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Dia de los Muertos is celebrated November 1st of every year and is predominately seen celebrated in Mexico. It is where families come together in cemetaries or public squares to celebrate the lives of loved ones who have passed away.
Presents Mexican customs relating to the care and remembrance of the dead. Discusses the imposition of Spanish Catholicism on traditional Indian beliefs and the purpose in celebrating the Day of the Dead. (Film)
The quinceañera, the fifteenth birthday celebration for a Latina girl, is quickly becoming an American event. This legendary party is a sight to behold: lavish ball gowns, extravagant catered meals, DJs, limousines, and multi-tiered cakes. The must-haves for a "quince" are becoming as numerous and costly as a prom or wedding. And yet, this elaborate ritual also hearkens back to traditions from native countries and communities, offering young Latinas a chance to connect with their heritage. Writer Alvarez explores this celebration that brings a Latina girl into womanhood, attending the quince of a young woman in Queens, and weaving in interviews with other quince girls, her own memories of coming of age as an immigrant, and the history of the custom itself. The result is an enlightening, accessible, and entertaining portrait of contemporary Latino culture.--From publisher description (Book)