Días Importantes for Latinos in 2014

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Feliz Año Nuevo! If you’re anything like Carlos, then you already have your 2014 calendar on display – If you’re anything like me, then you’re still waiting for Amazon to deliver your 2014 agenda which you ordered at the last minute. Either way, here are some dates to make note of which may not already be marked in your calendar or agenda. You don’t want to miss National Taco Day, now do you?

Latin American and Latino-American Holidays 2014

January

New Year’s Day/ Año Nuevo – 1st
Desfile de las Rosas – 1st
Independence Day, Cuba – 1st
Día de los Reyes – 6th

February

Día de la Candelaria – 2nd
Día de San Valentín/ Día del Amor y la Amistad, USA – 14th
National Margarita Day, USA – 22nd
Independence Day, Dominican Republic – 27th

March

Ash Wednesday/ El Miércoles de Ceniza – 5th

April

April Fools’ Day, USA – 1st
National Empanada Day, USA – 8th
Domingo de Ramos – 13th
Jueves Santo – 17th
Viernes Santo – 18th
Domingo de Resurrección – 20th
Día de los Niños, US and Mexico – 30th

May

Cinco de Mayo, USA and part of Mexico – 5th
Mother’s Day – 11th for US and most of Latin America, 10th for El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico
Independence Day, Paraguay – 15th

June

The beginning of FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil – 13th
Father’s Day – 15th for US and most of Latin America, 17th for El Salvador and Guatemala
El Día E (Spanish language appreciation day) – 22nd

July

Independence Day, USA and Puerto Rico – 4th
Independence Day, Venezuela – 5th
Independence Day, Argentina – 9th
Independence Day, Colombia – 20th
Día del Amigo, Argentina – 20th
Día Internacional del Perro Callejero – 27th
Independence Day, Peru -28th

August

Fiestas Agostinas, El Salvador – 5th to 11th
Salvadoran American Day, USA – 6th
Independence Day, Bolivia – 6th
Independence Day, Ecuador – 10th
Independence Day, Uruguay – 25th

September

Independence Day, Brazil – 7th
Independence Day, El Salvador, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Honduras, Nicaragua – 15th
Hispanic Heritage Month – 15th (to October 15th)
Independence Day, Mexico – 15th & 16th
Independence Day, Chile – 18th

October

National Taco Day, USA – 4th
Halloween, USA – 31st

November

Día de Todos los Santos – 1st
Día de los Muertos/Difuntos – 2nd
Independence Day, Panama – 3rd
National Pupusa Day, El Salvador – 9th
Universal Children’s Day – 20th (Countries throughout Latin America celebrate it different days)
Thanksgiving, USA – 27th

December

Giving Tuesday (donate to charity) – 2nd
Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe – 12th
Las Posadas (to Nochebuenda) – 16th
Nochebuena – 24th
Navidad – 25th
Día de los Inocentes, Latin America – 28th

Did I miss an awesome holiday celebrated in Latin America or by Latinos in other parts of the world? Leave a comment so we can celebrate, too!

Posted on January 1, 2014, in celebration, Culture, holiday and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. Lic. María Raiti

    Querida Tracy, el 20 de julio los argentinos celebramos el día del amigo. San Valentin no es una tradición nuestra y creo que tal vez un festejo reemplaza al otro (aunque por cuestiones comerciales San Valentin viene siendo impuesto en nuestra cultura, al igual que Halloween que no pertenece a nuestra cultura!) Un abrazo y muy feliz año!!

    • Gracias, María! Agregué “USA” a los días de celebración basados en los EEUU como Halloween y el Día de San Valentín. Los tengo incluidos porque los latinos en los EEUU lo celebran porque son parte de la cultura y identidad de aquí, mientras guardan las tradiciones de la cultura latina que igualmente son parte de su identidad.

      También agregué El Día del Amigo para Argentina :)

  2. I guess I’m like you! Hahaha! Actually I have calendars up but no dates are marked and I’m having trouble getting motivated to do it but I know I need to because time waits for no one. Feliz Ano Nuevo!

  3. Las posadas go til Nochebuena, not just one night. Also, we celebrate Día de la Candelaria February 2, so 40 days after Día de los Reyes. If you get the baby in the rosca, you have to do tamales for that day. It celebrates Jesus being presented in the temple and is the official end of the holidays.

    Y Independence Day is celebrated the 15-16 September in Mexico. The 15th at night is the grit, and then the 16th everyone is over work, recovers from the night before, etc. Kind of like how we celebrate Christmas late-night the 24th, then the 25th is kind of a chill day.

  4. También en Argentina se celebra:
    el 25 de mayo la Revolución de Mayo.
    el 20 de junio, el día de la Bandera.
    el 11 de septiembre el Día del Maestro.
    el 21 de septiembre el Día del estudiante y el Día de la Primavera.
    el 12 de octubre el Día del Respeto a la Diversidad Cultural.
    Creo que no olvidé ninguno más. A excepción del 21de septiembre el resto de las fechas son todas fechas patrias.
    Saludos!

    • Gracias por tu gran ontribución, Maria! … Me encanta la idea de un día dedicado a “Respeto a la Diversidad Cultural.”

    • Gracias por tu gran ontribución, Maria! … Me encanta la idea de un día dedicado a “Respeto a la Diversidad Cultural.”

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