Hispanic culture

Important Values

  • Family
  • Religion
  • Marriage
  • Food

Family Values- In Hispanic culture, family is a very important part of daily life. Most families that live together, do not just include mom, dad, and children. They majority of Hispanic families have aunts, uncles, grandparents, and children all living under one roof. It is also common practice for the grandparents, specifically the grandmother to raise the children. The eldest male in the house is deemed man of the house and makes the executive decisions.

Religion

  • Catholic faith is the most practiced
  • Most popular celebrations: Semana Santa, Cuaresma, La Navidad, and Los Tres Reyes Magos
  • Began with Roman Catholic faith

Marriage- There are many important Hispanic traditions when it comes to marriage. It is the uniting of two families and very important. Both sides of the family are equally involved and have a tight knit relationship.

  • Arras- The groom gives the bride 13 coins; 1 represents Christ and the other 12 are his disciples
  • El Laz0- Parents drape a silver rope or decorative ribbon around the shoulders of the newly weds to symbolize their bond
  • Heart-Shaped Dance- The guests form a heart shaped ring around the couple during their first dance
  • Cake-Buried within the layers are small charms. The woman who pulls out the ring charm will be the next to marry
  • Candle Ceremony- The bride and groom each use their own individual candle to light a larger one together to symbolize two becoming one

Food

  • Many Hispanic foods are defined by spices
  • Common foods are ceviche, mole, and tortillas
  • Food is used as a way to bring family and friends closer together
  • It is commonly prepared by the women of the house

Interview- Eddy Gaspar, age 19

I have a handful of Hispanic friends. I asked one of my friends, Eddy Gaspar, about his culture. Being able to talk to him about it helped me learn more about the Hispanic world. He was able to tell me what it is like growing up in a Latino household. To him, he feels as though he has a very strong and tight knit relationship with his parents. He grew up always eating homemade Mexican foods and has also visited Mexico. He enjoys being Hispanic because it makes him unique but also helps him identify with others of the same ethnicity.

1. What part of Mexico are you from? -I was born here but my family is from Guadalajara

2. Have you visited and what is it like?- I've visited Guadalajara almost yearly since I was a kid. I love visiting because there is a strong sense of community and family, and lots of culture

3. What i your favorite part about your culture?- It's definitely how family oriented we are and how much value is placed on family time.

4. What holidays do you celebrate?- One of the holidays we celebrate is Dia De Los Reyes Magos and I'm no sure why but we all get together as a family and eat a special type of sweet bread.

5. What are your favorite authentic Hispanic foods?- Tamales are definitely my favorite Hispanic foods.

6. What do you recommend people do to learn more about Hispanic culture?- Take a trip to Guadalajara and visit all the historic locations!

7. Where are your parents from?- My dad is from Oaxaca and my mom is from Guadalajara.

8. Do you have any family traditions that pertain to your culture?- We don't have any particular traditions. However we do have beans and tortillas very regularly in my household.

I have always enjoyed Hispanic Culture. I love the emphasis that it places on family. About 2 years ago, I attended a Quincenera as a date to one of my friends. He knew how much I enjoyed the culture and offered to give me a hands on experience. The celebration was so colorful, cheerful, and loving. A Quincenera is the celebration of a girl becoming a woman. I was able to firsthand see how important family is and how loved the children are in Latino families. From attending this ceremony, I was really able to grasp the concept of how close families are and how important loving relationships can be.

I come from an Indian family. Although we live in America, we still do have some cultural aspects to us. The Quincenera that I attended reminded me of a ceremony that I celebrate called Diwali, it means festival of lights. Honestly, I am not sure what the purpose of it is but when it does come around in November my mom makes special Indian foods that she never usually does. We all eat together as a family and decorate the house with little candles. After dinner, we go outside and light sparklers until the night is over. Diwali is also celebrated by a dancing party called garba. Personally, I am not much of a dancer but when I do attend it's basically a very big group of strangers dancing together. It doesn't matter who everyone is and even if we know them, everyone just seems to connect at that moment. I relate the two events because they both are very lively and happy festivals. It doesn't matter who you know or don't know, everyone becomes your friend at that moment.

Hispanic and Indian culture are very closely related. There are no major differences between the two. The family household is run the same way and the spices used are pretty similar to each other. Both are very colorful and festive cultures. One slight difference I see is how much more easy going Hispanic households are. In Indiana homes, parents tend to be more strict and breathe down your neck. Hispanic culture still is strict and enforces responsibility but still let their children have a very free lifestyle. The textbook also discusses the importance of communication and ways of interacting. Hispanic tend to be much more open and easy to talk to than Indian families. Children's opinions are not always respected and are looked down on in Indian culture.

I think the Self Awareness imperative relates to this project because it's purpose is to place an emphasis on understanding other cultures and respecting them. In order to do this, we all need to be accepting of various cultures without any type of discrimination. The Interpretative Approach also ties in because it discusses how we see human behavior. By understanding why we act and react in certain ways, we can reduce negativity by being aware and controlling it. The text helps to open up your mindset and submerge yourself into new cultures and try to make them your own in a sense.

Works Cited

  • Martin, Judith N., and Thomas K. Nakayama. Intercultural Communication in Contexts. Boston:McGraw-Hill, 2007. Print.
  • "Spanish and Portuguese Studies." Food and Culture in the Hispanic World | Spanish and Portuguese Studies | University of Washington. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Apr. 2017.
  • "10 Beautiful Hispanic Wedding Traditions." Mamiverse. N.p., 06 Aug. 2016. Web. 04 Apr. 2017.
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  • Gaspar, Eddy. "Hispanic Culture." Telephone interview. 25 Mar. 2017.

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