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There are no people in the world who have more holidays, religious feast days and general celebrations of life than do the Latin Americans.

Christmas in Argentina star
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.

Christmas in Brazil star
Christmas in Brazil is celebrated enthusiastically with a focus on family, religious services, vibrant decorations, fabulous food and colorful customs derived from its blend of diverse ethnic cultures. Brazil has unique traditions for the holiday such as Las Pastores, and Amigos Secretos.

Christmas in Chile star
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.

Christmas in Costa Rica star
During Christmas season Costa Ricans, or Ticos as they are affectionately known, enjoy a plethora of parades, fiestas, and traditions. In the true spirit of Christmas, the season begins with the annual Telethon, forty-eight hours of concerts launched to raise funds for Children’s Hospital.

Christmas in Cuba star
Christmas celebration in Cuba is exclusive in character and flavor. Fidel Castro, after declaring Cuba to be an atheist nation, banned the celebration of Christmas in 1969. What has happened since then?

Christmas in Mexico star
Mexico has numerous Christmas traditions some originating in Spain and others evolving from Mexico�s own history. Some of Mexico�s unique customs include las posadas, las pastelas, villancicos, Nochebuena and incredible food.

Christmas in Peru star
Peruvians love the Christmas holiday and it is a very special time. Christmas celebrations in Peru are a blend of the traditions of the native American and Spanish traditions. Peruvians embrace the Christmas spirit and make it their own with their unique customs.

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta! star
Cinco de Mayo is the anniversary of the famous Battle of Puebla. Though not an important battle, it was memorable. Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of an improbable triumph against overwhelming odds. Over the years, it has become an occasion to celebrate Mexican identity, music, dance and food.

Days of the Dead (Los Días de los Muertos) star
Días de los Muertos, Days of the Dead is one of Mexico’s most important annual observances. The ritual dates back 3000 years to their Aztec forebears. The Aztecs believed that the god Quetzalcoatl created the human race by pouring his blood over the ashes and bones of his ancestors.

Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) star
Día de los Muertos, Day of the Dead is one of Mexico’s most important annual observances. The ritual dates back 3000 years to their Aztec forebears. The Aztecs believed that the god Quetzalcoatl created the human race by pouring his blood over the ashes and bones of his ancestors.

Hispanic Holiday List star
I have compiled a list of Holidays celebrated throughout Latin America. I hope you enjoy learning about each of the holidays. Please check back frequently, as I will write articles and add links for each holiday over time as well as add more holidays as I find them. Happy Holidays!

How Hispanics Celebrate Thanksgiving star
Growing up Hispanic in the United States is unique compared to any other experience through out the Latin American world. It is a complex yet full experience in that you find yourself learning and respecting your roots

Mexican Christmas Traditions Posadas star
With so many Mexican Nationals moving to the United States as well as Canada, many of us wish to look into the past and present to catch a glimpse

The Hispanic Tradition of the Three Kings Day star
The Hispanic Tradition of celebrating the Three King’s Day or El Dia De Los Tres Magos actually holds its roots in Catholic Traditions. In the Catholic Tradition, the 6th of January is set aside to celebrate

The Poinsettia - Flor De La Noche Buena star
The Poinsettia, a Latin American flora, is used to decorate houses through out the world in readiness for Christmas.

Who is the Virgin de Guadalupe? star
December 12th is celebrated as the feast day of the Virgin de Guadalupe. Every year millions of people celebrate this day. Who was the Virgin? And why is she so important to the Mexican People?

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