Hispanic Christmas

Navidad Hispana Decorations, Foods, Music and Traditions

Decorations, Foods, Music and Traditions

Latin Christmas Traditions
Hispanic Christmas Luminarias

Las Posadas, La Novena or nine days of prayer-, La Nochebuena or Christmas Eve-, and La Misa de Gallo or the midnight mass, Las Pastorelas, and fireworks amongst others.

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Las Posadas

Children in Mexico recreate the pilgrimage that Mary and Joseph lived while searching for lodging in what is one of the most awaited Mexican traditions: Las Posadas.

Dia de los Reyes Magos
Dia de los Reyes Magos

Three Kings Day is one of the most beautiful religious traditions amongst Hispanics. This is one of the most celebrated especially in Puerto Rico and Mexico.

Christmas Decorations
Hispanic Christmas Decorations

Which decorations will you find in our homes during the “Navidad Hispana”? We decorate with nativities, candles, “faroles”  -luminaries-, angels, handmade ornaments typical of our countries of origin and many more…

Foods in “Navidad Hispana”
Hispanic Christmas Foods

We try to serve and give traditional Hispanic foods during the entire holiday. Share our tamales, participate in the Posadas, or simply feed the participants after praying the Novena.

Latin Christmas foods in South America
Latin Christmas Foods in South America

Tamales, ajiacos, asados and many more make Hispanic Christmas foods from Colombia to Argentina a rich part of our Hispanic culture, keep reading to know about other Latin Christmas foods.

Latin Christmas foods in the Caribbean
Latin Christmas Foods in the Caribbean

Lechón asado or barbecued pig in Cuba, niño envuelto or stuffed cabbage in the Dominican Republic, and roasted pork in Puerto Rico are the typical Christmas foods in these Hispanic Islands.

Christmas Music or Villancicos and Dance Music
Villancicos

We sing and play villancicos from the beginning of the holiday. See here to make sure you own the best ones and the most remembered this holiday!

Christmas in Argentina
Christmas in Argentina

Hispanic Christmas in Argentina enjoys the wonderful warm breezes of Summer and the beautiful blooms of many flowers.

True Latin Christmas Decorations

Gourd Art
and Decorations

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Christmas in Colombia
Christmas in Colombia

Christmas in Colombia is deeply rooted in the Catholic faith like most of the Hispanic culture countries.  Our traditions include “Las Velitas” -the candles-, The Novena, “La Nochebueba” on Christmas Eve amongst others…

Christmas in Guatemala
Christmas in Guatemala

Christmas in Guatemala spells advent wreaths, burning of the devil, making tamales, making the nativity and celebrating the birth of Jesus. Read how Guatemalans start their Christmas with the advent, how important is el pesebre and find the best guide to enjoy Christmas in Guatemala.

Christmas in Cuba
Christmas in Cuba

For Cubans who are in the U.S. Christmas is a big celebration tied to the old traditions they remember from the island they left. Christmas dinner must include the famous lechón asado.

Christmas in Mexico
Christmas in Mexico

The main Christmas traditions in Mexico are Las Posadas, Las Pastorelas, and La Fiesta de Reyes. All of these traditions were born as a vehicle to teach religion to the Aztecs.

Christmas in Puerto Rico
Christmas in Puerto Rico

Learn about the most important Puerto Rican Christmas traditions, dishes, foreign influences and religious customs of today’s Navidad en Puerto Rico.

Christmas in Venezuela
Christmas in Venezuela

For Venezuelans Christmas is a big celebration like in many Hispanic countries. Their main dish hallacas are unique and delicious. Their traditions during Christmas are also tied to their Catholic roots.

Christmas in Peru
Peruvian Christmas Traditions: A Retablo

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.

Best Spanish Learning Software

Tell Me More Review & Rocket Spanish Review

Spanish Rocket Spanish
 Tell Me More Rocket Spanish

Please recommend a good Spanish language software! Is what many readers ask me for, and to be honest with you it took me a while to find these choices I am writing about here. Why? Because as a tutor, teacher and a native Spanish speaker I know the stumbling points of learning a new language, so I wanted to make sure I can point you in the right direction.

Tell Me More Spanish 5 or 10 Levels

I know one size does NOT fit all, but I have been able to single out the best way to learn Spanish using a software program. Here is why Tell Me More is an excellent choice:

Ease of use*** This software has plenty of sections that paired with technology make this Spanish software a dream. It may take some people more time to learn how to handle its technology but once you know it becomes a real asset!

It is all well worth it because the program has a great visual appeal due to its clean lines, uncluttered screens, simple icons, and pleasant color scheme making it fun and relatively easy to use. It also has 3-D animations and detailed graphs that help you understand your progress and the content.

Content***** All programs come with 20 initiation lessons, and after that the levels really start. There is a placement test to help you choose 5 consecutive levels amongst 10 distinct levels of content, from Beginner to Advanced.

Roughly levels 1-5 are the equivalent to 2 years of high school Spanish, and 6-10 to 2 more. The content always has a picture or graph to help comprehension, but the program is not limited to only graphics and video like Rosseta Stone.

TELL ME MORE Spanish Version 10 comes with 10,000 exercises which I think are necessary to solidify knowledge. There are 10 hours of very well done videos that make your learning experience pleasant and varied.

Technology***** is pretty advanced in this Spanish learning software program, one of the characteristics I loved the most.

I know how frustrating can be to learn at home with nobody to correct your pronunciation…not any more because Tell me More has the most advanced speech recognition technology on the market, which translates in pronunciation improvement. It also has a Spoken Error Tracking System that pinpoints mispronounced words.

You can also learn with your MP3 Player. It also has a feature that allows you to have a translation of the material you are learning. You decide if you want it on or off.

Price*** Tell ME More has a higher price point compared to Rocket Spanish but Tell Me More V10 Spanish is a winner overall because of the content, technology and return policy it offers. It addresses reading, writing, listening, speaking, vocabulary, grammar, and culture.

Summary of TELL ME MORE Spanish  Review

  • It covers all the skills necessary to learn a language which are reading, writing, listening, speaking, vocabulary, grammar, and culture.
  • Your needs determine the type of product, therefore it is tailored for specific uses like travel, home schooling, professional needs, students, and personal or enrichment.
  • It was updated in 2009 to version 10 with great visuals, drills, and fresh content like the Euronews videos.
  • This software has cutting-edge speech recognition technology allowing you to assess your pronunciation and improve it through detailed graphs and 3D animation.
  • Opportunity to update your software for life online any time a new version comes on the market.

Cons

  • Even though its technology is cutting edge, it could be difficult for some to manage. Once you learn it it becomes almost impossible to expect less when comparing it to other software programs out there.
  • Price may seem higher in comparison to other downloadable Spanish learning software but always remember to compare apples to apples.

The most extensive Spanish language learning software solution. Master fluency through 10 distinct levels and exclusive online services.

Rocket Spanish Review

My second top choice is Rocket Spanish. What I can personally tell you is that the dialect is excellent. The creator is from Chile and the dialect he uses is very good quality of Latin American Spanish.

The program claims you can finish it in 8 weeks. Well…as a native speaker I think this is a bit of a stretch, more if we are talking about a person who never had formal Spanish learning before. Nevertheless the program is good quality.

Ease of use***** is highly rated in this program. Why? Because Rocket Spanish divides the content into small chunks for learners to manage. Each section is about 25 minutes long and there are 33 sections in total. The menus are pretty simple and the main method of learning is through visual/video form.

Content**** The lessons have excellent simple content. Rocket Spanish is geared to conversational Spanish in a more informal environment.

I also like the culture infused lessons that teach you how life is in Latin America. Each audio lesson comes with a transcript that you can follow to improve understanding and pronunciation.

This Spanish learning software also provides a Learning Lounge which includes grammar, vocabulary, common phrases, and interactive exercises. I think just listening and viewing are not enough to cement your knowledge. This is the major difference with programs like Rosetta Stone.

My favorite content of Rocket Spanish is the games section which comes very well equipped with its MagaVocab that helps you learn about 1,000 words in a short period of time. Megaverb helps you practice tenses and verbs meaning, and MegaAudio helps you train your ear.

Technology** in this Spanish learning software is basic. Nothing like Tell Me More but it does the work. Rocket Spanish Premium is available for download which makes it portable.

Price***** is greatest advantage of this product. It is one third of the price of similar programs or less when we compare the downloadable version to other Spanish learning software. It has a 60 day guarantee which makes it even more attractive.

Summary of Rocket Spanish Review

  • Perfect Spanish learning software for conversational Spanish.
  • Simple to use and portable. Clean design with no fancy whistles.
  • Excellent games that help you reinforce basic vocabulary, grammar and conjugation concepts.
  • Very appealing price point when buying downloadable version instead of shipped software.

Cons

  • Very simple technology with no speech recognition.
  • It is geared to conversational Spanish. If you are looking for reading, writing, pronunciation and speech this software may not be enough. For the person who doesn’t want to go in depth in grammar, conjugation, and perfect writing skills this is the best choice.

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One thing is for sure, culture is a very important part of learning a new language. Now that you will be starting to learn Spanish don’t only do it through a Spanish software program but also complement it with traveling, foods, Spanish movie watching and cultural knowledge which is abundant in this website.

Christmas Nativity Sets


From early childhood we learn the meaning of the nativity and also enjoy displaying the pesebre, Belen, favela, comuna, natividad, posada, portal or nacimiento especially in Colombia where I am from.

History of the Nativity or Pesebre

In Hispanic America it all started in the XV and XVI centuries when the Franciscans and missionaries came to the new world determined to spread the Catholic faith.  Christmas nativity sets are popular and revered in Hispanic culture. The missionaries made Christmas nativity representations in public places in each Latin American town that was occupied by Spain and Portugal.

Outdoor nativity scenes were widespread, in many cases with life size figures representing the birth of Jesus.  The Catholic church promoted biblical representations of the Christmas nativity scenes in churches, plazas, and inside homes. People embraced the tradition making it stronger as the years passed.

The first one to make the Christmas nativity scene a tradition was San Francis of Assisi in the XIII century in Italy. The legend tells that on the year 1223 during a cold winter day San Francis was preaching, to escape from the cold he went to the Ermita de Greccio in Rieti. While St Francis was praying and reading the gospel of St. Luke he had the inspiration of reviving the mystery of the birth of Jesus.

St Francis went to build a house made with straw, placed a manger in the middle and brought a donkey and an ox. He invited a small group of folks to join him in reproducing the adoration of baby Jesus by the shepherds. This idea traveled throughout Italy, Spain and then to the rest of Catholic Europe to later come to America.

Setting Up The Nativity

For my family in Colombia this was a very important event that we started at the beginning of the Christmas season on December 7th. This is the day of the Immaculate Conception when we celebrate El Dia de las Velitas.

Throughout Latin America we normally have more than one nativity including a nativity for children. We start building the nativity sets at the start of the season and continue during the entire month.

In many countries throughout Latin America the tradition is that each day we can add something else to the Christmas nativity sets, and baby Jesus is not placed in the manger until December the 24th.

The main nativity can take a big space in the living room. In Colombia we place it where everybody can see it and where we can congregate to pray the Novena de Aguinaldos or Christmas Novena.

We try to use natural elements to build the nativity scenes. We use moss, tree branches, straw, etc. Children deeply enjoy gathering and placing elements to enhance el pesebre, and while they are doing it we play Hispanic Christmas music or villancicos.

Many artisans have a strong faith which serves as a fuel to keep carving and creating incredibly elaborate créches or nativities in Latin America. Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico and southwestern U.S. states are particularly prolific in the production of créches.

Types of Christmas Nativity Sets

Over the years Christmas nativity sets evolved and took more defined characteristics depending on the needs and tastes of the population. Here are some of the most representative.

Some small nativity sets are very convenient.

These sets below are all made in Latin America and are particularly representative of our regions, geography, physical characteristics and trade. They have real Sabor Latino, and bring to your Hispanic decor a touch of heritage.

Outdoor Nativity Set

Outdoor nativity sets are not new. They were very popular since the beginning of the representation of the nativity scenes because the Catholic church used them as a tool for spreading the faith. Many families place an outdoor nativity set in their fron lawns. Also churches and religious centers make big representations of the nativity, that serve in many cases as places to gather around for praying.

African Nativity Sets

African nativities are more common today. We are familiar with typical nativities portraying Anglo Saxon figures of Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus and two of the Three Wise Men, but today many families have mixed ethnicities or simply want to relate directly to the nativity story buy displaying an African nativity.

African Americans and black Hispanics may find African nativities to be their top choice. Artists like Thomas Blackshear are gaining more audience based on their representation of traditional caucasian scenes like the nativity with African looking characters.

Many African nativities are made in Africa with materials found primarily in African countries like Cameroon, Tanzania, Kenya, and Huganda where they use Terracotta Clay to make them. These are called Nubian, and more difficult to find.

Other African nativity sets are made in South Africa by weaving natural fibers. Black nativity scenes are becoming more common today, and more understandable so, knowing that we live in a society that encourages you to enjoy and preserve your heritage.

Nativity Sets for Children

In Hispanic culture, passing down our religious traditions is important, therefore since our children are small we involve them in the process of setting up the nativity. Teaching little ones our religious traditions while making it fun is essential for them to embrace Latino culture. 

One of the best resources to do so is to use a nativity for children so they can manipulate and role play with the characters. Many people look for the Fisher Price nativity set for their children, I personally prefer nativity sets for children that give a more accurate representation of the time and that use materials like wood, resin, etc.

Christmas Nativity Sets from Latin America

Here are some Christmas nativity sets that you can add to your collection. They are beautifully made. I chose them because of their fine details. Regardless of which nativity you choose to represent your believes, it is important to remember this is the time of the year to reflect on our values, enjoy sharing with others and forgive. Also this is a perfect time to keep Hispanic traditions alive!

Latino Interviews

A Personal Chat With Hispanics Who Are Influencing the U.S.

This page of Latino interviews is a source for you to know about Hispanics who are making a mark in U.S. culture through their work.

Some famous Latinos listed here are people like you and me who started with a dream and pursued it with passion. Some became famous by simply doing what they enjoy and love the most.

This page is an inspirational source as well as a vehicle for you to know which Latinos are forging the future of Hispanic-Americans in the U.S.

Famous Hispanic Authors

Andres Torres Author of Signing in Puerto Rican.

Patricia McCausland Gallo. Author of Secrets of Colombian Cooking and Passion for Coffee, winner of the Silver medal by Independent Publisher Book Awards in 2008.

Suni Paz is a Beloved Argentinean singer and songwriter who dedicates her life to cultivate love for Hispanic Culture through her music. We recognize her well for her contributions to teaching children about loving their culture and using music as a tool in the classroom.

José Luis Orozco Is one of the best children’s author and song writer’s from Hispanic heritage. As his biography on his website says: “I pride myself in providing rich Latin American culture in my music and it is my desire to pass on this heritage to the children of today so that they may take pleasure in passing it on to the children of tomorrow.”

 

Graciela Tiscareño-Sato the author of Latinnovating.

Mariela Dabbah the author of Poder de Mujer and the creator of The Red Shoe Movement

Hispanic Entrepreneurs

Molly Robbins. Creator of Palomita and Chucho brands. Winner in 2009 of the Woman Owned Business of the Year for San Rafael, CA and creator of the Palomita Educational Fund that helps Latinos achieve their dream of education.

Hispanics Netpreneurs

Jorge Bravo. Creator of hispanickitchen.com a community where we meet to talk about Latin food, share recipes and tips, interact, find fellow Hispanic foodies, and celebrate the variety of Hispanic cuisine.

Hispanic Organizations

Las Comadres. Nora de Hoyos Comstock is the creator, President and CEO of Las Comadres Para  Las Americas, a worldwide Latina organization that connects and empower Latinas everywhere  through community building/networking, culture, learning, and technology.

Hispanic and Latino Facts

Hispanic and Latino Culture Traits


Hispanic and Latino
What do we value the most? What makes us happy? What do we think about family? Do we all speak the same Spanish? Read more to learn what makes Hispanics tick.

Hispanic vs Latino

Hispanic vs Latino
What is the difference amongst Hispanic, Latino and Spanish terminologies? Is there such a difference? Keep reading to find out how the term Hispanic was born, what Latino means and more.

 

Are Filipinos Hispanic?

Are Filipinos Hispanic
This is what Dr. Barbara S. Gaerlan, Ph.D., Assistant Director at the UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies says about the subject…

 

Hispanic Growth in the U.S.


Hispanic Growth in the U.S.
Why is Hispanic population growing so much in the U.S.? Well…we do behave differently from other ethnic groups of course, and there is no point in denying we are also more prolific when we refer to having children, but is that all?

Spanish Speaking Countries

Spanish Speaking Countries
There are a good number of countries that speak Spanish scattered all over the world in Europe, Africa and many parts of the Americas. It all started with the Spanish colonization in the 1500’s…

Latin America Mothers Day
Traditions, Significance & Latin Gifts

A mother’s love knows no bounds. Motherhood transcends differences of faith, nationality, ethnicity, and cultural heritage, and unites us all as part of the human condition.

Is it any wonder that so many countries around the world have official holidays celebrating motherhood?

In Latin America, Mother’s Day is particularly popular. On the Dia de la Madre in Latin America, you won’t see the sort of sedate, perfunctory luncheons and greeting cards that are now-a-days common in the United States. Instead, you will find big parties that can take all day long!

In places like Puerto Rico, Colombia, Mexico, Cuba, and El Salvador, the  celebrations go beyond just thanking and honoring your own mother. Latinos include grandmothers and other matriarchs in the festivities, as the whole family shows their gratitude for the strong women who bind them all together.

Mother’s Day in Latin American Countries

Latin America Mother's Day

While most countries celebrate Mother’s Day on the second Sunday of May, Mexico and El Salvador use a fixed date, May 10.

Did you know that when May 10 falls on a weekday, the people of El Salvador often close the schools and take time off of work so that everyone can travel to visit their mothers?  Now that’s dedication!

In Mexico, Mother’s Day celebrations begin on May 9, or “Mother’s Day Eve” when children traditionally gather in their mother’s home for a visit.

The next morning, the children wake their mothers with singing and accompany them to a special mass honoring one of the most important mothers of all time–the Virgin Mary.  After mass, moms get to breakfast on tamales and atole.

If it is a school day, the mothers will enjoy a special performance in their honor at their children’s school, including singing, dancing, and skits.

In Latin America, Mothers day is an opportunity for kids to treat their moms to a meal at a nice restaurant and plenty of flowers and heartfelt gifts.

Moms are so accustomed to taking care of everyone else all the time that it can be hard to get them to take a day off for themselves!

For example, in Cuba, a group of mothers known as the Damas de Blanco or The Ladys in White, hold a peaceful demonstration each week, including on Mother’s Day, to protest the political imprisonment of their sons, brothers, and husbands.

Latin Decor & Handcrafted Jewelry for Mom

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Latina moms love to take care of themselves and if you look carefully you can see lots of us wearing handmade jewelry. Why is that? Well, I think is in our personality to adorn ourselves.

Latinas enjoy giving and receiving gifts. We are social and very much
into sharing. Some of the best handcrafted jewelry comes from Latin American countries and it is made by our Latino artisans.

Artisan jewelry including silver pendants.  or special pieces like dichroic glass jewelry from Mexico are some of the best examples.

If Latino handmade jewelry is not a choice try something for home. Handmade alpaca blankets, Mexican rugs or family photographs especially framed are good choices.

Latin Kitchen Tools for Mother’s Day

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Yes, many of us like to cook, even though we admit not being perfect at it. What is certain is that we need the right tools for preparing the best dishes we hold dearly in our hearts like tamales.

To make excellent tamales you must own the right tamale steamer, and to make the deliciosos frijoles owning the best pressure cooker makes the job a breeze.

Some people say that one of the reasons for loving our mothers so much in Latin American countries is because life in these countries can be very challenging.

Many Latin mothers raise children alone in difficult economic circumstances, sacrificing a lot and working their fingers to the bone to make sure their kids get everything they need. Their entire lives are truly a labor of love for their children!

Latin America Mother’s Day is a very special chance to say thank you, whether it is with a bunch of flowers, a special gift, a traditional song, or just a simple hug and kiss, whatever makes your own irreplaceable mother feel loved and appreciated!

Hispanic Traditions or Tradiciones Hispanas

Interested in learning and enjoying Hispanic traditions? Here I am compiling some of the most common and interesting ones amongst Spanish speaking people from North, Central and South America.

For example, we know Hispanics practice these traditions: Shave their baby’s hair, celebrate “Quinceañera,” name one of their brothers or sisters as god-father and god-mother for their children, pierce their baby girl’s ears, give some special jewelry at birth to their little ones, have the father of the bride pay for the wedding, tell their scary Latin American stories to their children and many more!

Shaving Your Baby’s Hair

Hispanic Traditions

Shaving Your Baby’s Hair This tradition is true and old. Many call it: pelar, rapar, rasurar or afeitar al bebé. It is a tradition widely spread throughout many Hispanic countries.

Carta al Niño Dios

Carta al Niño Dios

Carta al Niño Dios Writing a letter to baby Jesus is one of the most rewarding Latino Christmas traditions. Read to find out how Hispanics write to “El niño Dios” every Christmas…

El Ratón Pérez

Raton Perez

El Ratón Pérez is a little cute mouse who brings money or presents to children in our homes in exchange for their teeth.

El Cuco or El coco

El Coco o el Coco

El Cuco is a known Latin American legend of a monster that parents tell their children and even sing in a lullaby.

This is a wondeful article by one of my favorite Hispanic bloggers Valerie Russo the owner of Literanista. She sent me this Latin American legend we all know, and many grew up hearing.

Tejano Music

Tejano Music

Tejano Music The story of Ivette Rioja who grew up under the influence of Tejano Music. She explains where it comes from and the Latin traditions tied to the Tejano culture.

Easter with Mexican Cascarones

Hispanic Culture and Rituals

Mexican cascarones Do you know the history behind Mexican cascarones? Reat it here and venture to elebrate Easter with Mexican cascarones: Eggs filled with confetti while keeping Hispanic traditions alive.

The Metamorfosis Documentation Project and Hispanic Rituals

Hispanic Culture and Rituals

Hispanic Culture and Rituals Hispanic culture and rituals are very rich. One of the most enticing and amazing portions of these traditions are the dances and ceremonies amongst the indigenous people. Here what Armando Espinosa is doing to capture the rich Latino rituals…

Let’s Celebrate Hispanic Month

Latino Month or Mes de La Hispanidad

This is one of my favorite times of the year. Yes! We get to celebrate and honor
our Heritage. I am so proud of being Hispanic that I want to share with you some of the activities and knowledge I have, so you can also celebrate and continue our Latino traditions.

I want to inspire you to be creative about how to celebrate your Hispanidad. As mothers, fathers or Hispanic culture lovers we have the great opportunity to pass down and create awareness of Latino culture, both at home and everywhere we go.

Take this “Hispanic Month” as an opportunity to be the best ambassador of our culture, not only about the particular country your heritage is from, but also of the rich and amazing Hispanic culture that unites us all.

What is Hispanic Heritage Month?

Here is the scoop, on September 17, 1968, president Lyndon B. Johnson signed the first proclamation creating Hispanic Heritage Week. In 1988 congress extended the celebration to a month to fall on the dates between September 15th and October 15th.

Why is September 15th significant in Hispanic culture? Let me throw a bit of history here. In Mexico, churches ring bells on this date to commemorate father Hidalgo’s Grito de Dolores. Dolores is the Mexican town where father Hidalgo called for independence from Spain in 1810, even though Mexico officially proclaimed its independence from Spain in 1821.

September 15, 1821, is also an important date in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, which declared the independence of the kingdom (at the time these countries were one and included Chiapas) from Spain.
Later on in 1823, these countries formed the new republic, and Chiapas decided to remain with Mexico.

New Trends

Did you know that many Americans who are not Hispanic are calling this month Spanish Month? This was totally surprising to me.

I think it stems from the language we speak, Spanish. Have you noticed
Hispanics are also called Spanish everywhere? Well, the same happened to our Heritage Month, it is now also called Spanish Month!

Hispanic Month Prints and Art




Picture at the top by Jos Dielis

The Best Hispanic Holidays
& Hispanic Festivals of North, Central and South America

Latin holidays are a way to connect with family, friends, our traditions,
culture and beliefs. We do it in a lively manner; hey – it is just in our blood!

For some of us who are immigrants, Hispanic Holidays bring the best memories of childhood when we reunited with family to enjoy partying while celebrating a holiday.

Día del Amor y La Amistad

Dia del Amor y la Amistad

El Dia del Amor y la Amistad is a popular holiday in Spanish speaking countries. El dia de San Valentin perfectly matches the loving, expressive and passionate characteristics of Latin culture.

Día del padre

Dia del Padre

El Dia del Padre is another opportunity to gather with family and friends to honor our padres.  Read how we celebrate and why this holiday is not as popular as Mother’s Day.

National Puerto Rican Day parade

Puerto Rican ParadeNational Puerto Rican Day parade in New York City is one celebration you should experience.  This Hispanic parade celebrates Puerto Rican heritage with Latin music, foods, cultural events and pure Latin fun.

Semana Santa in Latin America

Semana Santa

Semana Santa or Holy Week is the most  important religious celebration amongst Christian Hispanics.  This Hispanic holiday reminds us of Jesus’ gift of eternal life.

Cinco de Mayo History


Cinco de Mayo

We celebrate Cinco de Mayo throughout the U.S. especially in Miami, New York City and Los Angeles. A Cinco de Mayo celebration may include eating Mexican food, toasting with margaritas, listening to Mariachis, etc.  There is no “one way” to enjoy.

Celebrate Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead MexicoDay of the Dead or “El Día de los Muertos” is one of the most mystical Latino holidays. It is a special occasion to celebrate life and to reunite with our deceased ones who are allowed to visit us this day.

 Carnaval Miami in Florida

Carnaval Miami

Carnaval Miami transforms the city of Miami for two weeks in March into the City of Carnaval. “Little Havana” hosts the largest Hispanic festival in the U.S. with Latin foods, Jazz, salsa dance and more to enjoy!

Calle Ocho Festival

Calle Ocho Festival
During the Calle Ocho Festival Miami becomes for one day the largest Hispanic block party in the U.S.  More than a million people attendend the festival, and if you are a Latin culture lover this is a party you can not miss…

Flower Festival Medellín – Colombia

La Feria de Las Flores
For seven days in August during the Flower Festival in Medellin,Colombia, the city becomes the center of celebrations with “La Feria de Las Flores.” A flower festival that attracts more than half a million turists in one of the biggest flower parties in Latin America.

Hispanic Thanksgiving

Hispanic Thanksgiving
Hispanic Thanksgiving or D&iacutea de Acción de Gracias amongst Latinos in the U.S. is a celebration en familia, like it is for many American families.

What is interesting is how Latinos are celebrating the holiday by mixing many of our foods. Also see how to give your Dia de Accion de Gracias a Latino touch.

Puerto Rican Holidays

Puerto Rican HolidaysCheck out the most famous Puerto Rican Holidays. Puerto Rico is known for celebrating many holidays throughout the year as there are not only official holidays but also regional holidays to show the happy spirit of Boricuas.

Las Posadas Mexicanas

Posadas Mexicanasjavascript:;Posadas Mexicanas or the traditional Mexican reenactment of the search for lodging that Mary and Jesus did nine days before Christmas.

The San Fermín Festival

The San Fermin Festival

The San Fermin Festival in Pamplona, Spain, celebrates its patron Saint with the Running of the Bulls, bullfights, a procession and festivities for eight days. Get ready to enjoy this summer festival filled with Hispanic tradition and culture!

El Día de los Niños

El Dia de los Ninos
El Dia de los Ninos or El Dia de los Libros celebrates and honors our children. This tradition born in Latin America is now an official holiday in the U.S. that brings our little ones closer to literacy.

Fiesta de San Juan Bautista in Puerto Rico

La Fiesta de San Juan Bautista or St. John the Baptist’s Day happens mainly on the 24th day of June, and just like many other festivities in this part of the world, you can bet there will be a lot of food, dancing, processions and parades.

El Carnaval de Barranquilla

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El carnaval de Barranquilla in Colombia is one of the most recognized carnivals around the world. The festivities officially start on the Saturday before Ash Wednesday, but preparations begin long before, with all the locals working hard to design their own traditional costumes, build colorful parade floats, and prepare for music and dance performances.

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