Cool Culture: Day of the Dead


Day of the dead is a Mexican holiday that is a mixture of both Pre-Hispanic & Catholic traditions. Day of the dead is actually broken up into 2 different parts:  All Saints Day (Nov 1) & All Souls Day(Nov 2) . On Nov 1  all children who have passed on are remembered.  A bigger celebration takes place on the second day.  There are lots of customs that go along with the celebration. On of the biggest & most important : the decorating of loved one’s graves with” flowers,  colorful festive adornments, candles, candies & treats. Also the person’s favorite food is prepared and offered to them. In the begining this was offered as a sign of help for the deceased so that they would be well prepared for the after life. Now a days it is a symbol of commemoration & celebration. It is used to remember who the person was &  the  life they lead. Beside the decoration of graves, some people build alters at home with the pictures of a loved ones & mementos. These alters are built with the same decorations &  material used for the graves.

Families spend long hours working on the graves & alters, some begin very early in the morning. All of it is  considered a work of art, because it shows : hard work, dedication, tradition, and creativity all in an effort to offer a good alter .  Another aspect of the celebration is: people spending the whole day visiting loved ones’ graves  & eat food they have taken to celebrate. This symbolizes that they still feel a connection with them & do not forget them or their presence. The basic meaning of this whole holiday is : We should never forget the beauty of life & celebrate it. We should rejoice that those who have passed away can rest in peace, and will always be in our hearts & in our lives.

Some towns hold parades in which people dress up like death, the meaning behind all this is not creepy or sad,  it’s happy & satirical. Also at these parades traditional folkloric music & dances are performed.

During these celebrations,  not just the two days, but rather a few weeks ahead Dia de Los Muertos products are sold: Toy skeletons, candies & bread are available.  You can buy a skeleton and have your name put on it, symbolizing you mocking your own death. Paper mache skeletons are a big part of the decorations & tradition.  Because this is a holiday about life rather then death, the skeletons are depicted as everyday people in everyday situations!

WHERE TO BUY DAY OF THE DEAD PRODUCTS:

CANDY SKULLS:http://www.mexgrocer.com/10069-7.html

PAN DE MUERTO(BREAD) : http://www.mexgrocer.com/10069.html

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LOL This guy looks funny just kicking back

THIS GUY LOOKS FUNNY JUST KICKING BACK

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DAY OF THE DEAD MAKE UP

LOL Her sign says  "Looking for a groom"

HER SIGN SAYS "LOOKING 4 A GROOM"

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FRATERNITY CELEBRATES DAY OF THE DEAD BY HOLDING A MOCK FUNERAL

FRATERNITY CELEBRATES DAY OF THE DAY BY HOLDING A MOCK FUNERAL.


 

 

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DAY OF THE DEAD PRODUCTS

Pan De Muerto

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THIS IS WHAT TRADITIONAL "PAN de MUERTO" = The Dead's BREAD LOOKS LIKE

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Here's someone's take on "Pan de Muerto"

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Yet another "pan de muerto" rendition

LOL This supermarket went all out & made a whole day of the dead skeleton!

WOW! This supermarket went all out & made a whole day of the dead corpse!

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Candy Skulls

People at a parade pretending to morn

People pretending to morn at a Parade

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Cemetery on Day of the Dead

Mexican TV : El Chavo del 8


Hilarious video from the classic Mexican family program “El Chavo del 8” = The youngster from apt # 8.  This is a program that is near & dear to Mexican culture.  Watching this with family has been a tradition passed down from generation to generation.  In this episode Mr. Ramon agrees to go to work for his snooty neighbor Mrs. Florinda as a vendor for her homemade churros.  Of course with the kind of luck Mr. Ramon  has…Trouble quickly ensues.  Mrs. Florinda keeps watching him like a hawk, no one will buy a churro, & on top of everything “El Chavo” won’t stop bugging & distracting him. The real LOL moments start when Mr. Ramon has to use the restroom, but can’t leave the churro stand unattended.

Hoy Presentamos un clip del “Programa #1 de la television humoristica” por supesto : EL CHAVO DEL OCHO!  Este clip es del episodio “Los Churros” en el cual Don Ramon trabaja para Doña Florinda vendiendo sus churros caseros.

Target’s Racists costumes : & THE HATE GOES ON


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(Sexy illegal Alien: complete with sombrero& poncho)

The Target Racist ass costumes incident has show us all one thing very clearly : & The intense, ugly HATE goes on.There are such strong reactions and condemnation on the whole subject of black face, but it’s funny how things like the costume thing can fly, well at least at first, which is just as bad as all together Right Under the Radar!  To us Hispanics, this is our black face. This is their way of telling us “We hate you!”, “You’re different”,  “To us you’re ugly, strange, sub creatures”.

The following Exerps from article “Behind The Mask” by -Yvette Cabrera  OCRegister.com

“But the controversy unmasked sentiments that have been brewing for years and have nothing to do with Halloween. For Zeke Hernandez, who is president of the Santa Ana LULAC council, the broader problem is that there is a “wave of misunderstanding,” when it comes to the immigration debate. All too often immigrants and Latinos in particular are dehumanized in a discourse that devolves into a bashfest. “I believe that it is essential to respect one another, and Halloween should not be used to scare people into hating other people,” says Hernandez.
“The costume fiasco drew praise from some anti illegal-immigrant groups who ridiculed the backlash and praised the costumes as funny.”

“The only people getting upset are the hyper-sensitive, over-politically correct, pro-amnesty, illegal alien-supporting nuts,” wrote William Gheen, president of Americans for Legal Immigration in Raleigh, N.C., on his group’s Web site.
Others jumped aboard. One Amazon.com reviewer wrote of the costume, “If there was only a way to depict him in an emergency room… or getting financial aid at a state college! Then it’d be 5 stars.”

“The Coalition for Human Immigrants Rights group in Los Angeles has been bombarded by hate mail, including this e-mail:
“I think you should go back to Mexico and Juarez and be killed there.”

“Such hatred is sometimes hidden behind another type of mask by those who claim they only oppose illegal immigration, but then proceed to single out, stereotype and verbally bash Mexicans and other Latinos. Sooner or later, the darkness creeps out, Halloween or not.”
“But many Latinos have had enough of the demonization.”

IMPORTANT WEBSITES & CONTACT INFO

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You look can also find  LULAC on twitter, they are even divided up into districts thus I could not post just one single twitter account.
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http://www.facebook.com/chirla

http://www.chirla.org/

http://www.youtube.com/user/chirlavideos#p/a

http://twitter.com/chirla

Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles
2533 W. Third Street, Suite 101
Los Angeles, CA 90057

Toll-free – 1.888.6-CHIRLA [1.888.624.4752

Telephone – 213.353.1333
Fax – 213.353.1344

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http://www.law.harvard.edu/current/orgs/professional-interest/hip/harvard-immigration-project.html

Email:  hip@law


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WE REFUSE TO BE  MISTREATED, OFFENDED,

OR TREADED ON!


Deja Huella Educate: Los Hispanos Y la educación


“Unfortunately, Latinos have the lowest high school and college completion rates of any racial or ethnic group. Despite recent advances in educational attainment, reports from the U.S. Census Bureau reveal that serious discrepancies remain when Hispanic educational levels are compared to other groups:

Hispanics registered a 23.8 percent high school dropout rate, the highest of any major racial or ethnic group (ages 16 to 24), compared to 7 percent for non-Hispanic whites.*
In 2000, 36% percent of Hispanic high-school graduates ages 18 to 24 enrolled in colleges and universities, compared to 44 percent of non-Hispanic whites.*
About 12 percent of Hispanic adults currently have a bachelor’s degree, compared with 30.5 percent of non-Hispanic whites.*
*National Center for Education Statistics, Status and Trends in the Education of Hispanics.-
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Tenemos que luchar! Tenemos que mejorar nuestra cituacion! No podemos seguir dejando que nos ataquen y nosotros sin armas. Educate superate. Superemosnos!  Si se puede RAZA! Digamos y demostremos con nuestras acciones “YO NO SOY MENOS YO SI PUEDO!”
lA IGNORANCIA MATA! Mata la causa daña a la raza, disuelve la lucha!

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Flying Mexicans given new status




“UNESCO( United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization)declares an ancient and spectacular art, the Ceremony of the Flyers performed by Los Voladores de Papantla, as worthy of World Heritage status.”

ReutersVideo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUqcn3_vS0U&feature=fvhl

Grandiosas noticias!  Me siento orgullosisisi-siiiiiiii- si ma!! Que la Organización Educativa, Científica y Cultural de LasNaciónes Unidads acaba de otorgar a la ceremonia de Los Voladores de Papantla, estatus : “Patrimonio Mundial”

FELICIDADES Y SI SE PUEDE MI LINDA PATRIA!!


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Mexican Kitchen’s Secret Wepon


From one culinary culture to another there is a golden rule that holds true:  Some of the most famous, delicious, & beloved recipes were born from handy/common ingredients,   & continue to survive because of simplicity of preparation Weather you’ve never tried Mexican food, were introduce to it and fell in love, or grew up on it , I  hope u’ll enjoy this next video. It’s a really simple recipe for “Enfrijoladas” (tortillas rolled in beans).  This is a good end of the week recipe for when you’re feeling tired or for when the fridge is empty & waiting for a refill, but you just haven’t been able to make it to the supermarket.


INGREDIENTS
4 Tables spoons of oil(veg or olive will do)
½ an onion (sliced)
1 clove of garlic(chopped)
1 large tomato (Gently boil it for a few minutes then dip in ice water, this will soften the skin & make for a smoother  liquidation of your tomato in the  sauce. You can even remove the skin if you wish.)
2 Ancho chilies (As around they’re bound to have it in the regular supermarket near the spices or veggies) Or you can visit a Latin foods store) They are sold dried & are soaked in warm water for re-hydration right before being used in sauces.
1 Cup of chicken stock (Remember low sodium is available, this helps to give you a healthier more natural home cooked flavor that won’t gross your taste buds out with too much saltiness.
Salt & pepper(to your liking)
50 grams of Pork Rinds (Crushed into small pieces, not a fine powder mine you =)
3 Cups of refried beans(can be home made or canned, however:  homemade beans are better,  since you need a loose bean consistency to cover the enfrijoladas . You can used their original cooking liquid to thin them out.)
INGREDIENTS
4 Table spoons of oil(veg or olive will do) This is for refrying the beans
½ an onion (sliced)
1 clove of garlic(chopped)
1 large tomato (Gently boil it for a few minutes then dip in ice water, this will soften the skin & make for a smoother  liquidation of your tomato in the  sauce. You can even remove the skin if you wish.)
2 Ancho chilies (Ask around they’re bound to have them in the regular supermarket near the spices or veggies) Or you can visit a Latin foods store) They are sold dried & you soak th em in warm water for re-hydration right  using them in sauces.
1 Cup of chicken stock (Used for thinning out the beans & for flavor. Remember low sodium is available, this helps to give you a healthier more natural home cooked flavor that won’t gross your taste buds out with too much saltiness.
Salt & pepper(to your liking)
50 grams of Pork Rinds (Crushed into small pieces, not a fine powder mine you =)  These will be dipped in the chili sauce then stuffed in the been covered tortillas.
3 Cups of refried beans(*Must be pinto. Can be home made or canned, however:  homemade beans are better,  since you need a loose bean consistency to cover the enfrijoladas . You can used their original cooking liquid to thin them out.)

& of course after the beans ,there is no ingredient more important in this recipe than : THE TORILLAS!(*corn tortillas needed for this recipe)

1 CUP of grated cheese-  can be any kind of Mexican cheese that u are able to  find in your super market . SOME RECOMMENDATIONS:(Cotija, Fresco,Oxaca)

If all you can find is Monterey Jack that will do just fine.

For garnish you may also want to drizzle some creame on top. Sour cream will do, however I really recommend you don’t substitute Mexican crema for it. Honestly it really does make a difference. Mexican crema has a softer, sweeter taste that won’t take the saltiness of your dish too far. You can find it in the dairy section of most supermarkets.

SO  you see, Everyone can embrace & eventually adapt & create their own twist on this lovely lovely simple simple Mexican kitchen secret. My mom actually adds a bit of chopped onion to her enfrijoladas & it gives the a soft little zest that goes great with the sweetness of the beans.

GOOD LUCK & BUEN PROVECHO = ENJOY YOUR MEAL

Mexicans: Why they’re so fresh


In today’s Mexican food section we have the thirst quenching , smile widening ,comfort food(drink actually)  “AGUAS FRESCAS” =  translated  Fresh waters.  “Aguas Frescas” are a very popular drink found in Mexico. “Aguas Frescas” can  easily be found in  all sorts of  restaurants or at vendor stands in Mexico. Truly there is  never a wrong moment for this delicious beverage. Proud to hold a place in Mexican homes(in Mexico & abroad), an essential part celebrations, & even sold after mass by the parishioners at some churches….  Just like a nice cold bottle of pop is a match made in heaven for a delicious order of burger & fries, no  drink gets along better with Mexican food than aguas frescas. Aguas frescas are know for not only their refreshing flavor & eye catching color, but also the famous large pitcher/jugs in which they  are made & stored in. Aguas frescas  are sold both in cups & for extra fun &  for more of a quirkiness factor, in plastic bags tied up with a straw inside.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aguas_frescas

Aguas frescas (Spanish for “fresh (cold) waters”) are a combination of either fruits, cereals, or seeds, and sugar and water, blended together to make a refreshing beverage. Although they originated and are most common in Mexico, aguas frescas have also become popular in Central America, the Caribbean, and the United States. Some of the most popular flavors include agua de tamarindo (made with tamarind pods), agua de jamaica (made with roselle), and agua de horchata (usually made with rice and cinnamon).

It is possible that from these aguas frescas the production of bottled fruit sodas such as Jarritos arose. In Mexico the beverage is often sold by street vendors, but in many cases fine Mexican restaurants will have a good selection of Aguas Frescas available.

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Aguas frescas come in all kinds of flavors :

WATERMELON

STRAWBERRY

RICE & CINNAMON

ALFALFA

DRIED HIBISCUS FLOWERS

TAMARIND

PINEAPPLE

LIME

GUAVA

& the list goes on & on!

In case U are wondering  =P Jamaica (hibiscus tea) is my favorite! Give me some & I’ll be in a good mood/ totally agreeable all day long =)

You can find “Aguas Frescas”   here in the U.S. in :  Mexican restaurants, or you can look for “Agua Fresca” shops too, they’re kinda like  a  smoothie shop only better =D  You can sometimes buy a nice tall fresh glass of “agua fresca” in your local Hispanic supermarket.

Although, I highly recommend that you enjoy a freshly made glass of this yummy treat, just in case you can’t get your hands on some of this awesome elixir freshly brewed… Worry not! You can buy instant “Agua Frescas” powder or canned drinks(also found in larger carton)in your local supermarket in the International foods isle, refrigerated  or you can also try online.  I love having these on hand for convenience.

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For more Aguas frescas info, recipes & products visit

http://www.mexgrocer.com/mexcocina-sep4.html

You can shop @ Superior Grocers

http://www.superiorgrocers.com/

http://www.klass.com/home.html

Stater Bros

Food 4 Less

Gigante Supermarkets

Just to name a few, don’t be shy. Go ahead & explore, there are many Mexican grocers through out =D


AGUAS FRESCAS RECIPES

from Foodnetwork.com

Ingredients

  • 1 large cantaloupe or half a watermelon, seeded and diced (about 3 cups)
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 to 3 limes, juiced

Directions

This and other similar fruit drinks, which translate literally as “fresh water,” are served all over Mexico and they’re a cinch to replicate at home. The key is to strain the pulpy fruit to make a clearer liquid. Instead of melon, you could use strawberries, pineapple, or mango — any fruit that is soft enough to puree.

Puree cantaloupe and pour through a fine sieve to eliminate pulp. In a pitcher, mix strained fruit puree with water and season with sugar and lime juice, to taste.

FROM MEXICANGROCER.COM

Agua de Tamarindo (Tamarind-flavored Water)

Tamarinds are used frequently in both Thai and Indian cooking. In Mexico they’re hugely popular and are regularly used to make aguas dulces, or sweet waters. They’re also used to make dulces de tamarindo, or tamarind candies. The pods of the tamarind tree are used in this delicious, unique drink. This recipe takes about an hour to prepare and another hour or so to chill. It makes a half gallon. Or, to buy a quick and easy mix for Agua de Tamarindo at MexGrocer click here at,Agua de Tamarindo.

20 tamarindo pods(three packages)
2 quarts water
1 1/2 cups sugar (or to taste)

Peel the tamarindo pods, removing the veins that run along the sides. Leave the seeds.

In medium saucepan, bring one quart water to a boil. Add peeled tamarindo pods. Boil over high heat for approximately 15 minutes, or until the pulp is soft.

Remove from heat and let cool until the pulp is ready to handle. Remove seeds from pulp and discard, along with any remaining bits of peel. Empty the saucepan into a blender. Add sugar and blend until liquified. Run the mixture through a strainer, discarding extra pulp. Pour into a pitcher and mix with remaining quart of water. Chill thoroughly before serving. Pour into tall, ice-filled glasses and serve.

FROM SIMPLE RECIPES.COM

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 pound diced seedless or seeded watermelon (without rind), about 3-4 cups
  • 8 ounces strawberries, stems removed (about a pint)
  • 1 Tbsp lemon or lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup cold water

WHAT A CIRCUS!


Grab a front row seat cuz life’s a totally amazing  three ring spectacle!

In today’s music section we have = ARTIST- Singer/Actress : EIZA GONZALEZ , SONG: TU CIRCO(YOUR CIRCUS)

This song is off the “Lola Erase una Vez” (Lola Once upon a Time) Original Soundtrack. Sorry there’s no official MV for this, so I got the next best thing a fan vid. Small little tidbit of cultural info “Tu Circo se acabo” is a popular saying in Mexican Spanish, meaning : Your Circus has come to and end” a.k.a.  your fun is over.

LYRICS

(Announcer)Come on by, Stop on by! Don’t let them tell you about it, they could be lying.  Come see  first hand the one who lost his love for being a dope.

You  who thought I would die

When I saw you with a new mannequin

You  who thought I was going to mourn

And just look at me casually wandering this bar

You thought  that when u  said goodbye

I was going to go into a deep depression

Truth be told , you’re not all that for me to to be getting so emotional

You who thought I’d miss you

Now you pursue me non stop

You who bet that I would break, now come crawling at my feet

Like a gum without any flavor left my heart spit ya out

Please, Don’t look for me anymore

On my part, it’s all over

It was you who said goodbye

And now you come asking for my forgiveness

It was you who said goodbye

And now you come asking for my forgiveness

There’s no more engaments or performances

It’s the end of your Circus

There’s no more engagements or performances

It’s the end of your Circus

Yea, yea! It’s the end of your circus

Your clown like antics don’t make me laugh

I think it best for you to leave

I neither hold grudges against you, nor hallucinate about you

But understand this, there is nothing left

Like a gum without any flavor left my heart spit ya out

Please, Don’t look for me anymore

On my part, it’s all over

It was you who said goodbye

And now you come asking for my forgiveness

It was you who said goodbye

And now you come asking for my forgiveness

There’s no more engaments or performances

It’s the end of your Circus

There’s no more engagements or performances

It’s the end of your Circus

It’s over now

(Announcer)  “Come on by, come on by! Buy your ticket & Don’t miss out!  Come see the shattered love show!”

It was you who said goodbye

And now you come asking  for my forgiveness

It was you who said goodbye

And now you come asking for my forgiveness

There’s no more engaments or performances

It’s the end of your Circus

There’s no more engagements or performances

It’s the end of your Circus

YEA YEA, YOUR CIRCUS IS OVER, YO-UR CIR-CUS IS OVER YEAAA!  x2

Flying Mexicans: Crazy Cool Culture


WATCHING THIS VIDEO ALL I CAN SAY IS WOW!

TOO FREAKING AMAZING!

Seriously,  I look at these beautiful traditions, the feat these men undertake every time they perform & it’s mind boggling. They’re so brave!


 

Gotta Love these guys, so brave first of all! And so awesome for being so dedicated and passionate about staying true to their roots. Also, for  wanting to share tradition with us all , which we should not miss out out &  how cool are the for passing it on?!!

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

 

Totonacs of Papantla, Veracruz performing the “voladores” ritual

The Danza de los Voladores de Papantla (Dance of Papantla’s flyers) is a ritualistic dance in Veracruz, Mexico performed by the Totonac Indians and Olmeca Indians. Five men, each representing the five elements of the indigenous world climb atop a pole, one of them stays on the pole playing a flute and dancing while the remaining four descend the pole with a rope tied by one of their feet. The rope unwraps itself 13 times for each of the four flyers, symbolizing the 52 weeks of the year.

This dance is thought to be the vestige of a pre-Hispanic volador ritual common not only in ancient Veracruz but in western Mexico as well.[1]

Origins

According to legend, a long drought covered the Earth so five men decided to send Xipe Totec, the God of fertility a message, asking them for the rain to return. They went to the forest and looked for the straightest tree, cut it, and took it back to their town. They removed all branches and placed it on the ground, then dressed themselves as feet/birds and descended flying attempting to grab their God’s attention.