Famous Hispanic Traditions You Should Celebrate

Because Hispanic people have a very rich culture and celebrations are part of their heritage, Spanish Studio has selected 4 Hispanic Traditions that are known all around the world!

1. Fiesta Quinceañera (or Fiesta Rosa)

It is a famous catholic Latin American celebration where teenagers celebrates their 15th birthday. It is a symbol who represents the passage from girlhood to womanhood.
The party starts with “la misa de acción de gracias” (mass of thanksgiving), and then all the family and friends are reunited to celebrate. During this special day, the 15-year-old girl wears a pink dress, and dances with her father or with her boyfriend.

2. Día de Muertos

This celebration is a typical Mexican tradition where you honor the dead on the 1st & 2nd of November. The 1st day of the celebration is dedicated to children, “Angelitos”, and the 2nd day to adults. People erect “altares” who they decorate with flowers, pictures of the deceased person and food. At this occasion, they wear very colorful clothes and makeup to represent the dead and they meet each other at cemeteries to share food.
This tradition is very different from other Christian celebrations since it is a very festive tradition to celebrate the deceased’s life.

3. Las Piñatas

It is a party ornament filled with candy inside. In the 13th century, Piñatas had a religious meaning, they represented Satan. A piñata was a ball with 7 cones, which represented the 7 deadly sins (pride, greed, sloth, gluttony, lust, envy and wrath.).
Today, piñatas are associated with fun! You usually find piñatas during birthday parties, but also during First Communions, Baptisms and other celebrations.
The goal is to hit the piñata with a stick (while you are blindfolded) and make all the candies fall. Es muy divertido!

3. Las Mañanitas

It is a famous traditional birthday song in Mexico, but also in Latin America. Usually, you sing this song early in the morning before the person wakes up, or just before eating the birthday cake. In Colombia, Las mañanitas is sung during Fiesta Quinceañera. You can find lots of different version of this song, but the mariachi performance is the most popular one.

4. Los Mariachis

They are famous Mexican singers who plays folk music with string instruments. They are dressed with white pants and peasant farmer’s shirts.
People celebrate many occasions with the Mariachis. For example, it is famous to make your declaration of love with them. This act of romance has a name “Serenata”. The Mariachis come out to your balcony and sing. There are steps to la Serenata, first song keep the lights off, second song you turn them on, and on the third song you come out to the balcony. Que romántico…

Do you know others Latino Americano celebrations traditions that you would like to share with Spanish people?