foods like mole, tamales, and oranges on a Mexican family’s altar. Adult spirits like tequila, but for child spirits milk or water would be more appropriate.
Salt: Some spirits may not be able to taste the food offerings, so give them salt instead.
Toys: When the angelitos come visiting, you want to have their favorite toys or else items representing their favorite activities on the altar for them to enjoy.
Photos: Photos of the lost loved ones help the living to remember and honor them.

With these elements you are ready to celebrate your Día de Los Angelitos here like a Día de los Angelitos in Mexico.

It is very important to share the roots and history of the Day of the Dead with your children as they can misinterpret its true meaning of reverence for the departed ones as well as the different view Hispanic-Americans can have of death.

It is fun to make your altar.   In my article Day of the Dead Altar you can find all the elements necessary to make a truly beautiful one.  Making a beautiful celebration en familia with your little ones is easy. They will always remember it and own it as part of their Hispanic culture.

This is one of the best holidays to have fun Hispanic style. Crafts, decorations and traditions all come alive during El Dia de los Muertos!

I started celebrating this holiday after my son was born. Honestly, I want to keep him close to his Latino roots.

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