January 15 is a huge day for the city of Esquipulas, Guatemala (222km from Guatemala City). It is the day of the Feast of the Black Christ or Cristo Negro. Esquipulas is a city on the border between Honduras and El Salvador, and receives one million pilgrims from Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Mexico every year. It turns out that there are thousands of Black Christ devotees from Guatemala in the heart of Los Angeles, and their abode of worship is Santa Cecilia Church.
If you grew up Latin American (or Spaniard) and Catholic, the Chrismas season isn’t over yet. This morning probably finds you celebrating with goodies left by the Reyes Magos, and having a wonderful sweet bread called Rosca de Reyes for breakfast with a huge cup of hot chocolate, atole or champurrado to wash it down. Jan. 6 is El Día de Los Reyes Magos or …
¡Feliz 2013! The beginning of a new year has arrived, but for the past three weeks millions of Angelenos have been taking part in holiday rituals and
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A Tamal Feast (photos by Javier Cabral)As part of their new Cultural Continuum series, Mercado La Paloma in South Los Angeles hosted a Tamal workshop last week through their popular Yucatán Restaurant “Chichen Itza,” and we were invited.
Chef Gilberto Cetina showing everybody what’s up with tamales YucatecosThe Mercado, located across the street from the DMV offices and
December 12 is the day of the Virgen de Guadalupe. Across Mexico — and the world — devotees flock to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in the heart Mexico City to celebrate and pay tribute to the patron saint that Catholics call the Queen of Mexico and the Empress of the Americas.
Los Angeles is the second city with the largest of population of …
Maria Rosita Cabral and her proud turkeyContrary to popular belief, Thanksgiving is not always what you learned about in school. The imagery of overflowing cornucopias and indians eating in peace with pilgrims never existed in my Mexican American upbringing. The paper cut-out “pilgrim” hats that I made in Elementary school had no significance beyond the lesson that day. No, for my family, the only thing …