Latin America: Christmas, tradition and culture

By N. Patricia Montaño

Latin American culture is rich in oral traditions, a product growing from 500 years of mixing the cultures of the native Indigenes (indigenous people), African slaves and Spanish colonizers. Christmas time provides one the most important expressions of these traditions, full of music, lights, parties and food, but especially villancicos and Las Posadas, or Novenas Navideñas.



The Lincoln Hotel and the Shoots building in Goshen now belong to LaCasa.

Goshen, IN— On October 27, following many months of planning, preparation, and anxious waiting for funding, permits and the fulfillment of bureaucratic requirements,


Joining LaCasa at the ground-breaking ceremony on Friday were: Mayor Alan Kauffman, Chamber President David Daugherty, Tom Stark of Goshen’s Redevelopment Commission and Bob Brenneman of Goshen’s Housing Authority, along with representatives from the project funding organizations including Fred Hash from Great Lakes Capital, Sherry Siewert of Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, Debora Conley of Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis, and Dennis Hively of 1st Source Bank in Warsaw; representatives from DJ Construction, Doug Wogoman, President, Dan Jacobs, Project Manager, Tim Cataldo, Client Rep, and Sam Goins, Superintendent. Greg Kil, was present from Kil Architecture, and Anne Mannix was present from Neighborhood Development Associates. Pastor Alan Griffin of 1st Presbyterian Church, across the street, provided a blessing on the project and on all the workers and volunteers as the project moves forward. Representative John Ulmer was also present, along with representatives from Goshen’s City Council, including Bill Bloss, Julia Gautsche, Dan Grimes, and Chic Lantz.

The parade might have been bought, err, sponsored by the fast-food giant, but plenty of people lining the route weren’t buying it. In the end, consumers are a lot more savvy than McDonald’s may think... That’s right, a typical farmworker in Florida would have to pick 8 32-pound buckets of tomatoes to be able to afford a happy meal for their kid. That’s 32 pounds, under the Florida sun, with no benefits, overtime, or other basic legal protections. Makes you think, doesn’t it? Alliance for Fair Food. / Student Farmworker Alliance