Culture

A Brief History of the Quinceañera

Martha RusselApril 18, 2021

The Quinceañera, or celebration of a girl's 15th birthday, is much like the American "Sweet 16" celebration. This Latin American tradition, celebrated throughout Mexico, the Caribbean, and Latino communities in the United States, is both a religious and social event that emphasizes the importance of family in the life of a young woman.

Creating Chanel No. 5, the Other Cinco de Mayo

Martha RusselApril 18, 2021

From poverty to shopgirl. From cafe singer to international fashion mogul. The life of Gabrielle "Coco" Bonheur Chanel was one of so many facets, that it can make one dizzy to think about. She is a true rags-to-riches story, spending periods in her life in a convent, as a socialite,...

Why do we Celebrate Cinco de Mayo so Widely in the United States?

Martha RusselApril 18, 2021

Why is it that we, in the United States, celebrate Cinco de Mayo so widely? To answer the question appropriately, we need to take a look back at why this holiday is celebrated at all. Cinco de Mayo is about more than margaritas, carnitas, and mole pablano, after all.  The...

The Surprising History of Mother's Day

Martha RusselApril 04, 2021

Celebrating Mother's Day isn't just a modern tradition. Like so many other holidays, it's difficult to attribute to a single source. Cultures as far back as the ancient Greeks and Romans were known to hold celebrations in honor of mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele. Later Christian festival known as Mothering...

Why do we Wear New Clothes for Easter? And, how to do it Right.

Martha RusselFebruary 26, 2021

The Tradition of Dressing Up Many of us have memories of dressing up in our "Sunday best" for Easter, donning some new clothes and being fussed over to look as good as we can. We've seen the years of Easter parades in New York, with the throngs of bonnets and...