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Here Is Your Ultimate Papi Holiday Gift Guide For The Man Who Says Little But Means So Much

Dads are always there to pick you up when you are down and love to treat their babies to nice things when he can they deserve it. Christmas is right around the corner so you need to start figuring out what gifts papi is going to be receiving from you this year. Don’t sweat. We have you covered with some of the greatest papi gifts on the internet. Behold, your ultimate papi gift guide.

Tejano Super Star Distressed Tee | $31

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Guys, you must check out this Etsy shop. She’ll adjust gender pronouns to be neutral at no additional cost, and we already know that your Papi deserves this shirt as much as this shop owner deserves your money.

Matching Piyamas con el perro | $25

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That’s right. FabDog.com sells matching flannel piyamas to match with the Puppy-Obsessed Papi. Since you moved out, your Papi has eyes for nadie but “muñeco lindo precioso Taquito.” K, noted.

Headspace Meditation App Subscription

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For the Retired Papi, a month long ($12.99) or year long ($95.88) subscription to this app that guides meditations using very cute animated creatures might be the thoughtful gift he needs. Warn him to do this before his morning cafecito. ; )

PREGÚNTALE A TU MAMÁ Tee | $24.99

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Literally every dad in every Latino family needs this shirt, and we are mitú provides. No doubt your Papi will wear this and you’ll get a laugh out of everyone in the familia.

Philips Norelco Beard Trimmer with Vacuum | $49.95

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Meant to vacuum up 90 percent of the beard trimmings, this is a dual gift for your Mami y Papi. But really, it’s for your Papi, because now he doesn’t have to deal with as much flack from la Madre.

“This body was built on…” Tee | $24.50

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Again, a total nod a su mami for her excellent cooking, and we’ve got a variety of options, depending on your flavor of Latinidad. Puede hacer de empanadas & arepas, pupusas & curtido, cafecito & chisme, and so, so much more.

Beer Cap States | $35

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Ok, Mami is going to hate this taking up any space on her wall, but your craft beer obsessed Papi is going to flip. It comes in all 50 states, so get ‘em before they’re gone.

Baseball Whiskey Chillers Set of 2 | $24.50

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Papi’s got an affinity for baseball and scotch, but you don’t have the dinero for his favorite bottle? For $24.50, these will make him remember to be grateful por su hijo year round.

Scotch-Infused Toothpicks Gift Set | $35

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Does Papi always have a toothpick in his mouth? Elevate his experience with sustainably forested wood toothpicks that are infused with “barrel-aged, Islay single malt made by a 200-year-old distillery for a distinctively smoky flavor with notes of peat and complex caramel.”

Personalized Cigar Humidor | $47.99

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When your Papi only smokes Cuban cigars and is still used to slipping the cigar labels off and being hella secretive, you get him a regal space to store his now legal vice. Get it engraved however you like.

Home Plate Doormat | $30

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This is something your mom might be able to get behind, and your dad is going to laugh when he opens it. If you live far from home, the sentimental value of claiming la casa as home base might even bring tears to the extra sentimental Papi.

Ticket Stub Diary | $14

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Papi doesn’t miss a Dodger’s game, and he never lets you forget it. Let him know that he can stop reminding you and start saving all his billetas here.

FUCK IT ALL Tee | $20

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Profits from selling this tee raised over $700 for family reunification. Today, you can support the shop that keeps on giving for the political Papi.

“EL QUE VA A AYUDAR” Tee | $24.99

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Buy this for your dad and he will never be able to be lazy again. Whenever he is wearing the shirt she will be able to ask him to do anything and his shirt will require him to do it.

GUACARDO NERD SWEATER | $39.99

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For the Nerdy Papi who is also a walking guacamole vending machine. Make sure everyone else knows his familia thinks he’s the biggest nerd in the house. ;P

Personalized Custom Double 6 Domino Set Pro Size Dominoes | $55

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End the decade long feud between su tio y papi by gifting him a set of dominoes with his name on every single piece. Nobody can get away with stealing one of his ever again. This is the price of paz.

EL JEFE HAT | $29.99

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Let Papi know that he’s the boss with this El Jefe snapback and do no wrong for at least 1-2 semanas. If you’re rolling deep, this pairs well with that domino set. 😉

EL JEFE MUG | $14.99

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If the hat isn’t enough, get dad one of these El Jefe mugs. That way he can remember that he will always be el jefe no matter where he goes or what he’s drinking.

LUCHADOR STANCE Vinyl Cut Sticker | $6

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Support a Tejana entrepreneur on Etsy by outfitting your dad’s boring laptop with something that represents his poderoso spirit. Maybe just slap it on there and yell “Surprise!” And see what happens.

Nah’sa Vinyl Sticker | $2.50

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This is more of a freebie to slide into his holiday card. You already know if your dad is going to appreciate this if he doesn’t acknowledge Texas as a U.S. State. #MexicoFirst


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From Churros To Buñuelos And Atole— 12 Latino Comfort Desserts To Get You Through This Weird Quarantine Season

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From Churros To Buñuelos And Atole— 12 Latino Comfort Desserts To Get You Through This Weird Quarantine Season

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Updated on May 13, 2020, originally published on November 20, 2019.

Sure, it’s summertime but there’s nothing wrong with tapping into the holiday season for some good o’l comfort food. Especially these days. Latinos don’t settle for just one dessert option, we have plenty to choose from and you best believe a few tías will bring different ones. From pastel de tres leches to churros and all the drinks that go with them, there are some wonderful treats in store. Yes, more often than not, a good cafecito will pair up perfectly with your postre, but how about a Mexican ponche? Or a Guatemalan Atol? We rounded up our fave cold-weather desserts for the summer that every Latino should whip up for quarantine!

1. Alfajores

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These soft, delicate and buttery cookies are held together by the addicting caramel sauce, an elixir of the gods; dulce de leche. This option goes perfectly with a good old cafecito and chisme. That sobremesa is sure to get lit with all that sugar pumping up the tías and abuelitas. 

2. Arroz con leche

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A foolproof winter classic. Arroz con leche is the ultimate Latino comfort dessert any time of year tbh. Try it calientito with a good amount of cinnamon and raisins. Provecho!

3. Buñuelos —Colombianos and Mexicanos

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The Colombian iteration isn’t quite a sweet treat as it’s filled with cheese, but the addition of brown sugar, butter and tapioca make it a dessert in our book. As for the Mexican version, they’re usually made during the winter holidays. Mexican Buñuelos are made of fried dough, covered in cinnamon sugar and if you’re not about fried dough covered in cinnamon sugar, idk what to tell you, there’s something wrong going on.  

4. Chocoflan

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Also known in Mexico as ‘Impossible Cake’, this delicious mass of goodness combines two great things into one god-sent hybrid. If you love flan, but would also like to have a slice of chocolate cake, Latina moms everywhere say; “¿Por qué no los dos?” The rich dense chocolate, topped with creamy vanilla flan, drizzled with a thick layer of cajeta is, quite literally, what dessert dreams are made of. 

5. Churros

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There’s something so satisfying when biting into a warm, doughy, crunchy and sugary churro. You can find these delicious treats all over Latin America, and they’re particularly yummy when paired with a cup of hot chocolate! Extra points if you stuff them with cajeta or chocolate. 

6. Flan

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Almost every Latin American household will have its own version of flan. From Puerto Rico to Costa Rica and everywhere in between, Latinos love flan. The creamy vanilla-flavored concoction is basically irresistible. 

7. Natilla Colombiana

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This Colombian custard dessert is very traditional during Christmas, but we like to think that it’s also good at any time of the year. Natilla is a rich, custard-like dessert traditionally served alongside the deep-fried cheese buñuelos we told you about earlier. You’ll definitely have to forget about la dieta if you want to have this option. 

8. Suspiro de Limeña

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Its name literally translates to “Sigh of the lady from Lima.” This Peruvian dessert is definitely sigh-inducing. The creamy, caramel-like custard, topped with a Port flavored meringue is an extra sweet treat for this cold season. The dessert originated in the city of Lima, and it is said that it gained its name after a poet said it tasted soft and sweet, like the sigh of a woman.

9. Pastel de Tres leches 

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This quintessentially Latino cake is made with three types of milk: evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk and whole milk. This is definitely not for the lactose intolerant. The cake soaks up all these liquids, making it a super decadent treat. If you’ve never had this traditional Latino dessert, prepared to be delighted, and have the coffee pot a-ready. 

10. Ponche Navideño

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Traditional Mexican fruit punch is a hot, delicious concoction. Made with more than ten fruits including apple, tamarind, jamaica, tejocotes, raisins. This punch is spiced with cinnamon, clove, and piloncillo. It’s basically Christmas in a cup.

11. Camotes en dulce 

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Mexican candied sweet potatoes are a must. Día de los Muertos, on Nov. 1, marks the beginning of Camote season. ‘Camotes Enmielados’ is made of sweet potatoes, simmered in a cinnamon and piloncillo syrup. This dish makes for the perfect fall treat. 

12. Guatemalan Atol

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Made of ground corn, the flavors of this drink range from cinnamon to black beans to chocolate to cajeta. Guatemalan Atol, or Atole in Mexico, is a drink made differently in many countries of Latin America, but there’s one thing that remains the same everywhere, and that is that it’s a fall-winter staple you can’t miss out on.

Does Anybody Really Know What’s Supposed To Happen After You Get The Baby Jesus Figurine In La Rosca De Reyes?

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Does Anybody Really Know What’s Supposed To Happen After You Get The Baby Jesus Figurine In La Rosca De Reyes?

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Remember Día de Reyes when everyone cuts the rosca and hopes to god not to get the little niño Jesus? If you grew up Mexican, you probably know that whoever gets the baby Jesus figurine owes everyone tamales. But when is the tamal party? And most importantly—why? Keep reading to find out what El Día de la Candelaria means, what your abuelitas and tías are actually celebrating and how it originated —spoiler alert: it’s colonization.

February 2nd may be Groundhog Day in the United States, but in Mexico, and for many Latinos outside of Mexico, there is a completely different celebration on this date.

The religious holiday is known as Día de la Candelaria (or Candlemas in English). And on this day of the year, people get together with family and friends to eat tamales, as a continuation of the festivities of Three Kings’ Day on January 6. 

This is why your abuelita dresses up her niño Jesús in extravagant outfits.

For Día de la Candelaria it’s customary for celebrants to dress up figures of the Christ Child in special outfits and take them to the church to be blessed. Día de la Candelaria is traditionally a religious and family celebration, but in some places, such as Tlacotalpan, in the state of Veracruz, it is a major fiesta with fairs and parades.

February 2nd is exactly forty days after Christmas and is celebrated by the Catholic church as the Feast of the Purification of the Virgin.

Alternatively, this day also counts as the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple. The origin of this religious feast day comes from ancient Jewish tradition. According to Jewish law, a woman was considered unclean for 40 days after giving birth, and it was customary to bring a baby to the temple after that period of time had passed. So the idea is that Mary and Joseph would have taken Jesus to the temple to be blessed on February second, forty days after his birth on December 25.

The tradition goes back to around the 11th Century in Europe.

People typically took candles to the church to be blessed as part of the celebration. This tradition was based on the biblical passage of Luke 2:22-39 which recounts how when Mary and Joseph took Jesus to the temple, a particularly devout man named Simeon embraced the child and prayed the Canticle of Simeon: “Now thou dost dismiss thy servant, O Lord, according to thy word in peace; Because my eyes have seen thy salvation, Which thou hast prepared before the face of all peoples: A light to the revelation of the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.” The reference to the light inspired the celebration of the blessing of the candles.

In Mexico Día de la Candelaria is a follow-up to the festivities of Three Kings Day on January 6th.

On Día De Reyes, when children receive gifts, families and friends gather together to eat Rosca de Reyes, a special sweet bread with figurines of a baby (representing the Child Jesus) hidden inside. The person (or people) who received the figurines on Three Kings Day are supposed to host the party on Candlemas Day. Tamales are the food of choice.

This tradition also carries Pre-Hispanic roots.

After the Spanish conquistadors introduced the Catholic religion and masked indigenous traditions with their own, to help spread evangelization, many villagers picked up the tradition of taking their corn to the church in order to get their crops blessed after planting their seeds for the new agricultural cycle that was starting. They did this on February 2, which was the eleventh day of the first month on the Aztec calendar —which coincidentally fell on the same day as the Candelaria celebration. It’s believed that this is why, to this day, the celebratory feast on February 2 is all corn-based —atole and tamales.

This date is special for other reasons too… 

February 2, marks the halfway point between the winter solstice and the spring equinox, which aligns with the pagan holiday of Imbolc. Since ancient times, this date was thought to be a marker or predictor of the weather to come, which is why it is also celebrated as Groundhog Day in the United States. There was an old English saying that went “if Candlemas be fair and bright, Winter has another flight. If Candlemas brings clouds and rain, Winter will not come again.” In many places, this is traditionally seen as the best time to prepare the earth for spring planting.

In Perú the Fiesta de la Candelaria is a festival in honor of the Virgin of Candelaria, patron saint of the city of Puno and it is one of the biggest festivals of culture, music, and dancing in the country.

The huge festival brings together the Catholic faith and Andean religion in homage to the Virgin of Candelaria. The Virgin represents fertility and purity. She is the patron saint of the city and is strongly associated with the Andean deity of ‘Pachamama’ (‘mother earth’). It is this common factor of both religions that brings them together for the festival. In 2014, UNESCO declared the festival an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The main dates of ‘Fiesta de la Candelaria’ are February 2nd – 12th.