It’s Cinco de Mayo! Time to celebrate Mexico’s biggest holiday with sombreros and two-for-one margaritas, right? While the occasion is one big fiesta in the United States, it’s not that way in Mexico. While I love tacos and margaritas as much as the next gal, I think it's also important to understand the history behind this event. Our friends at Mamiverse have an explanation of the battle that the event commemorates:...more
If you live in North America or Europe, it may be hard to imagine December without reminders of Christmas everywhere, from the festive decorations in public spaces to the days that business virtually grinds to a halt around the 25th. But what about people who want to mark the occasion in a country that is not a predominantly Christian culture?
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Are you taking down your holiday decorations and moving on to the new year? Not so fast! In Latin America, many Catholic families celebrate "Los Tres Reyes Magos", also known as Three Kings' Day or Epiphany. This holiday, in honor of the three wise men visiting the baby Jesus, marks the end of the twelve days of Christmas.
Travels with Baby guest blogger Alejandra Vicco explains how the occasion is celebrated in Argentina:...more
[Editor's Note: The seven-day festival of Kwanzaa begins on December 26. What's Kwanzaa, you ask? Well, read on! Laina Dawes explains the basics of this celebration of African culture. --Grace]
We´re finally here. Eight hours traveling with a squirmy toddler would test anyone’s patience, but being with my family again makes it so worth it. One of the greatest things about Christmas is tradition, making new ones and reliving old ones. Traditions are a simple way of transmitting our values and our culture, making us part of history, thus becoming the glue between the past and the present.
[Editor's Note: As part of our ongoing look at different cultural rituals -- both traditional, and with a twist. The Jewish High Holy Days, or Days of Awe, are the ten days from Rosh Hashana to Yom Kippur. It's a time of reflection and repentance. Who better than BlogHer Blogging and Social Media editor Melissa Ford to explain what the Jewish High Holy Days would look like if lived out on the Interwebs. No matter what your faith, I think you'll be able to relate. --Grace]...more
Monday, September 12 marks the Mid-Autumn Moon Festival, a celebration of the harvest for Chinese around the world, as well as many other Asian cultures. It's a holiday rooted in folklore and history, but for many Chinese Americans, it's all about the moon cakes.
In my experience, these dense, sweet pastries come from a tin or a Chinese bakery. I don’t know any Chinese Americans who make them from scratch anymore—they are intricate, labor intensive, and who has the time?...more