Category: Holidays

How to Make a Traditional Puerto Rican Thanksgiving Day Dinner

  Even though Thanks­giv­ing was not always a tra­di­tion­al hol­i­day on the island, many Puer­to Rican fam­i­lies call­ing the States home began cel­e­brat­ing it by adding a touch of Sabor Lati­no. A tra­di­tion­al Puer­to Rican Thanks­giv­ing menu will like­ly con­sist of Pav­o­chon, Mofon­go stuff­ing, Arroz con Gan­d­ules (rice with pigeon peas), Tostones, and Tem­bleque or dulce de leche. I serve a green bean casse­role with my meal and for an appe­tiz­er I fry up some Pla­tanos ver­sus the Tostones. I sea­son mine with gar­lic, black pep­per and salt and serve them with Mojo Criol­lo. I’m usu­al­ly cook­ing enough food...

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Christmas Celebrations

In Puer­to Rico, as well as most of Latin Amer­i­ca, Christ­mas tra­di­tions have their roots in Catholi­cism. Due to con­tact with oth­er cul­tures,  some of these tra­di­tions have evolved and changed through time. Some cus­toms have lost their reli­gious mean­ing and become sec­u­lar events where every­body, regard­less of reli­gious affil­i­a­tion, par­tic­i­pate. Here is the cal­en­dar of cel­e­bra­tions for the Christ­mas hol­i­days in Puer­to Rico. MISAS DE AGUINALDO (Nine con­sec­u­tive nights before Christ­mas Eve) In the Catholic tra­di­tion these mass­es are cel­e­brat­ed with music and car­ols. They are cel­e­brat­ed at dawn (between 5:00 and 6:00am) dur­ing nine days before Christ­mas...

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En Ponce los Reyes Cantores Isabelinos

Plaza Del Caribe cel­e­brará la lle­ga­da de los Reyes Magos el 5 de enero con una gran fies­ta famil­iar. Para la ocasión, los miles de asis­tentes recibirán a los Reyes Can­tores Isabeli­nos, quienes con cua­tro, gui­tar­ra y güiro ento­nan vil­lan­ci­cos y can­ciones de la época navideña, des­de las 12:00 del mediodía. Este trío es excep­cional ya que son los úni­cos Reyes Magos que uti­lizan la músi­ca como vehícu­lo para trans­mi­tir su men­saje de amor, paz y com­pren­sión a los puer­tor­riqueños. Con instru­men­tos típi­cos resaltan la cul­tura puer­tor­riqueña, mien­tras que con espec­tac­u­lares ves­ti­men­tas y bar­bas nat­u­rales resaltan la aut­en­ti­ci­dad de la figu­ra de los Reyes Magos. Luego de Plaza Del Caribe, los Reyes Can­tores Isabeli­nos se trasladarán à la Plaza Manuel Cor­cha­do y Juarbe en Isabela, para una Fies­ta de Reyes que lle­va 14 años de his­to­ria. Allí, entre espec­tácu­los musi­cales, com­pe­ten­cia de trovadores, feria de arte­sanías, Misa de Reyes, repar­ti­ción de juguetes y has­ta fue­gos arti­fi­ciales, com­par­tirán con el públi­co. Las activi­dades del Día de Reyes de Plaza Del Caribe son abier­tas y libres de cos­to para todos los vis­i­tantes. Para más infor­ma­ción sobre el cal­en­dario navideño, puede comu­ni­carse con el Depar­ta­men­to de Mer­cadeo al...

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Puerto Rican Day Parade 2010

Cel­e­brate the 53rd annu­al Puer­to Rican Day Parade on Sun­day, June 13, 2010. The parade will start at 11 am at Fifth Avenue and 44th Street and pro­ceed uptown along Fifth Avenue to 86th Street.Crowds in excess of two mil­lion are expect­ed to line Fifth Avenue on Sun­day, June 13th for the 2010 Puer­to Rican Day Parade.  Join New York’s proud Puer­to Rican com­mu­ni­ty for music, food, dance, and march­ing politi­cians and celebri­ties.  The first New York Puer­to Rican Day Parade was held in Span­ish Harlem in Man­hat­tan in 1958....

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