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21 Reasons To Appreciate Fluffy And Cool Alpacas On Their Special Day

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Alpacas have to be the defining animal of the hipster movement (don’t worry if you can’t tell alpacas and llamas apart, you are not alone and no one will blame you!). You have seen them in accessories, t-shirts, purses, pot-related memes and even as pets

Well, because there is a day for everything, we are celebrating the one and only World Alpaca Day!

1. They are as Latin American as it gets.

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Alpacas, known scientifically as vicugna pacos, as  are a synonym of Andean culture and are endemic to the mountain ranges of the South American countries of Peru, Bolivia and Chile, although they can also be seen in Ecuador. They have been bred and raised for their fibrous and furry coat for thousands of years by the indigenous people of the region. They still represent a good source of income.

2. Their furry cousins, llamas, are unas chingonas as well.

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OK, let’s get something straight. Llamas and Alpacas are not the same. Alpacas are way smaller, for starters, weighting only up to 200 pounds compared to the 500 or 600 that llamas can reach. Llamas are also used as transport and as carriers. 

3. Because alpacacorns.

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Move over bunnycorns and unicorns! The alpacacorn is the ultimate cuteness symbol. Also, if the unicorn has been a symbol of European royalty for decades, we can have our own Latino myth, right?

4. They are just the best meme-ready beasts in the animal kingdom.

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Really, cats on the Internet are so 2005. Alpacas and their cousins llamas are the most expressive beasts on the planet, and millions of digital natives know it. 

5. When life looks down on you alpacas make you go chin up, chest out, be proud.

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Alpacas are like natural serotonin: just looking at them makes us feel all soft inside. Alpacas hold their heads up high and are dignified, like we all want to be!

6. Their folk have travelled the five continents.

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Just look at this mate, Alfie, just chilling in the Australian seaside. Alpacas have been bred in farms far away from their homeland. In Australia and New Zealand, for example, you can stay in farms full of these furry cute little things and have a refreshing holiday. 

7. They have inspired the coziest plush toys ever.

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Can we just drop dead there and sleep for like two days straight?

8. They are game for a road trip.

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Alpacas are now being cared for as pets the world over. Just look at this handsome dude just taking it all in, the breeze, the landscape.

9. Because they are amazing muses.

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You can’t go wrong painting an alpaca… if you have at least basic artistic skills, of course. 

10. Crochet anyone?

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We are sure that llamas and alpacas must be the best sold animals on Etsy! There are pins, jewelery, pots and basically all you can imagine. Can’t find it? Make it yourself!

11. They are beautiful beings… so we have to protect them in the wild.

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The Andes have been savaged by decades of industrial distress and mining. Alpacas need to thrive in their own environment so let’s protect it, shall we?

12. Because baby + alpacas = oh my heart!

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Ay, Dios mío! Show this to all your tías and they will go “ay mis vidos!”. 

13. Because we can’t thing of a cuter way to keep our hands warm.

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That’s one lucky woman!

14. No better way to get your handicraft juices flowing.

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One of the best ways to destress is to get busy with your hands (not like that, mal pensados!). Draw some inspo from this travel companion and make your own!

15. Because alpacas smooching are the definition of wild love.

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Seriously, they have better love lives than many of us!

16. Because alpaca coffee mugs: seriously, even el pinche lunes would be better waking up to this face everyday.

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Take all our money now!

17. Because nothing spells PRIDE like a rainbow alpacacorn.

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Can every Latino Pride Parade make this their official mascot, porfavorcito?

18. Seriously, can we imagine a better wedding photo companion?

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This photo was taken all the way in Germany, by the way, chavos. 

19. Because they just fit in with furry perritos falderos.

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In a way, these Andean big-eyed cutties are just like big, fluffy companion canines. 

20. They are the best tour guides.

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Look at this cool Peruvian dude taking all those fresh dollars off gringo tourists. Good on him!

21. And did we mention they look awesome in sunglasses?

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Yes, we did, but we just can’t get enough of them!

Here Are 15 Times That Google Paid Tribute To Latinx Culture With The Google Doodle

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Here Are 15 Times That Google Paid Tribute To Latinx Culture With The Google Doodle

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September 22nd marks Doodle Day — yes, it’s a thing! Since 2004 Doodle Day has helped raise funds for epilepsy research. “The tagline ‘Drawing a line through epilepsy’ heads the campaign, and participants take part by submitting their doodle, along with a small donation. The Doodle Day team then judges the doodles and awards prizes accordingly,” according to Days Of The Year

There aren’t many doodles with as much reach as Google doodles, which serve as way to educate and inform people all over the world about global history. Of course, Latinxs have been contributing to arts, science, and culture for centuries. 

Check out these 15 Google Doodles that honor Latinx culture and history. 

Mercedes Sosa

Born in 1936, Argentinian singer Mercedes Sosa was known for being the “voice of the voiceless ones.” Nicknamed “La Negra” her social justice lyrics and traditional folk music allowed her to perform at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the Sistine Chapel, and the Colosseum in Rome.

Chile’s National Day

The country’s official flag since 1817 commemorates a multiday celebration known as Las Fiestas Patrias to honor Chile’s eight-year struggle for self-determination from Spanish colonial rule. 

Lupicínio Rodrigues

Lupicínio Rodrigues was born in 1914 in Brazil, today his name is “synonymous with the musical genre samba-canção, also known as samba triste or ‘sad samba.’”

Ynés Mexía

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Mexican American botanist and explorer Ynes Mexia received this tribute. In 1925, Mexía traveled to Sinaloa, Mexico to find rare botanical species. On the trip, she fell off a cliff, fractured her hand and ribs, and still managed to return home with 500 species, 50 of which were undiscovered. 

Tin Tan

The actor, singer, and comedian Tin Tan was born in Mexico City in 1915. Tin Tan helped to popularize pachuco culture with films like The Jungle Book and The Aristocats.

Eduardo Ramírez Villamizar

Born in Pamplona, Colombia in 1922, Villamizar was an innovative painter and sculptor. After traveling to Paris and New York in the 1950s to much acclaim, he became a pioneer of abstract Colombian art. 

Ignacio Anaya García

Ignacio Anaya García’ was born in 1895. In 1943, García invented nachos. What more needs to be said about the magnitude of his culinary contributions? Nachos! 

Arantza Peña Popo  

Afro-Columbian artist Arantza Peña Popo made history when she won Google’s “Doodle For Google” contest in 2019. The art entitled “Once you get it, give it back” features two generations of Afro-Latinx mothers and daughters.

Dr. Matilde Montoya

The first female physician in Mexico, born in 1859, Dr. Matilde Montoya petitioned President Porfirio Díaz to be allowed into medical school. Dr. Montoya had already earned her degree as a midwife at 16, but she wanted more. Dr. Montoya paid her success forward. After her application was accepted, she demanded the House of Representatives to change the rules and permanently allow female students into the School of Medicine.

Lucha Reyes

Born into poverty in 1936, Peruvian singer Lucha Reyes beat the odds by becoming one of the country’s most adored singers. Reyes helped to popularize the Afro-Peruvian genre of music música criolla which blended Creole, Afro-Peruvian, and Andean musical traditions.

Evangelina Elizondo

Mexican actress Evangelina Elizondo was born in 1929. She would become a star of Mexican Cinema’s Golden Age. Fun fact: this Google doodle was created by the Mexican guest artist Valeria Alvarez. 

Abraham Valdelomar

Writer and caricaturist Abraham Valdelomar was born in 1888 in Peru. A humorous prodigy, Valdelomar is remembered for his cuentos criollos. In 1916, he founded the literary magazine Colónida, which helped Peruvians discovered fresh literary talent like José María Eguren.

Raúl Soldi  

Argentinian artist Raúl Soldi was born in Buenos Aires in 1905. Soldi was a painter, costume designer, and even did department store windows.

“Recognized in his country and globally, a 1992 retrospective at Argentina’s Palais de Glace attracted some 500,000 visitors and his work was honored with an award at the 1958 Biennale of São Paulo, Brazil.”

Simón Rodríguez  

Venezuela’s Simón Rodríguez devoted his life to educating others. A scholar, philosopher, and teacher born in Caracas in 1771, he would prove to be a precocious student. As a teacher, among his students Simón Bolivar, he proposed creating well-funded, well-trained schools that included students of all ethnicities and social backgrounds. 

Mexican Independence Day

Mexican guest artist Dia Pacheco created this Google doodle to commemorate Mexico’s Independence Day. Inspired by indigenous Mexican crafts and textiles like Oaxacan embroidery and children’s toys, the animated rehiletes are a beautiful homage.

These Día De Los Muertos Inspired Tattoos Will Make You Want To Get Inked Right Away

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These Día De Los Muertos Inspired Tattoos Will Make You Want To Get Inked Right Away

As Fall begins to slowly cool the weather outside, we begin to think about the spooky season and all the things that come with it. It isn’t just Halloween that we’re looking forward to. We also have Día de  Los Muertos to anticipate. 

Observed by the people of central and south Mexico, The Day of the Dead is a celebration of ancestors and life on the other side of death. It has also become a holiday that has fed into our collective pop culture with images of its sugar skulls, marigolds and monarch butterflies. These images have worked their way into artwork and have especially become popular subjects of tattoos. 

With that in mind, we found some breathtaking Día de Los Muertos tattoos. Maybe they’ll inspire you to get some Day of the Dead ink as well. 

1. This watercolor beauty.

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What makes this sketchy and bold tattoo brilliant is its watercolor style. Mimicking the freedom and flow that watercolor paintings have, watercolor tattoos venture outside line art to bleed color into the canvass. This intricate skull is a great example of this tattoo style. 

2. The OG skeleton prince.

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One of the most recognizable skull daddies gets a Día de Los Muertos makeover in this black and white tattoo. Jack Skeleton looks like a natural all decked out with common designs typically seen on sugar skulls. The skeleton might be the Pumpkin King but he looks like the King of the Dead in this tattoo.

3. *Mariachi music intensifies.*

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What’s more Mexican than authentic mariachi music? A mariachi skull musician. Dressed as a traditional mariachi, this skull comes complete with a sombrero and a guitar. We can just imagine him yelling a grito as he begins his next song.

4. Hummingbird of the dead.

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This tattoo captures the delicacy of one of Mexico’s most lovely creatures. This hummingbird takes flight on colorful wings and its boldly displayed skeleton against a Mayan background. 

5. Dia de Los Meowtos

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Commemorating these cute little toe beans, this tattoo features a small calavera and a Mexican cempasúchil blossom. The Mexican cempasúchil or marigold is used on ofrendas and graves to honor departed ancestors.

6. Skeleton queen.

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Besides calaveras, Día de Los Muertos tats often feature female sugar skulls. This one, for example, shows a skeleton beauty adorned with a crown of skulls, bones and marigold petals. 

7. A Mexican-American beauty.

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This sugar skull girl combines two cultures into one to show off a love of both countries. With roses in her hair that are colored to represent the Mexican and United States flags, this tattoo embodies its wearer’s Mexican-American identity.

8. This macabre mandala. 

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Mandalas are a common element in tattoos. It’s a geometric figure representing the universe in Hindu and Buddhist symbolism. This mandala got a Day of the Dead upgrade with the addition of identical calaveras. 

9. An undead Disney princess. 

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The guaranteed way to make a beloved figure even better is to give them the Día de las Muertos treatment. In this tattoo, Disney beauty Belle becomes a sugar skull girl and is adorned with a crown of flowers.

10. A sacred heart/skeleton combo.

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The sacred heart is another identifiable subject in tattoos and is meant to symbolize the heart of Christ. This Day of the Dead calavera sports his own sacred heart, positively bursting from his chest in this dynamic piece.

11. Decked out in roses and jewels.

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This tattoo takes a harsh subject matter a skull and makes it delicate and beautiful with the addition of jewelry and roses. The light gray shading gives it an even softer look. 

12. A Day of the Dead matruschka

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Here’s another collab between cultures with a Día de los Muertos matruschka. The Russian nesting doll is painted as an adorable sugar skull in a truly unique piece of artwork. 

13. Dia de Spidey.

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We might see this web slinger paroling the streets of Mexico City. Spider Man looks like a regular sugar skull with a few added decorations to his mask. 

14. *A wild Cubone appeared!*

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Since this Pokémon already comes with his own skull helmet, it seems only naturally for it to be decorated for Day of the Dead. This tattoo is extremely creative and is definitely an unforgettable bit of art. 

15. A stylized Catrina.

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 La Calavera Catrina has become an icon of the Day of the Dead since she was first etched by Mexican artist José Guadalupe Posada back in 1910. This tattoo offers Catrina a modern makeover. Her blank stare is positively eerie and give us major creepy vibes.

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