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16 Items That Will Make You Want To Splurge On Your BFF

While everyone in a relationship is stressed out about showing out for their significant other, you can use Valentine’s Day to celebrate and appreciate the girls in your life who have always had your back.

Bebecita T-Shirt

Nothing is cuter than friends calling friends Bebecita. Well, this shirt is and it’s is available in different colors for a limited time.

Chismosas For Life Keychain Set

Mujeres who chismean together stay together. Send this to your better half and let her know how much you appreciate your talks with this Chismosas 4 Life keychain set. It clasps perfectly onto keys or your purse.

Tesoro by Yesika Salgado

For those girlfriends who are in love, those who are heartbroken and even those in between, the romantic poet Yesika Salgado has the words to fall in love with yourself first.

Be Bold, Be Brave Chiquitos Book

This is the board book version that highlights 11 Latinas who made U.S. history. This book is designed especially for babies from 0-3 years old. Give this to your sobrinitas and remind them they are capable of making history.

Best Flans Keychain

Best flans >> best friends. You already have a flan-tastic friendship, make it official with this best flans keychain set for you and your BFF.

Conchas Shirts

Make your Galentine’s Day extra special with matching concha tees for you and your squad.

Baby Guacardo Cupid Pin

He might not have the best aim but he’s still the cutest cupid around. This is a sweet little something to let your bestie know you’ve been struck by cupid’s arrow and you’re never leaving her side.

Real Chismosas de la Casa Mug

Few things are better than spilling the tea celebrating your accomplishments with your best friend. When you or your friend pull this mug out you’ll know you’re about to be in for a good conversation.

Concha Heart Joggers

These are sweet without the calories. The mitú Shop concha heart joggers are perfect for a quick sweat sesh or to lounge in when doing mandados. We’re sure your bestie will find them adorable.

Being Latina Is My Superpower Pin

Sometimes it’s the little things that leave a big impression. This dainty pin will remind your homegirl that she is basically a supershero.

Unbreakable Poderosa Mug

Your friend is poderosa como una rosa. She’s a powerful Latina and seeing this message every morning will start her day on the right foot.

Mejor Sola Necklace

For those girlfriends who are going through a breakup or who aren’t the most comfortable being single, there’s a saying en español that will empower you to own being single.

Fabulosa Candle Set

Your friend is fabulosa and she deserves to know it. This candle trio has subtle reminders and will also put her in a very calming headspace when the aromas kick in.

Pa Qué Highlighter Skincare Bag

Her glow comes from within but she can use this bag to store all her skincare and makeup products.

Chiquita Pero FIERCE Journal

Your friend has big dreams and this is the year they become a reality. Help her manifest all of her wishes with this journal that is as FIERCE as she is.

Magic Ocho Ball

If your friends live for cosmic energy and astrological signs, this is perfect. The Magic Ocho Ball has the answers to her inner-most pressing questions, like will my brand get picked up or will I ace this essay? If the response above comes up, she should pick up the hint that it’s time to get her hustle on.

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

Photo courtesy Forward Latino

An unnamed UPS delivery driver has been fired after being caught using racist language when delivering a package to a Latino household. The incident occurred on December 17th.

The video, which was caught on a doorbell camera’s security footage, shows a white UPS driver appearing to be angry when delivering a package.

“Now you don’t get f—–g nothing…You can’t read and write and speak the f—–g English language,” he says while writing a “failed to deliver” notice and pasting it on the house’s front door.

The Aviles family says that the footage shows that the UPS worker never even attempted to deliver the package in the first place. He never rang the doorbell or knocked on the door. Based on that, the family has come to the conclusion that the driver intentionally withheld the package from the family out of prejudice and spite

They believe that the only way the driver could’ve known that the family was Latino was by making assumptions based off the name on the package.

“The only information this driver had that could serve as a trigger for this deep-seated hate was the name on the package,” said Forward Latino President Darryl Morin at a press conference addressing the incident.

“So what we have here is a very intentional act to ruin Christmas for somebody, for someone to spew this hateful rhetoric, and quite honestly to deceive their employer,” Morin continued.

Per UPS, the employee has now been fired. “There is no place in any community for racism, bigotry or hate. This is very serious and we promptly took action, terminating the driver’s employment. UPS is wholeheartedly committed to diversity, equity and inclusion,” UPS said in a statement. They also said they contacted the family to apologize.

But the Aviles family is still rattled that such bigoted people are out and about, letting their petty prejudices effect other people’s lives.

“The package was a Christmas gift that we eventually received after Christmas Day, but what if it happened to have time-sensitive content like an epipen or a book I needed to take a final,” said Shirley Aviles, the mother of the man who lives at the address, told NBC News. “I don’t get it. It’s just sad.”

Aviles seemed disturbed about what this incident says about human nature. “This is about the things people do when they think no one is watching them. That’s important because that’s when you see people’s true colors and that’s what’s scary,”

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Here Are Some Christmas Traditions From Around Latin America

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Here Are Some Christmas Traditions From Around Latin America

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Christmas is a special time of year. Families have their traditions to mark the festive year and some of those traditions are rooted in culture. Here are some of the ways various countries in Latin America celebrate Christmas.

El Pase Del Niño Viajero – Ecuador

El Pase del Niño Viajero is a pageant that happens in Ecuador that lasts weeks. The parade is meant to represent the journey of Mary and Joseph. The parade highlights the religious importance of Christmas in Ecuador and is most common in the Andean region of the country.

The biggest and most important parade is in Cuenca, a deeply religious city. Citizens near the city have all day to see the parade as it starts in the early morning and runs through the late afternoon. This gives people a lot of time to make it to the city to witness the parade.

La Gritería – Nicaragua

La Gritería comes after La Purisma. La Purisma is celebrated at the end of November and is meant to celebrate the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary. La Gritería is celebrated in early December and involves literal yelling. Someone would shout “Que causa tanta alegria?” (“What causes so much happiness?”) People respond “La Concepción de María.” (“Mary’s Conception.”)

Las Posadas – Mexico

Mexican posadas are the most recognizable. Posadas take place in Mexico from Dec. 16-24, though this year they are most likely to be virtual. The posada begins with a procession in the neighborhood filled with people singing and sometimes led by two people dressed as Mary and Joseph.

Another part is the posada party. Before guests can enter, there is a song exchange with the people outside playing Joseph looking for shelter. The hosts sing the side of the innkeeper saying there is no room. Eventually, the guests are welcomed into the home to celebrate Christmas.

Aguinaldos – Colombia

Aguinaldos are a series of games played by people in Colombia leading up to Christmas. There are certain games that are common among people in Colombia. One is pajita en boca, which requires holding a straw in your mouth the entire time of a social event. Another is dar y no recibir, which is about getting people to take something you are giving to score a point.

El Quema Del Diablo – Guatemala

El quema del diablo is celebrated in early December and is a way of letting go of the previous year. People burn piñatas and effigies of the devil to let go of all negative feelings and moments from the previous year. If there was every to try a new tradition, this would be the year. Burn an effigy and banish 2020 to the past, where it belongs.

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