Meet New Friends!

Recommended friends are based on your interests. Make sure they are up to date.

Kidzworld Logo

Hispanic Culture and Traditions

"Heritage" is defined as the customs and traditions that are handed down from generation to generation of families and society. A person with Latino heritage is a descendant of a family from Mexico, Central America or South America. Peeps who are Hispanic are from a country where Spanish is spoken. In honor of Hispanic Heritage month, (which is celebrated from September 15th to October 15th), let's check out some of their traditions.

Hispanic Holidays

Cinco de Mayo
Cinco de Mayo is a proud day for Mexicans who celebrate the victory over the French at the battle of Pueblo on May 5, 1862. The French army was better armed and three times larger but the Mexican army still defeated them. Now every May 5th there are parades, music and lots of celebrating!

Mexican Independence Day
September 16th, 1810 marks the day when Mexican priest, Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, called for the arrest of all Spanish settlers living in the town of Delores. He sparked a revolution that lasted over 11 years. But, by 1821, Mexico managed to claim its independence from Spain.

Puerto Rican Emancipation Day
Emancipation is when slaves were set free. Puerto Ricans celebrate Emancipation Day on March 22nd.

Hispanic Traditions and Culture

  • Piñata: A decorated container filled with candy and toys is suspended in the air to be broken by blindfolded kids with sticks. Piñata's are used as part of Christmas and birthday celebrations in certain Latin-American countries. Find out how you can make your own piñata right here!
  • Aztecs: These peeps are the native people of central Mexico whose civilization was at its height at the time of the Spanish conquest in the early 16th century.
  • Quinceañera: The Quinceañera is the Latina coming-of-age celebration on a girl's 15th birthday. The word "quinceañera" comes from the Spanish words "quince" for 15 and "años" for years.
  • El Chupacabra: El Chupacabra is a mythological creature whose name translated into English means "the goat-sucker," because that's exactly what it does. El Chupacabra made its first appearance in the farmlands of Puerto Rico where it left tons of goats dead. All of the goats had been left fully intact, but were drained of all their blood. Scary.

To check out more Hispanic culture and traditions, click here.

Related Stories:

Related Stories

Cinqo de Mayo is on it's way. Get ready to party by making your own pinata! We've got a step-by-s...
Hispanic culture is about a heck of a lot more than tacos. Check out the 411 on this vibrant comm...
Cinco de Mayo is a big holiday in Mexico. The Mexican army was outnumbered by the French army but...
Head to the famous cliffs in La Quebrada, Mexico and watch divers jump into what looks like just ...

When is the Day of the Dead?

  • January 1st.
  • It's sometime in October - it changes every year.
  • May 5th.
  • November 1st.

Random In The Forums

DavidBecker posted in General:
Ouija Board and the Ideomotor Response (Source: Wikipedia) Following its commercial introduction by businessman Elijah Bond on July 1, 1890, the Ouija board was regarded as a parlor game unrelated to the occult until American Spiritualist Pearl Curran popularized its use as a divining tool during World War I. Spiritualists believed that the dead were able to contact the living and reportedly used a talking board very similar to a modern Ouija board at their camps in Ohio in 1886 to ostensibly enable faster communication with spirits. Paranormal and supernatural beliefs associated with Ouija have been harshly criticized by the scientific community, since they are characterized as pseudoscience. The action of the board can be parsimoniously explained by unconscious movements of those controlling the pointer, a psychophysiological phenomenon known as the ideomotor effect Ideomotor phenomenon is a psychological phenomenon wherein a subject makes motions unconsciously. The phrase is most commonly used in reference to the process whereby a thought or mental image brings about a seemingly "reflexive" or automatic muscular reaction, often of minuscule degree, and potentially outside of the awareness of the subject. As in reflexive responses to pain, the body sometimes reacts reflexively with an ideomotor effect to ideas alone without the person consciously deciding to take action. The effects of automatic writing, dowsing, facilitated communication, and Ouija boards have been attributed to the phenomenon. Mystics have often attributed these effects to paranormal or supernatural force. Many subjects are unconvinced that their actions are originating solely from within themselves. Scientific tests by the English scientist Michael Faraday, Manchester surgeon James Braid, the French chemist Michel Eugène Chevreul, and the American psychologists William James and Ray Hyman have demonstrated that many phenomena attributed to spiritual or paranormal forces, or to mysterious "energies," are actually due to ideomotor action. Furthermore, these tests demonstrate that "honest, intelligent people can unconsciously engage in muscular activity that is consistent with their expectations".[9] They also show that suggestions that can guide behavior can be given by subtle clues (Hyman 1977).
reply about 3 hours
Abbergrl posted in Say Anything:
Exactly. I tend to judge wrongly when I am not in such a good moodand I realize how nfair I am being. The people were actually really nice; they just didn't really know me and so they wouldn't talk I learnt to reat others the way I'd like to be treated. And I still do it sometiems but I'm trying to stop. 
reply about 3 hours
Abbergrl posted in General:
@heyangelhere ANGELLLLLL lol I wanted to wiiiiiin but congratsCan we make another like that? I'd just discovered it and started loving it.
reply about 4 hours
Abbergrl posted in General:
reply about 4 hours
Hey guys! So I enjoy writing stories, and PunMaster gave me the idea to make a forum where I can post my writing! So uh, here it is.
reply about 6 hours