Latino Traditions

Mother’s Day In South America

April 27, 2019Read More

Some things transcend nations, languages, and cultures. Whether you are in Asia, North America, Central America or South America you can bank on this truth. We all love our Moms! That being said many countries have there own select customs to honor their Mothers.

According to an article in TripSaavy there are a wide array of different traditions to celebrate Mother’s Day In South America. Here are a few of the differences you might discover in your travels into Latin America:

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Argentina

In Argentina Mother’s Day is hosted in the Fall, on the 3rd Sunday In October. This may seem a little different to us but remember the seasons area different in Latin America, with October being more like our Spring than May.

Bolivia

In Bolivia Mother’s Day celebrations have been combined with Independence Day events commemorating Bolivia’s independence over Spain. This is to honor the role women played in fighting against the Spanish.

Ecuador

In Ecuador you might see groups of male performers singing the praises of Mom in and out of different neighborhoods in public performances celebrating Mom.

Peru

One Peruvian Mother’s Day tradition is to make a visit to the cemetery to honor Mom’s who have passed on.

Regardless of the custom, Mother’s are the bedrock of society. Whether Latin America or North America, we strive to honor and thank them in many different ways.
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References


Brogan, A. (2016, February 24). You Won’t Believe these Mother’s Day Traditions in South America. Retrieved from https://www.tripsavvy.com/mothers-day-traditions-in-south-america-3889639

Latin American Holiday Food Traditions: Desserts

December 1, 2018Read More

There can be no holidays without desserts. While no one calls food the universal language, I wish they did. Every culture has holidays and more than not, sweets and desserts are involved. The Latin American Countries and their cultures are no different.

No they are not all exactly the same. Every culture has a different idea of size, shape, texture, and of course sweetness. They are all delicious and this is the uniting factor. But even with all the differences you can see some familiar themes. Three of these traditional items you will find in Latin American countries that fit this mold are Pannettone, Bunuelo and Coquito.

Latin America Christmas Traditions

Pannettone

This product originated in Europe but quickly found itself migrating to Latin American Shores following the Second World War. To sum it up simply, Panettone is the European and Latin American Fruit Cake. No I have not read one thing that called it a fruit cake. But the description was that of a sweet bread, formed into a shape, and filled with raisins and candied fruits. You know the saying if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck…then it is a.

Regardless it has transcended borders to give the universal gift of fruity sweet bread to the denizens of South American. Large Vida Pastel De Frutas.

Bunuelos

Moving on to the Bunuelos. The name sounds very exciting but it is very familiar as well. It is fried dough topped with something sweet. Usually it is a round shaped but can be irregular. While toppings and fillings vary among many Latin American Countries, it looks a lot like a..Doughnut. But better than a donut, it is another sweet tradition whose design clearly transcends borders. And besides, who can resist a donut?

Christmas sweets and treats from Latin America

Coquito

This one has to be my favorite. Found primarily in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean it seems to resemble a popular drink in North American Christmas Dessert Culture. The drink I am speaking of is..eggnog. The coquito is basically this with a lot of enhancements. This includes coconut milk, coconut cream and of course rum. Eggnog never had it so good.

Pour me a glass of coquito and be generous with the rum! Happy Holidays!

 


References

Katel, J. (2016, May 25). Top Ten Latin American Christmas Food Traditions. Retrieved from https://www.miaminewtimes.com/restaurants/top-ten-latin-american-christmas-food-traditions-6571036

A Christmas Tradition In El Salvador: Fireworks And Festivities

December 8, 2017Read More

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I saw a great article on Latin American Food And Christmas Traditions. The article could not possibly go over every thing done to celebrate the holiday season. But it did go over some interesting highlights that you may not know. As in America, Christmas has exciting traditions but they are not the same. One Tradition that caught my eye was Christmas fireworks in El Salvador.

Latin Christmas…Fireworks in El Salvador

This is one of my favorites. Christmas in El Salvador means fireworks. In many El Salvadorian locations you will see the sky ignited with bursts of colors. The streets will be littered with the remains of an intense launch of different pyrotechnics. But it is more than just. The fireworks are part of a larger tradition of festivities.

In fact they start on the 24th with the fireworks. Then there are special dishes that are prepared to enjoy as part of the celebration. It involves dining and dancing and is a celebration of a sacred holiday. And the party lasts all night, right into the 25th.

Now That Is A Way To Celebrate The Holiday!!


Sources

Christmas Around the World: How 6 Latin America Countries Celebrate Navidad. (n.d.). Retrieved December 07, 2017, from http://thelatinkitchen.com/travel/a/christmas-around-world-how-6-latin-america-countries-celebrate-navidad

Fun Facts about Christmas in Latin America. (n.d.). Retrieved December 07, 2017, from http://www.santillanausa.com/spanish-classroom/fun-facts-about-christmas-in-latin-america.html

 “For Tourists, By Travellers.” WTF – Waves Tours Fiestas, wtf-elsalvador.com/salvadoran-christmas.