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Valentine’s Day symbols: Their origins and meanings

By Yanis De Palma For some people, Valentine’s Day is an expensive, hollow holiday that has been manufactured for companies to make money. But for many, the Feb. 14 holiday is an important date on the calendar for celebrating love. Traditionally, those who observe Valentine’s Day express their love through symbols. Those symbols and their origins include the following: *Roses: …

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Street Talk: What is the meaning of Three Kings Day?

By Yanis De Palma   What Three Kings Day means depends on who you ask about it. Recently, Dos Mundos asked some people what the Jan. 6 celebration means to them. Here are their answers: “It’s a special day for our culture. I remember that, as a kid, even when my family didn’t have a lot of money, … (we) …

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Day of the Dead is not the Mexican Halloween

By Tere Siqueira Because they have similar roots and are celebrated at the end of harvest season, some people might see Halloween and the Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos in Spanish) as two versions of the same holiday. But they could not be more different. “The meaning in Halloween’s ghost can’t compare to the deeper meaning of …

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Chicano Movement fought for Mexican-Americans in many ways

Analysis by Tere Siqueira During the 1960s, a new generation of Mexican-Americans started a movement. Called the Chicano Movement, it was a political and cultural movement that worked to improve Mexican-Americans’ social, financial and political conditions. In observation of National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15), it seems appropriate to examine the specifics of what the movement tried to do …

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The fascinating story behind Christmas

By Yanis De Palma Christmas is often thought of as a Christian holiday – a celebration of Jesus Christ’s birth. But as history shows, other faith traditions and some secular traditions have contributed to the Dec. 25 holiday, in terms of when and how it’s observed. And as history shows, the way Christians have observed it has changed over the …

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Facebook can judge personality better than friends, family, study shows

By Tere Siqueira Many people probably think their relatives or close friends know them best. But according to a study from Stanford University, Facebook can judge someone’s personality better than friends and relatives can. For the study, researchers developed a computer model based on the subject’s Facebook activity. The results showed that, given enough data, the algorithm more accurately predicted …

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Halloween and Day of the Dead: Some key differences

Commentary by Tere Siqueira For some time, Latinos have fused Halloween and Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead in English) into an annual, multiday celebration. Although the two holiday traditions are different, they have something in common: their fascination with death and the afterlife. It’s important to understand the similarities and differences between Halloween and Day of the …

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