Knowledge of Latino cultural customs will help provide respect and a greater
understanding the culture.
People are different within the same culture and have different socio economical
status, educational levels, gender roles and or behaviors, but the most profound
Culture is a way of living based on heritage, experience and environment.
This paper will address the Latino culture, heritage, environment, and
experiences found in that culture.
Latino was created during the 1970’s by Mexican, Cubans, Puerto Ricans, Central
In addition, Mexico and Chile
celebrate their independence days on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18, respectively.” www.infoplease.com
Cultures developing process
Culture is a developing process that signifies the way of life for a certain group of
people in a particular society. Individuals engaging in activities will exchange ideas that
develop into common customs. Consequently, culture is a network of traits which are
learned, based on individual interactions or; it is historically passed down from one
generation to another. Individuals who lack faith in themselves and distrust the
government seem to hold aggression toward others because lack of progress or
knowledge and fail to succeed because of ignorance.
In general, Latin American immigrants are more likely to be unemployed than a
native born residents because they are also likely to be uneducated and do not have
legal documentation. The lack of education is usually because immigrants live in
poverty stricken environments, and they cannot obtain an education because they
have to find cheap labor to take care of their families.”As in all populations, the higher
the education attainment level of individuals, the more likely a person will be employed
in a higher income occupation such as the professional classes.” (Garcia, 2002, p. 61)
Cultural roles and values
Culture consists of traditions, beliefs, roles, language and values. While studying
the Latino Culture it is clear that there are several nationalities within the culture.
The common backgrounds found among the cultures are they all have a bond with their
families as well as similar roles for male and female in a family. Latino cultures
traditionally value family ties, siblings see their relationship with one another as
unconditional, and no one can break that bond. Parents see themselves responsible for
creating a close-knit family. In this culture the women have been expected to be
submissive, maternal and dependent while the men have been known to be
authoritarian, hardworking aggressive and promiscuous.
Traditions and beliefs
The majority of these cultures also share Catholic beliefs, and practice rituals such
as baptism and the Mexican Debutante name Quinceanera. Although, the nationalities
are different there are common tradition shared. The celebration of girls
fifteenth birthday is referred to as Quincearnera; traditional Mexican, Puerto Ricans,
Cubans, Central and South Americans plan this celebration for their teenage daughter
to recognize her journey from childhood to maturity. Traditionally, the ceremony is a
deeply rooted Catholic ritual displaying to the public her commitment to Catholic
bringing honor to herself and, her parents for raising her a traditional Latino daughter;
for this celebration the expected attire is formal for everyone attending. As noted in...