Latino Families Celebrating Life’s Events
From La Presentación to Quinceañeras to Weddings to celebrating El Aniversario de los Abuelos, Hispanic celebrations are joyful gatherings enriched by cherished customs and traditions.
The richness of Spanish celebrations is enhanced by the wide range of Hispanic backgrounds – Mexican, Caribbean, Central and South American – as well as the surrounding culture of North America, its language and its cultural norms.
The traditions of native culture influence the spirit that animates the life of the Hispano. These traditions are usually ritual expressions of gratitude, love and commitment. They are manifested in church ceremonies and gran fiestas with family and friends. And, for the Latino, la familia means not just mom, dad, brothers and sisters, but also abuelos, bisabuelos, tías, tíos, madrinas, padrinos, comadres, compadres and oftentimes, their church family.
The celebrations of life’s stages and milestones serve to illustrate and express gratitude to God for the gift of life, love for family and friends, and commitment to honor and serve God, the family, and by extension, the community.
Here, then, are just some of the beautiful Latino customs that we celebrate.