12 Lesser Known Facts About Cinco de Mayo

12 Lesser Known Facts About Cinco De Mayo

Let’s get to some facts about Cinco de Mayo. Firstly, it’s not Mexican independence but it does celebrate another victory of the Mexican spirit over the binds of European colonialism. Its origins are found in the Battle of Puebla (de los Angeles) of 1862. During that battle, a small, poorly armed and far less experienced […]

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Christmas Traditions in Latin America

Latin American Christmas Traditions in the Sun

Latino Christmas Are you ready for your Christmas celebrations? I’m slowly but surely getting there. Today, I want to share with you some Christmas traditions in Latin America. I love the charm and crisp beauty of a white Christmas. Songs and poems and even movies pay homage to that imagery, after all. While the sentiments […]

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Feliz Día de Muertos

Feliz dia de los muertos

Day of the Dead celebrations centre around the belief that, for this day, the souls of beloved departed can return.  It is a belief that is steeped in tradition, history, religion and culture and is another example of the syncretism that bound new and old world values together.  Although celebrations to honour souls of the […]

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Mexico Celebrates 209 Years of Independence

El Grito de Dolores was pronounced by Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla

September 16 marks the anniversary of independence for Los Estados Unidos de México. Every year, celebrations begin on the night of September 15, when hundreds of thousands gather in the Zócalo at the Plaza de la Constitución for the President’s Grito. The Grito is followed by the singing of the national anthem and fireworks. Last […]

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26+ Hispanic Heritage Month Ideas, Resources and Activities

The Ultimate List of Hispanic Heritage Month Activities by Over The Andes

 What is Hispanic Heritage Month all about and why is it celebrated? Hispanic Heritage Month runs from September 15 to October 15 every year in the United States.  The month serves to engender a greater understanding and deeper appreciation for the contributions of the Hispanic peoples to the United States. It’s a time when the […]

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Friday Canción: Cinco de Mayo Songs

Hola, Otra vez es viernes.  And it’s also almost May 5th once again.  You remember the significance of Cinco de Mayo, right? It was the day in 1862 when a small, armed Mexican battalion faced off against the larger and stronger, invading French forces under the command of Napoleon III.  The steadfast determination of the […]

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Spanish Lesson 16: Christmas Greetings in Spanish

    Hola mis amigos.   You already know how to wish someone Merry Christmas in Spanish…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………  !Feliz Navidad! But perhaps you’d like to say a little more to your Spanish speaking friend or family member.  I’ve put together a short list of possible greetings you could use:   10 Christmas Greetings in Spanish   […]

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Día de las Velitas and other Christmas Traditions in Colombia

On the night of December 7, every year in Colombia, across towns, cities and country-sides, people go into the streets filling them with lights… millions of candles, in fact.  This is how they celebrate the feast of the Immaculate Conception of the virgin Mary. It is a very colourful affair. Multicoloured candles and lanterns decorate […]

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Día de los Muertos – Nov 2

While many around the world celebrated Halloween on Wednesday (Oct 31), in Mexico and (by people of Mexican heritage throughout the world) a different but somewhat related festival takes place today: Día de los Muertos. (Day of the Dead) In some parts of Mexico, children do incorporate the more American tradition of Halloween into Día […]

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How did Mexico win its independence?

Hidalgo and Mexican Independence

Mexican Independence Day celebrations begin at 11:00 p.m. on the night of September 15.  The sitting President of Mexico reenacts the Grito de Dolores from the balcony of the National Palace in Mexico City.  The President even rings the very same bell that was rung by Padre Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla as part of his […]

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