Latino Holidays in 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
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.
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 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 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
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.
Day 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 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!
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…
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 or Día 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.
Check 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
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 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 or El Día 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.
La Fiesta de San Juan Bautistas 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.
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