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Celebrating el Día de los Reyes Magos

Celebrating el Día de los Reyes Magos

I love El Día de los Reyes Magos (Three Kings’ Day) because it is the last tamalada, the word we use for big parties that consist of making tamales, of the year. This has been a tradition in my family as far back as I remember. Growing up, my family celebrated el Día de los Reyes Magos by gathering at the house of one of the tías. As we got older, my sister and I hosted the Rosca de Reyes (Three Kings’ Bread) celebration. On this day, we buy a huge loaf of bread, in the shape of an oval …

Diwali – Festival of Lights

Diwali – Festival of Lights

Diwali is a time of grand celebration and great excitement as it is the largest festival celebrated across India. This auspicious festival celebrates “victory of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance.” We feel Diwali is our Indian New Year. The festival date is determined by the Hindu calendar, so it changes every year and ranges anywhere from mid-October to November. This year, Diwali will be celebrated on November 4th. Based on Hindu mythology, Diwali commemorates the return of Rama, Sita, and Lakshman, three exiled deities from the city of Ayodhya, after their triumph over evil. To …

Hispanic Heritage Month: My Mexican History

Hispanic Heritage Month: My Mexican History

Celebrating culture at the TMX Finance® Family of Companies, and in general, is important because it gives us the opportunity to learn from other people, other countries, and other cultures. For me, Mexican culture is rich, colorful, and vibrant. My Mexican history includes influences from ancient civilizations such as the Aztecs and Mayans. My history is even influenced by European colonization; my great-grandfather was from Spain and my grandma used to tell me stories about how he came to Mexico. To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, I plan to talk about my culture with my co-workers and bring a dish to …

Hispanic Heritage Month: My Mexican Favorites

Hispanic Heritage Month: My Mexican Favorites

In the Hispanic culture there are many traditions that we uphold that are passed down from generation to generation. My family and I celebrate our Mexican culture by spending time together and sharing stories about their time in Mexico, the good and the bad. They tell us about our family that stayed behind, or have passed away, so we never forget them. I’m in love with our traditions as much as I’m in love with the food! Our food is a delicacy and there are many dishes that add a lot of variety to our meals. My favorite dish is …

Hispanic Heritage Month: The Day of the Dead

Hispanic Heritage Month: The Day of the Dead

My Mexican heritage is especially significant to me so I can teach my children and grandchildren about our heritage and hope they will pass on the stories and traditions that go along with it, too. The people of Mexico celebrate holidays with many traditions. Two of my favorite holidays are “the Day of the Dead” and “Charisma’s festivities.” The Day of the Dead celebration combines the European Catholic traditions of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day with the Aztec rituals of honoring the deceased. This tradition originated in southern Mexico more than three thousand years ago with the first celebrations of deceased souls. When …

Hispanic Heritage Month: My Puerto Rican Culture

Hispanic Heritage Month: My Puerto Rican Culture

Celebrating culture at work is important, to me, because you can learn about diversity and this learning can help broaden our way of thinking. This broadened thinking can then help us find new ways of doing things or simply allow us to connect with different types of people, whether it be relating to co-workers or better serving customers. As a Puerto Rican, I am proud to celebrate my culture at the TMX Finance® Family of Companies, at home, and with my friends and family. To celebrate and honor my Puerto Rican culture, I try to continue speaking my native language …

Hispanic Heritage Month: My Mexican Culture

Hispanic Heritage Month: My Mexican Culture

My absolute favorite thing about my Mexican culture is how close-knit we are. We’re all family, regardless of blood, and we love to support one another no matter what. To celebrate my Hispanic heritage, my family and friends always throw a party with great food, music, and company. Actively gaining knowledge about Latin culture; our people, our food, our music, is a great way for anybody to celebrate and honor our heritage. For this Hispanic Heritage Month, I wish to share with you some of my favorite things about our culture. Music and food go hand in hand in my …

Hispanic Heritage Month: Better Together When We Understand Our Differences

Hispanic Heritage Month: Better Together When We Understand Our Differences

I look forward to celebrating my Hispanic heritage with my family by enjoying live music and great food. Others can celebrate in the same way, using Hispanic Heritage Month as a way to learn about other cultures, try new foods, and get to know new people. Celebrating culture is important because we work better together when we understand our differences. I mentioned celebrating culture by trying new foods. One of my all-time favorite dishes is posole, a traditional Mexican soup. I love to eat it in the winter when it’s cold. You can add an assortment of toppings to the …

When Hollywood Learned to Speak Different Languages

When Hollywood Learned to Speak Different Languages

Enrique Gonzalez serves as an expert movie critic and writes a weekly column for a local Hispanic news publication in Phoenix, AZ. In addition to his role as a General Manager at TMX Finance® Family of Companies, he has been a local radio and television personality, movie promoter, and most recently, a podcast host. At the beginning of the industrial film era most productions did not have audio. In 1920, the silent cinema was a universal cinema, so the nationality of the actors did not matter nor their voices. Really, the quality Hollywood was seeking were faces that looked good …

Beyond Proud

Beyond Proud

I learned early on, from growing up Hispanic, that family is the most important part of our culture.  Life brings many uncertainties and in a world of constant change, family is the one constant I will always have. Both my parents were born in Mexico and have passed down many elements of our culture and heritage but placed the most importance on family.  I am from a small border town in Sonora/Arizona called Nogales.  I lived on the Mexican side of the border up until I graduated from middle school and then moved to the American side to finish high …