Culture for Girls

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Expressing Culture Through The Arts

Creative expression is a great way to celebrate your culture. These inspiring Latina leaders used their creativity in different forms of art to illustrate children’s books, paint political artwork, design new fashion trends, create musicals and sing about their heritage. FILM/MUSIC/DANCE – Rita Moreno –(1931-) Puerto Rican actress Rita Moreno was born in Humacao, Puerto… Read more

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How to Plan a Quince

Spring is in the air; the flowers are about to bloom, and somewhere out there many young girls are on their way to turning fifteen! Quinceañeras are often very elegant and full of intricate decorations, in other words, beautiful celebrations! Not to mention the beautiful gowns the celebrated Quinceaneras wears to the party! However, these… Read more

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Embracing the Salsa

Salsa is played throughout the Hispanic world and has influences from Latin American and Afro-Caribbean countries. This popular dance style inspires confidence and freedom to improvise with the traditional steps. Whether it’s with a partner or dancing it out solo, salsa is a way to embrace the Latin culture one step at a time. Claudia… Read more

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Aguas Frescas

Whether you go to a local stand or enjoy the ones your abuelita makes, aguas frescas are simple, refreshing beverages that are also rich in nutritional value. The aguas are either made from sweet fruits, sour fruits, seeds or flowers, mixed with water and sugar. These drinks can be prepared for any occasion in which… Read more

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Celebrating 16 de Septiembre

16 de Septiembre is the day when people in Mexico get together to celebrate their independence. This holiday  isn’t only celebrated in Mexico, but in the U.S. as well! Because the United States is a country where diversity is welcomed, there are many Hispanic people in the U.S. with Mexican family and blood. Even though… Read more

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The 411 on Quince Traditions

So you’re having a Quinceañera. First off, congratulations! You’ve reached a very important part of your life and it is fitting that you go all out for your 15th birthday, chica! You’ve probably already heard from friends and family just how important a Latina’s 15th birthday is. But what exactly does a Quinceañera mean for… Read more

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DIY: Latino-Inspired Ice Cream

Being proud of your latina heritage is something that we should all express throughout our lives. How about through food? This latino-inspired ice cream is sure to satisfy your cravings during the warm-weather months. So, grab some friends and enjoy these delicious ice cream recipes. Dulce de Leche Ice Cream: What you will need: 1… Read more

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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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