Three photos hanging from a string with acorns and trees showing a successful holiday party.

13 Signs You Know You’re at a Latino Holiday Party

We celebrate the best parts of spending the holidays with tu familia.


By: Lucy Lopez

Latino holiday parties exist in a world all their own. Even if you only see your extended family once a year, these celebrations are filled with a warm familiarity that radiates throughout the evening – plus music, laughter and enough food to feed a small country. I look forward to these moments with mi familia and cherish the memories made. As soon as I walk in the door, I know I’m home.


For all these reasons and more, you know you’re at a Latino holiday party when:

  1. You see a pile of musical instruments in the corner and know that the parranda will start after dinner.
  2. You can smell the food cooking as soon as you walk in the door and know your mom will ask for your help in the kitchen.
  3. The house is filled to the brim with kids, all playing and running around. In fact, everyone is talking over each other – there’s so much laughter and conversation that you can’t hear yourself think.
  4. You walk into the bathroom and can instantly tell that your abuela used her “special-occasion” perfume.
  5. Everyone is wearing a fancy outfit and has perfectly styled hair, even though the party is at home and the guests are all family members.
  6. It’s been only two minutes since you arrived, and someone has already offered you something to eat and drink.
  7. Speaking of food, there’s just so much. If you try to eat a helping of every dish, you’ll probably get sick. But you’re not worried – you’ll get to sample everything because your mamà will send you home with leftovers.
  8. You hear your parents’ favorite merengue song playing in the background and know that everybody will start dancing any minute – but you won’t have to worry about finding a dance partner.
  9. You have to bring extra makeup to touch up with because your tías will leave bright red lipstick marks on your cheek when they say hello.
  10. Your tía entrometida asks you when you’re finally going to settle down – for the third time that evening.
  11. You remember all your friends only have to attend a few holiday parties, but you have at least three more weeks of celebrations because of Reyes.
  12. You go all out on your makeup and outfit so that your abuela doesn’t remind you that you aren’t getting any younger … but then she comments that you’re wearing too much.
  13. You feel a sense of bittersweet nostalgia for the family members back home who aren’t celebrating here tonight.


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Lucía (Lucy) Lopez was born and raised in Buffalo, New York, and lucky enough to have a second home on the pretty little island of Puerto Rico. With writing as her passion, she’s beyond excited to be a part of the Orgullosa community and getting to learn more about Hispanic cultures, other than her own, along the way.

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