My parents have always taught me hard work and determination. Growing up as a Mexican-American, I have had the opportunity to grow in an environment where I am free and where I am enriched in my Mexican culture. My grandparents and parents have always filled my life
Christmas, Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and New Years are all celebrated by most Mormon families in some capacity. Unique dates held important by Mormon families are June 27, the day Joseph Smith and his brother were martyred, and July 24, the day that Brigham Young and followers first found their way to Salt Lake Valley (Heaton, 1992). Mormon families will celebrate holidays in much the same way as families of different beliefs in values, but often with different emphasis on certain topics. Mormons will use holidays as opportunities to increase the togetherness of their families and to promote the values of their family in a public or private
When I first moved to Mexico I was 15 years old; I had everything in D.R, friends, family, and sport, a life I really enjoyed and was really happy with it. I had always thought I was going to spend the rest of my life in my home country, since I was born there, but I guess I was wrong. I didn’t make it a big deal because I knew I was still going to be with my family, and family is everything. It was my first time going to Mexico and have a completely different lifestyle so I was pretty nervous. As soon as I arrived Mexico, I was completely shocked; All I saw were buildings everywhere; I was used to seeing land everywhere and animals right in front of my house.
Doning the title as a hispanic goes far beyond how one looks and speaks, but rather how one conducts himself through every step of their life. I greatly contribute my hispanic roots in shaping me into the young man I am today. The morals and traditions instilled in me such as my unparalleled work ethic and family values leach from my upcoming in a strong hispanic lifestyle. My Grandmother and her family immigrated from Mexico at an early age in a dire attempt to discover a life that bettered their quality of life. She had to tolerate working in fields to make money that then fed her at night.
Throughout history, Mexico and Brazil have been two of the biggest, powerful and influential countries in Latin America. Both of this countries share many social, political, economic and cultural similarities, but they also have many differences. Their Native people, struggle for independence, Revolution and social reforms were very parallel but distinct. Before the Spaniards and Portuguese arrived to the America different group of indigenous inhabited the land. Pre-Columbian Mexico was home to fully sedentary group of indigenous with “great empires…permanently sustainable forms of agriculture”.
My parents have raised me in the Mexican and American culture. They raise me to see things in an unbiased perspective to get a justified outcome. They taught me to keep an open mind because we don’t have all the answers. I was taught that if we were ever to do anything wrong, we must recognize it and apologize for it. I was taught that family does not necessarily have to be blood, as long as the people we call family, have our backs.
I am very proud of my Hispanic heritage. Even though, I am an United States citizen, I am always going to belong to my Hispanic backgrounds. There are so many reasons that I am proud to be Guatemalan and American that I could write a whole book about it. However, I regularly participate in my Hispanic culture and community through my family, traditions, and by being bilingual. One way I fit into my Hispanic community is by my family.
The Day of the Dead has its origins of a number of different national and religious customs. In pre-Hispanic times, the Mexican people maintained deep and personal times with their dead. In fact, family members were often buried directly
There are many requirements to be able to take permanent residency in Mexico. Among these are having close family in Mexico, prove retirement status as well as proof that you have a source of income, or you have stayed four years in the country with a temporary visa. To apply for any of these you can hire a lawyer
As a Mexican American, being Hispanic means everything I live, breathe and stand for. To me Hispanic means family, culture, unity, sacrifice and love. Growing up in a Mexican household, allowed me to embrace the meaning of family and welcome the core values that have been embedded in my heart and spirit. I am proud and honored to be taught how to work hard physically and mentally, to commit and lead in causes that are worth the fight, to sacrifice for others and to serve one another in love. Not only was I led by example of these things, but I had numerous opportunities to see it in Hispanic community and the church as well.
Out of the twelve criteria that indicate heritage consistency Manuel Perez meets 11 out of the twelve (Spector, 2013, pp 27-28). Indicating he is 91.6% heritage consistent with is traditional culture. Manuel was born in Mexico along with his two other sisters. Father and mother were also raised and born in San Luis Rio Colorado. There is consistent contact with extended family and involved in traditional culture activities such as attending church on Sunday and being active in the church.
When it comes to the Hispanic’s quinceanera I do know something things about it and then there are some things that I have learn by attending one of a close friend. I already know that a quinceanera is their version of the American “Sweet Sixteen”. I was already aware that they celebrate it by having a party with friends and family. I know that Hispanics are big on family and that a big milestone is a reason to celebrate it. I knew that it is a tradition that has been passed on from generation to generation.
Since I was about 12 years old I have searched for and studied other cultures. Many of my closest friends come from foreign countries and due to that I have participated in celebrations and traditions that range from a holi festival to a bar-mitzvah. Lately, one hundred percent of this devotion has been committed to integrating myself with and learning from the mexican culture. I currently live in a beautiful city in Mexico named Durango. The deep and profound love I have for this place finds its roots in my love for the people and intense interest in the culture.
Few places are as sentimentally valuable to me as the town of Acton—and for good reason. Acton is and always has been a significant setting in my life. As the location of my grandmother’s house—the gathering place of my family for every holiday or event—Acton has become a second hometown now synonymous to me with family. Presently, unavoidable changes have frayed my family’s connection to the town. While we have managed to adapt, it is uncertain if Acton’s significance to the family will remain in much more than memory before long.