I met this incredible woman late in my life. She happened to come into my life once my mom married her son. She always had something interesting to say about her life. When this paper was discussed in class I knew who exactly I was going to write about. Here is the story of Teresa Torres: Currently Grandma Terri is seven-eight years old. She was born in El Paso, Texas on October 3rd, 1939. She was born and raised in a small town. Growing up in such a small town she was very secluded to world events. In the mid forties, about eight years old, she knew there was a war happening, which was World War II. She only knew the war was happening because her father worked on the Southern Pacific Railroad, his employer kept him busy during this …show more content…
She grew up drinking Mexican hot chocolate. In most Mexican cultures, the practice of religion was important. During Christmas time, she would celebrated the nativity. They would also make tamales, which is a traditional Mexican Christmas dish. She would also celebrate Dia De Los Muertos. Her family would travel to Juarez, Mexico and watch the festival. Dia De Los Muertos is an important Mexican tradition, in which Mexican families honor their dead ancestors with food and gifts to show that they remember them. She also often listen to Mexican movies and listen to Mexican music. As a child, for entertainment she replied mostly on imagination. Since television was introduced into America in the late 1940s she did not have a television until her late teens. She replied on the radio. She would listen to shows such as “Low Ranger,” and comic books as such Little Lulu. Little Lulu was her favorite. As she grew older she would go to the movies on the weekends, which would play cartoons, world news, and double features. Movies back then only cost twenty-five cents. She use to play jacks with her family and friends out in the front porch since there was no air conditioner.. She would make paper dolls on her spare time. Her and her family would go out to Big Boy, which was a popular diner style restaurant in Texas. She would also travel to Juarez, Mexico. They would visit
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If I had the opportunity to interview anybody in my family it’d be my grandma because she grew up very poor and had to work for everything she ever received. She now is a millionaire and has traveled all over the globe. Grandma has always been a brilliant lady, and has had a full life.
Many Mexican people have preserved and still do many of their ancestors’ traditions. Tradition plays a big role in my family for example: the food we eat, the music we listen to, what we dance to and what we celebrate to. I wanted a sweet sixteen but of course being Mexican my parents said no. Being in the Mexican culture tradition is that when you turn 15 you’re supposed to have a Quinceanera it symbolizes that you are no longer a kid but you are now a young women. Many people think a Quinceanera is just a party but the real tradition is to have a church mass. Since I am catholic that consists of me going to church and thanking God.
To Maria, Mexican culture revolves all around your family, morals, and traditions and religion. “You have to be proud of where you come from, Mexican culture is about being proud of who you are” said Maria. “My Father taught all of my brothers and sisters to look out for one another because with out family you have nothing.” Ever since Maria born her family has been very religious. She was baptized in a church is Guadalajara, but she
Mexican culture celebrates their independence with a holiday and fireworks on Cinco de Mayo. The American ritual for independence is celebrated on July 4th also with a holiday and fireworks. Another ritual that is participated in annually by both Mexican and American cultures is the celebration of Christmas. Gift giving is a common ritual during the Christmas season. There are also some very unique rituals specific to each culture. For starters, one the most distinctive rituals in all of the World takes place in the Mexican culture, Dia de Los Muertos. Dia de Los Muertos is a celebration with masks like skulls and dancing honoring late ancestors. Another ritual specific to the Mexican culture is the holiday recognizing the Lady of the Guadalupe. The ritual feast remembers the sightings of her near present day Mexico City. American culture also contains some unique rituals. A very patriotic ritual takes place in the grade school class everyday; it is called the Pledge of Allegiance. This ritual instills patriotic values as well as teaching loyalty to thy nation. Thanksgiving is another example of a ritual not in Mexican culture that is in American culture.
For many centuries, the reputation of Latinos and Hispanics both have been discriminated and have inspired many people through ethics and culture. Some people may think there always out of jobs, or they have no level of education and dropouts. Latinos are just like anyone trying to get by and put all the effort into becoming better and giving their all into any situation. Mexico in American eyes is looked upon poorly but But they also maintain strong reputations of work ethic, family oriented and passionate.
How do they celebrate La dia de los Muertos? La dia de los Muertos is a three day celebration, “celebrated in mexico and parts of North, Central, and South America.” (Pat Betteley) La dia de los Muertos is a happy, colorful fiesta, it includes music and dancing, spirits and food, lots of food. People wear wooden masks and dance to honor deceased people. Popular dances like La Danza de los Viejitos (The Dance of the Little Old Men) and La Danza de los Tecuanes (The Dance of the Tigers/ Jaguars). People celebrate
Some the holidays of the mexican culture include, new years eve, new years day, constitution day, good friday,easter, labor day, cinco de mayo, mothers day, fathers day, independence day, day of the races, day of the day, and christmas day.
On January 6, we cut a cake that is named Roscon DeRejas cake (three kings cake). There are little pieces of paper inside the cake that have good luck wishes. For Christmas we do tamales. We eat lots of foods, like mole with rice. One of my favorite parts of Christmas is opening my presents and eating traditional Hispanic foods. Another thing that I like about the 24th of December is that we get candy because we celebrate El Nino Dios (Baby Jesus). First, we need to kiss the baby so we can get candy. Then, we wake up El Nino Dios and put him to sleep with a kiss. After that, we pick a different day that we want, like for example January 27th, when we wake up El Nino Dios. On that day, we get candy again. For the September Fair, we get candy bread and play fun traditional games and eat all kinds of true Mexican
Mexican culture is an explored and a unique form of tradition, things like music to style has been shared all over for years. Traditions, music, food, religion and much more have been spread across the world and have been enjoyed by many around the world. One of the most important traditions in mexico is The Day of the Dead, and is celebrated on November first but festivals can last up to the whole week. Many Hispanics well tell you that one of the most important holidays of the year is The Day of the Dead
My family has many traditions one of them is to make tamales on Christmas Eve so they are ready for Christmas Day. My family stays up on Christmas Eve and we stay up all night till the clock hits 12:00, that is when we start opening presents. Later on we go to sleep/take a nap and wake up so we can do El Nacimiento de Dios. El Nacimiento de Dios is when our family gathers around the setting of where Jesus was born and "we see his birth". We usually do a posada which is huge dinner with many types of Mexican foods like tamales, posole, rice, beans, etc. Each year my grandma, grandma, uncle, aunt, and some cousins come for Christmas from Mexico and we have a family gathering where we meet our family members in which we have not seen for a long
Mexicans celebrate many holidays and each is determined by the Catholic calendar and by the family dynamics. Families come together to reconnect, family reunions, and holidays. Of all the religious celebrations they have, Easter is the most important. Another religious celebration they recognize is Day of The Dead. Days of the Dead are a celebration for those that have passed on, this is to show respect for the dead.
Mexico, along with other Spanish speaking countries they have many different traditions they celebrate yearly. One of the most important holidays in Mexico is known as Día de los Muertos otherwise known as Day of the Dead. This holiday is represented as the day of remembering the dead, but in a very different way. They celebrate the lives of the ones they lost during this day. For example, they go to their loved ones grave with food, music and other objects that represented the deceased life. The history of this holiday dates back three thousand years and is still evolving. This holiday involves a lot of culture and tradition that represents the people and their ways of life.
She first started helping out in her father’s grocery store when she was in grade school. In high school, she worked at the new movie theater that was located on Center Street. First in the concessions making popcorn, and then she was promoted to selling the movie tickets. She sold Avon cosmetics, and demonstrated microwave ovens. She also provided childcare for parents, and watched people’s homes when they were out of town. She did some office work for Joe Mandolfo. Lastly she worked at cleaning homes, until she thought it was become too difficult for her as she was
As I now celebrate Halloween in America, going out and dressing up, I don’t forget about “el Dia de los Muertos”, although I am not in Mexico I have brought the celebration back home, I pray for my great grandparents and other late family members and friends. I try to incorporate both cultures in my life and I have realized that I am creating my own traditions with combining
I will tell you a tale of a woman of great success. This is a woman that has inspired me to be something great one day and to never give up trying. Though she may be growing into her elderly years she has lived a very challenging, joyful, loving and successful life. She is a woman of great faith and character, she is my grandmother.