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From Sofia Vergara To Ana De Armas, Here’s How Your Faves Celebrated The New Year With Friends And Family

2020 has officially arrived! And as with any New Year, this one comes as a blank slate ready to be filled with possibilities, resolutions, and brand new memories. And the fact that this year marks the beginning of a brand new decade makes everything that more exciting. Not only does the past feel unimportant, but now the future feels filled with endless possibilities. The end of 2019 and the beginning of 2020 gave people around the world a reason to celebrate. And whether your mode of celebration was staying in with a cup of hot cocoa, or dancing your butt off until the crack of dawn, know that there is no one right way to ring in the New Year.

 And if, by this point, you’re still too busy fighting off your New Year’s Eve hangover to be thinking about 2020 goals, know you’re not alone. As the old saying goes, stars are just like us, and they too spent January 31st in various states of drunkenness. Thankfully, Instagram is here to help us spy on our favorite stars and see how they celebrated the beginning of a new decade. Read on to see how your favorite Latino celebs celebrated the New Year!

1. Mariah Carey spent her New Year’s in the Dominican Republic.

After a super-eventful holiday season, Mimi was getting some much-needed R&R in Punta Cana. We wonder if this was before or after her Twitter account was unceremoniously hacked by a mischievous troll…

2. Salma Hayek and Zoe Saldana rang in the New Year together furthering their BFF goals status.

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Happy 2020. #felizañonuevo #happynewyear

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We have to admit, we suffered from FOMO seeing these two have fun together. But, we love seeing strong Latinas celebrate their friendship together! Salma Hayek shared this adorable video of herself and Saldana counting down to the stroke of midnight with their respective husbands. So cute!

3. Thalia spent hers partying in Miami.

Leave it to Thalia to dance the night away after all these years. Her zest for life puts us all to shame!

4. Sofia Vergara spent her New Year’s Eve in a tropical paradise.

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Feliz añooooo🎉🎉🎉

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Not only was Vergara surrounded by the sun and the sand, she also was surrounded by her hunky husband, Joe Manganiello. 

5. Eva Longoria spent time with friends and family in Cabo.

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Cabo Sunsets 🌅 Last sunset of 2019!

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Longoria rang in the New Year with her new baby in Cabo. If you’re interested in seeing more, her Instagram feed is chock-full of photos documenting her super-fun vacation during the holidays.

6. Maluma spent his snowboarding.

While some people chose to spend the New Year on the beach, Maluma opted for a snowier location. Sure, we wouldn’t have minded seeing him lounging on the beach without his shirt, but he looks super cute in snow gear anyway.

7. Wilmer Valderrama spent his New Year…getting engaged.

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“It’s just us now” 01-01-2020

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Not one to be out-shone by the turn of the decade, Valderrama proposed to his girlfriend of eight months, model Amanda Pacheco, on January 1st.

8. America Ferrera announced her pregnancy.

America Ferrera took the New Year as an opportunity to announce that she’s expecting her second child with husband Ryan Piers Williams.

9. Ana de Armas spent it with friends in Cuba.

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🎊 2020, HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! 🎊

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The “Knives Out” actress and upcoming Bond girl spent New Years Eve in her home country. 

10.  J.Lo and ARod spent New Year’s Eve partying with friends and family.

The power couple shared photos of themselves dressed to the nines on Instagram.

11. Becky G spent hers in a snowy paradise with her boyfriend Sebastian Lletget.

Like Maluma, Becky G spent her New Year surrounded by snow and sports. 

12. Christina Aguilera celebrated by rocking the house at her Vegas residency.

Never one to turn down the opportunity to work, Xtina rang in the New Year by giving her fans a show to remember. 

13. Eugenio Derbez counted grapes like we all did.

Eugenio Derbez blessed us with an adorable video of himself practicing the Spanish tradition of eating one grape for each stroke of midnight. 

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This Indigenous Group From Michoacán Is Getting Ready To Celebrate A Pre-Hispanic New Year: The ‘New Fire’

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This Indigenous Group From Michoacán Is Getting Ready To Celebrate A Pre-Hispanic New Year: The ‘New Fire’

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With all the Chinese New Year celebrations we saw this week, we wanted to highlight another Spring New Year party. Based on a very different calendar and with very different traditions; the Purépecha people of Mexico are also celebrating a New Year’s celebration soon. And their traditions hail from a distant past.

Each year, the Purépechas light a fire to celebrate the new year, according to the ancient mesoamerican calendar.

Every year, since 1983, the Purépechas of Michoacán celebrate the new year on the nights of the 1st and the 2nd of February. The lighting ceremony of the New Fire, goes back to the pre-Hispanic period.

The Purépechas are descendants of a pre-columbian empire.

Purépechas today, are concentrated in the northwestern part of the state of Michoacán in Mexico. Their calendar is similar to the Mesoamerican calendar —a system that emerged with the Olmecs, and was passed down to Mayans, Zapotecs and Aztecs.

The most widely known version of the calendar is the Aztec version.

The ‘piedra del sol’ is one of the most photographed pieces in the Museum of Anthropology of Mexico City. The use of this calendar was halted in 1521, when the Christian calendar and rituals were implemented by the Spanish.

Like its variants, the Purépecha calendar also consisted of 18 months.

Each month was made up by 20 days, for a total of 360 days in a year. To keep the calendar in alignments with the cycle of the sun, Purépechas would add 5 days periodically —and since they didn’t align with any month, those days were considered ominous.

In 1983, a group of Purépecha intellectuals and community activists reintroduced the use of the old calendar by celebrating its new year.

This date is marked by the night when the constellation of Orion reaches its highest point in the sky. In the past, this meant it was time to make offerings to Kurhíkuaeri, the god of the Sun and of fire. It usually happens on the night of February 1-2.

The Purépecha new year is now celebrated with what is called the New Fire ceremony.

The New Fire ceremony is a Mesoamerican ritual, but originally it was performed once every 52 years, corresponding to the cycle of Pleiades; it was also the day when the civil and ritual calendars coincided.

Today, the New Fire ceremony has been repurposed so that the celebration of the new year can move from town to town in the territory once defined by the Purépecha Empire.

The ritual is carried out in a different town each year. The new village receives the Old Fire from the community that guarded it during the previous year, and lights the New Fire that remains under its protection until it is delivered to the next guardian.

The first time this festivity took place after being reinstated, it was held in Tzintzuntzan.

Since then it has been taking place every year, being an important element for the strengthening and cohesion of the Purépecha people.

The purpose of the festivity, is to keep traditions alive and to rescue cultural elements of the past.

“Even though the New Fire ceremony is the most representative aspect of this indigenous people, it is one of reflection rather than religious or political in nature,” says Patricia Terán Escobar, a researcher at the National Institute for Anthropology and History (INAH). “Some of the objectives are to rescue the collective memory and all the cultural elements of the past, such as the ancient Purépecha tradition of verbally transmitting knowledge from one generation to the next.”

The Purépecha council, Consejo de Cargueros del Fuego Nuevo Purépecha, approved the request for this year’s host.

This year’s Fuego Nuevo celebration was disputed between the villages of Ario de Rosales, Zacapu, Comanja, Erongarícuaro and Capacuaro. The latter was the winner and will be the bearer of the new fire for 2020. The village of Capacuaro was chosen to honor its over 500 years of history.

Capacuaro is one of the most ancient Purépecha communities.

“It was a necessary stop for tradespeople and travelers who were making the journey between Paracho and Uruapan —a trek that took travelers through the mountains, across the ‘sierra P’urhépecha’, a road that Don Vasco de Quiroga, a famous evangelist, often trekked.

This year, the New Fire —aka. New Year ceremony— will take place on February 1 in Capácuaro, which will receive the Old Fire from Cuanajo. Capácuaro is located north of the city of Uruapan, near Paracho.

“Modern Family”s Season Finale Date Has Finally Been Announced and Fans Are Processing Their Grief

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“Modern Family”s Season Finale Date Has Finally Been Announced and Fans Are Processing Their Grief

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Whether it’s Christmas morning or the perfect hair day, as the saying goes: all good things must come to an end. And yes, this phrase is true even for our favorite TV shows. After 11 seasons, the beloved ABC sitcom Modern Family is finally reaching its conclusion. The sitcom made a star (and a multi-millionaire) out of Sofia Vergara, resulting in her frequently* being named the “highest paid actress on television”. 

Not only that, but the television show earned an incredible five consecutive Emmy wins for Outstanding Comedy series, tying with the record previously set by “Frasier” in the ‘90s. Although the series will be returning tonight from the holiday break to resume its final season, it is one of the last time viewers will see the show on their TV screens.

On Wednesday, ABC announced that the series’ final episode will air on April 8th. 

Although ABC had announced back in February of 2019 that the upcoming 11th season would be it’s last, the premiere date of the series’ finale was still up in the air. 

Naturally, the reveal of “Modern Family”’s farewell episode date has sparked some sadness among the cast.  “I will probably miss the people the most,” Sarah Hyland, who plays the peppy and boy-crazy Haley Dunphy, told People magazine. Our crew is amazing and, of course, I love our cast, they are very special people.” According to series’ co-creator, Steve Levitan, the show’s ending has been a long time coming, with the writers plotting the finale for the past year and a half.

As for the Latinx community, what they will ostensibly miss the most is Sofia Vergara’s hilarious and affectionate portrayal maternal Colombian bombshell, Gloria Delgado.

Although Vergara had appeared in small bits in movies and television shows, her turn as Gloria Delgado is what truly solidified her as a household name. Critics praised her performance for being “tonally perfect”, and she established herself as what The Hollywood Reporter called a “formidable comedy actress”. She was even nominated 4 times for an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. As for the criticism that her character was feeding into harmful stereotypes as the “fiery Latina”, Vergara paid it no mind, saying, “I am Gloria, my mother is Gloria, my aunts are Gloria. [Gloria is] colorful, she’s honest, she’s out there, she cares about people. She’s loud, but I am loud. She’s crazy, but I am crazy.”

Vergara, for her part, is confident that Gloria’s story will end exactly how it’s supposed to. “Gloria has such a great life and such a beautiful family that I think anything that the writers have prepared for her, I’m going to be happy with,” Vergara recently told BuzzFeed. “I’m sure that it’s gonna be great, like all the seasons’ finales.”

And although ABC execs have previously expressed interest in continuing the series via a spin-off, the showrunners say there “no plans” on the books yet for such a project.

So that means that the final upcoming episodes will likely be the last time “Modern Family” fans get to see new installments of the adventures of the Pritchett-Dunphy-Tucker family. Description of how ABC is airing a “presenting a fan-curated tribute on March 11. ABC will kick off the night in prime time with the series’ very first episode, followed by favorite episodes that fans get to vote on next month.”

One thing’s for sure about “Modern Family” the success and staying-power of the unconventional family sitcom was proof that America loves to see their diversity reflected to them in their media. There is no one “right” way to be a family and “Modern Family” proved more accurately than any show before it that our commonalities are more plentiful than our differences. 

Although fans have known about “Modern Family”‘s final season for a while, that didn’t stop them from expressing their sadness on Twitter. 

“Modern Family” has been on the air for over ten years. It’s not surprising that fans are already grieving the show that has been part of their lives for so long. 

This fan is still in complete denial over the show’s impending conclusion:

Aww, the first stage of grief. We felt the same way when “Gossip Girl” ended.

This Latina had no words to describe her sadness over the final season:

Sometimes, the deepest emotions are best expressed in GIF form.

This person was getting deep in their feelings when watching the Christmas episode:

It was definitely around the Christmas episode that we started to finally recognize how much we were going to miss this show in our lives. 

And in the perfect fashion, this devastated fan laid all the blame at Cam’s feet. 

Hey, someone’s gotta be the bad guy!