I would like to tell you about my family and how we express our culture.
I'm going to tell you about celebrations and ceremonies.
My family has many different celebrations. The first celebration I'm
going to be talking about is the Day of the Dead.
In the Day of the Dead, we don't really celebrate but part of my family
does. On October 31 some of the family get together and go to the graveyard.
They bring food for the dead people's spirits. These are the kind of food
they bring - sweet bread, tortillas, tamales, and other kinds of food.
Another celebration we celebrate is Christmas Eve and we have a lot of
fun. One of the things we do until it's 12 o'clock - my cousins and I
play soccer, football and tag outside. However that is not the main part
of the celebration. When it is almost 12:00, we count backwards and give
each other hugs then drink some wine and it really tastes nasty. After
we do all those things, we open our presents and have great time with
Another celebration we celebrate is the Day of the Three Kings. When
my mom was a little girl there were three men and they got dressed up
as kings and they would go through the street and give children presents.
They also ate bread, but it's not a regular bread. It's a sweet bread
and it has a little plastic baby inside. If you get that baby you have
to make a party at your house next time.
Next I'm going to be talking about ceremonies and they are really great
The first ceremony I'm going to talk about is baptism. What our family
does is first we go to church. Then the priest give a message and he asks
the parents why they want to baptize their baby. The parents answer. After
that they pour the water and they are done. When they are done doing that
we go to the party and give the baby present and have great time.
The next ceremony I'm going to be talking about is quinuañeia.
We do that when a girl has the 15th birthday. That means they're becoming
a woman. We do many things at the party. We eat, dance and it's really
fun dancing. After that when it's 12:00 it's time to cut the cake but
before we cut the cake we drink wine. It was a traditional ceremony. The
girl that is 15 years old has to wear a white dress and of course a crown.
Another ceremony we celebrate is weddings. We celebrate the wedding in
a way that is kind of something different. The couple gets married at
a church. After the ceremony we go to the party and eat. Then when everybody
is done eating, the grown-ups play a game. The object of this game is
they divide into a women's side and a men's. So the women start running.
They all are holding hands and all run around. One time my mom got to
be the leader of the women. She went so fast. She was careful not to fall
down because she was wearing high heel shoes. She didn't run that fast
but is was fun anyway.
I really enjoy all the ceremonies of my culture.
We have many kinds of foodways and I think I'm going to be writing a
lot of them.
The first food I'm going to be talking is egg. Every Saturday and Sunday,
my mom makes eggs sunny side up and sometimes smashed beans. She always
makes them for me and my dad and not my sister because she hates egg.
My mom sometimes eats eggs. When we are eating egg my mom goes and heats
up tortillas. Then we eat the eggs and tortillas together, and it is really
good and yummy.
Another food I'm going to be talking about is tamales. They are really
good and I just love them. We make them, but not very often. We make them
on special occasions, like Christmas, New Year, and weddings. When my
mom and aunts make them, they get really dirty. First, my mom gets the
tamales prepared. Then she puts them on the stove with water. They cook
for two hours.