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Candelabras adorned with religious motifs, casting a warm glow from flickering candles.

I often wondered how my abuelita could be so religious, praying all the time and never missing a Sunday at church. Yet there she was, sticking a knife in the ground whenever storm clouds rolled in, thinking it would "shoo the rain away." She'd give me the side-eye for my magic wand tattoo and believing in the power of manifestation, but would be the first to blame trickster “chaneques” when stuff went missing, and hang ceramic sheep on the door to supposedly "bring in the cash."

When I was younger, I found it to be somewhat hypocritical of her. Now, I just think it’s funny and sort of beautiful how our ancestors and surroundings have shaped our beliefs in such unique ways.

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A Latina teenager poses for a photo wearing her quinceanera dress

It's more than just an epic birthday bash; it's a meaningful coming-of-age celebration that marks a Latina girl's “journey into womanhood.” Rooted in deep history and brimming with customs, many that have withstood the test of time, Quinceañeras are a testament to the richness and enduring beauty of the evolution of Latino culture.

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A Latina woman partially covers her face with a book that has the word "Spanglish" on the cover

Spanglish, an inventive mashup of English and Spanish, is a linguistic masterpiece that has been echoing through the corridors of America for years, particularly resonating within bustling communities of Latine populations.

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