Hispanic lore and cultural traditions

Hispanic cultures are replete with fascinating cultural traditions and lore.

The piñata

A piñata is a decorated papier mache container filled with candy and toys. It is hung up high in the air and hit by blindfolded children with sticks until it breaks open to reveal the goodies inside.

Piñatas are used as part of Christmas, birthday and wedding celebrations in many Latin-American countries. They are one of the highlights of any event, especially for the children… They are available in many shapes suitable for birthdays, weddings, and all kinds of celebrations.


The Quinceañera is the Latina coming-of-age celebration on a girl's 15th birthday. The word "quinceañera" comes from the Spanish words "quince" for 15 and "años" for years. The event is celebrated with lavish parties, rituals, dances, princess dresses, and tiaras.

El Chupacabra

El chupacabra, which translates as “goat sucker", is a mythical creature that is alleged to attack animals and livestock, especially goats, and drain them of their blood. The first “sightings” were claimed in 1995 in Puerto Rico, and have since been reported as far north as the state of Maine, USA, and as far south as Chile, with most sightings from the Hispanic community…

ratoncito_perezEl Ratoncito Perez

El Ratoncito Perez (also known as El Ratón de los Dientes or El Ratón Pérez) is the Spanish-speaking version of the Tooth Fairy. He is a cute little mouse who comes to the homes of children who have lost a baby tooth. If they put the tooth under their pillow they are rewarded with a gift or money. A Spanish/Argentine movie was made in 2006, called El Ratón Pérez.

El Cuco

The Latin American equivalent to the English boogeyman or bogeyman, El Cuco is a mythical ghost-monster that parents warn their children about in many countries. They are told that he will take them away if they don’t go to sleep early, and are sung the following rhyme:

Duérmete mi niño, duérmete ya...

Que viene el Coco y te comerá.

Which translates as:

Sleep my child, sleep now...

Or else the Coco will come and eat you.

The coco is often represented by a carved pumpkin with two eyes and a mouth with a light inside, similar to the Halloween Jack o' lantern.

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