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Los Tamales

Ah, the tamal, that wonderful scrumptious delicacy that is commonly prepared during Christmas, fiestas and holidays were once called Utah by the Mayans. Tamales date all the way back to the early 8000 B.C. pre-colombian history and are credited to the Mayan and Aztec civilization. As the story goes, tamales were invented from the need… Read more

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Family Time Instead of a Party

A quinceañera is a celebrated tradition that transitions a young girl into a woman. It is marked with a festive celebration to commemorate a girl’s 15th birthday. It is generally celebrated in Mexico and other Latin American countries where Catholicism is rampant. It is a Latina’s very own sweet sixteen. Celebrating a quinceañera A quinceañera includes a mass… Read more

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Danza Folklorica

Danza Folklorica, also known as Ballet Folklorico, is a beautiful Mexican dance that reflects heritage and tradition. There are many types of dances from different states throughout Mexico that highlight the culture of that region through unique costumes and music. The folklore, costumes, colors, steps and many other elements represent  Mexican culture. Fabiola Méndez Chaparro, dances Ballet Folklorico,… Read more

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Why Are You Proud to be Latina?

The reasons to be proud as a Latina are endless with a culture full of rich traditions and history. These Latinitas editors and readers share their top reasons to be proud of their culture. I’m proud to be Latina because of what an amazing culture I have. My culture has rich food, spectacular dances, a… Read more

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Holiday Traditions Around Latin America

As the holidays approach and the frenzy to buy the perfect gift for your loved ones starts to creep up on you, it is important to take the time and reflect on what the season really means. It is also equally important to remember that as Latinas, we have our own special sazon to the… Read more

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History of Our Lady of Guadalupe

La Virgen de Guadalupe is one of the most praised saints in the Hispanic culture. She has risen to become the symbol of Mexico, and her basilica in Mexico is visited by millions every year. The Virgin’s iconic image can be seen in thousands of churches, homes and even city murals. Her legend is a miraculous… Read more

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Day of the Dead

Red, yellow, pink, white, black, purple and orange cut into intricate shapes decorate many Mexican homes and altars during what is known as the Day of the Dead or Día de los Muertos in Spanish. This unique colorful day celebrates family members who have passed away embracing la muerte (death). What are all these colorful… Read more

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Milagros

A milagro can directly be translated to “miracle” in English. For many Latinos, those shiny charms are meant for more than just decorations. These religious folk charms have traditionally been used throughout Latina America for healing purpose or as religious offerings. Early accounts of milagros tell the story of Hernan Cortez of Spain who offered… Read more

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Embracing Your Culture

As strong Latinas, we should take it upon ourselves to strengthen our culture in ourselves so we can easily spread it to our surroundings. Sometimes it may feel like measures to stifle our culture are being taken more often than not. Although it is sad and unfortunate, we can help promote our culture by embracing… Read more

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Traveling to Spain

During Spring Break 2012, I was given the opportunity to travel to Sevilla, Spain and spend a whole week there. Here’s a quick summary of Spain in my eyes. The People I arrived at Spain at around 12 o’clock p.m. CEST, meaning it was around 3 in the afternoon back in Illinois. I was so… Read more

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