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Here are the top ten articles for the Hispanic Culture Site! These rankings are live and get reset at the beginning of each month, so check back often to see what your fellow visitors are most interested in!
There are many places on the web where one might find out what the traditions of the Quiceañera celebration are as well as the gifts that are commonly given. In this article, I am going to cover the history of the Quiceañera as well as the meanings behind the celebration.
2. Latin American Death and Funeral Rituals
In most Latin American cultures death is intricately entwined with life. In many Western cultures people avoid talking or even thinking about death. Conversely, Latin Americans seem to embrace death. They may fear death but it is not ignored as a distasteful subject.
3. Traditions of Quinceañeras
The traditions of Quinceañeras may vary from family to family and from region to region but for the most part the core of the traditions are the same.
4. Gabriel García Márquez, 1927-2014
Gabriel García Márquez, a great Latin American journalist and novelist, was born in the town of Aracataca, Colombia on March, 6 1927 and died April 14, 2014 in Mexico City, Mexico. Marquez, known affectionately as Gabo the world over, is deeply mourned by millions of readers around the world.
5. Traditional Quinceañera Gifts and Accessories
There are some essentials for a traditional Quinceañera and then there are accessories that make the occasion seem like a fantasy for the evening.
6. La Malinche – Traitor, Victim, or Survivor?
One of the most maligned individuals in Mexican history is "La Malinche." Also known as Malintzin and Doña Marina, she was given to Hernan Cortés as a gift. Her bilingual skills (Nahuatl and Maya) made her a valuable asset to Cortés in the conquest of the Aztecs. Learn about this fascinating woman!
7. Guatemalan Huipiles – Heritage and Artistry
The colorful and vibrant huipiles of Mayan women emphasize their identity and reflects the history of their people over the course of three thousand years. Each huipil is unique in design. The technology used to create the fabric remains the same since pre-history using the backstrap loom.
8. Franklin Chang Díaz
Costa Rican Franklin Chang Díaz, one of the most prominent astronauts and scientists in the world, was enthralled by Sputnik and the birth of space exploration at the young age of six. Franklin thought people would someday travel to other planets and he wanted to be one of those explorers.
9. Christmas in Argentina
The Christmas Season in Argentina is all about family and festivity. Families decorate their homes with Christmas trees and elaborate pesebres. The Christmas feast of carne a la parillada with salads and panettone illustrates the various multicultural influences.
10. Christmas in Chile
In Chile, Christmas is primarily a religious holiday celebrating the birth of Jesus. It is a time for families to get together to enjoy each other, attend Christmas Eve mass, read passages from the bible reciting the birth of Jesus, and sing Villancicos Navidenos or Christmas carols.
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