Its the holiday season, Latinos are going from house to house carrying with them the gift that never gets old – tradition. From abuelas en la isla or the ancestors de la Inca, years of ritual come to life when present generations follow examples from the past. Tis’ the season to be Latino when finding money around the house, taking a walk around the block and midnight snacks take on new meaning. Check out these tradiciones that will keep you busy from the time the pavo hits the table all the way through the new year. See what looks familiar or find something new that you can incorporate into your holiday season!

The Rum Diaries

We all know the cream-colored pitcher sitting on the table isn’t always egg nog from the supermarket. Coquito is the smooth blend of coconut milk, cinnamon and rum. It’s the host of the party in many Puerto Rican homes. Every family makes it different and El Museo Del Barrio in New York City even has an annual taste testing of the famous drink. What started off as a Christmas tradition for Latinos is now served as early as Thanksgiving and has resonated with other cultures. The taste is too delicious to be denied and a small taste of Puerto Rico in a bottle can start any party.


Like A Virgin

On December 12th in Mexico find everyone at the Basílica of Guadalupe in Mexico City. There stands the highly revered image of the Virgin Mary where admirers from all over the country pay respect in their own way. The event is massive and a sight to see. Thousands bow their heads in praise. Since la virgencita is the country’s national patron, Mexicans everywhere celebrate the festivities and even take the party back to their own homes.

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Candida L. Figueroa is a writer and wine lover, often simultaneously. After receiving a B.A in Journalism she contributed to and ‘LLERO, finding her niche in covering the entertainment and Latino culture beat. Her greatest journalistic acheivement to date - an interview with Dolores Huerta – but were sure there is more where that came from. When Candida is not writing her favorites, she’s reading them. Among her top reads are the workds of James Baldwin, Kate Chopin, Bell Hooks and Julia Alvarez. Candida, a Brooklyn native, works a 9 to 5 with her head in the clouds. Follow her on Twitter @CFiggss

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