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Hispanic Heritage Month: Celebrations

Hispanic Heritage Month: Celebrations


Celebrations in the Latino culture they’re a pretty big deal. Celebrations are really important probably we have more in Latin America than we have here in the States. So we do celebrate Noche Buena which is Christmas Eve and it’s usually all our family gathers around just to hang out in the
living room all dressed up. We would make tamales which was a huge event. It would go on for weeks before Christmas. Everybody would get together and we would roast a pig in the backyard. Usually we eat lamb it’s the most popular dish. Your cousin will bring some chicken your aunt will bring some rice and then we all would
pitch in to bring something to prepare the meal for Christmas. Another important celebration is New Year’s Eve. We eat 12 grapes
the last 12 seconds of the year. We share our experiences from the year and at the end
we look at the stars in the skies and we wait to the time that
the new year comes around and then we just jump and laugh. Many of us go to the beach and we celebrate there and we throw gifts in the ocean to the goddess Yemanja. January 6 we celebrate the Three Kings I think if you call it here the Wise Men. It’s when we exchange gifts. I get the stockings of my children and my husband and that’s how I surprise them. So the night before the kids clean their shoes and prepare cookies and milk
for the camels and they go to bed and they don’t sleep because
they are very excited because the next day,
the Three Kings are gonna bring the gifts. One of our very special times is Holy Week which is Semana Santa in Honduras. And basically what we do
is we get all together we plan a whole day at the beach. We would go to the church service together and we would have a big lunch,
a big feast afterwards and just go back to my grandma’s house
and hang out there pretty much all day playing games and really just enjoying each others’
company for the holiday. Last year, I was able to go to Mexico
for Day of the Dead. They just celebrate life even though
our loved ones aren’t here anymore. And so they usually create
altars for them with a picture of them and whatever their favorite
or special foods or drinks or anything that reminds them
of that special person. So, some occasions in the Latino culture that family and friends come to celebrate are quinceañeras. I had a quinceañera when I turned 15. It’s the transition from a little girl to a young woman. Traditionally, you would have a
huge party at like a ballroom. You do have a church ceremony. It was kind of like a wedding but without my groom. So I did the father-daughter dance and the mother-daughter dance. You go from flats to heels and have a big ballgown and you normally would have a court like a group of couples that would
dance a waltz with with you. And then there’s food and then
you party the rest of the night. It’s awesome to see what
our traditions were and how we still keep those traditions alive. It’s really just the the whole idea
of family and being together.

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