Category: Family

Wedding Traditions of Puerto Rico

  A wedding is a joyous celebration and that is no different in Puerto Rico. There are a few traditions that are associated with a conventional Puerto Rican marriage. One of these traditions is the offering of the bride and groom a beverage called café con leche and is served in coconut cups. The Bride’s Bouquet Bridal bouquets in Puerto Rico are abundant with the amapola, which is a traditional flower often used at a Puerto Rican wedding. The bouquet may also contain a fan as it is a part of traditional wedding attire in Puerto Rico. The maids...

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Rita Moreno at Sofrito

An award for performing doesn’t exist, that Rita Moreno hasn’t already won.  Oscar, Tony, Emmy, Grammy and even the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush, reflect her achievements, talent and hard work.  She’s been in movies and television shows that defined generations – Singing In The Rain, King & I, West Side Story, Carnal Knowledge, Oz, Law & Order, Muppet Show, Cosby, Electric Co.  But awards don’t define this multi-talented artist as much as her character does.  From the West Side to the land of Oz and far beyond, we’re riding with Rita Moreno … in...

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Tracing Your Latino Family Tree Part II: Puerto Rico

by Julio Saenz • September 6, 2013 In today’s installment of our series on building your Latino family tree, we sat down with Jose Olivieri Rivera.  Jose has done a tremendous amount of work researching his roots in Puerto Rico and it led him all the way to the Mediterranean island of Corsica. What made you get interested in researching your family tree? When I was a kid I would hear these unusual names mentioned. They weren’t the usual Garcia or Vazquez. They were unusual: Olivieri, Benvenuti, Vivaldi. I was raised by my family not knowing that I was...

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Female Sterilization

There are a number of examples in post Civil War America of eugenic programs but none as effective and widespread as the mass female sterilization in Puerto Rico. Beginning in the years following WW I, a program was initiated by the United States government, the medical community and the local government of Puerto Rico, to name a few, which resulted in the unprecedented sterilization of 1/3 of the female population by 1965, and the continued use of sterilization on a broad scale by Puerto Rican women as a form of birth control READ FULL STORY...

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