Growing up in a Latin household in North America means there is never a dull moment. Trying to fit in with my friends who were eating macaroni and cheese as opposed to my family’s delicious steak with beans and rice made it feel like we were worlds apart.
There are about 55 million latinos in the United States today. From Mexico, Nicaragua, Colombia and Argentina, every country has its own interesting traditions and quirks that somehow seem to fit in beautifully in the U.S.
As the largest ethnic group in the country, chances are you may end up knowing or even dating a Latina. I may be biased but I find my culture quite beautiful. So if you are planning on asking that special someone out, here are some important things to know and remember when dating a Latina.
#1. You may have primetime television with strong dramas, hilarious comedies, and even mysteries.
Your girlfriend gets all that in one telenovela or soap opera. These one hour series are sacred in any Latin home so either wait till her novela is over to call or sit quiet watching the show with her. You may learn Spanish quicker than you realize.
#2. Don't try to guess if she's a Pepsi or a Coca-Cola girl. She's neither.
Instead, a Latina can choose from pineapple, guava, lime, mandarin, and mango, among other fruity-flavoured Jarritos sodas.
#3. Don't ever, ever say anything negative about Latin heartthrob Ricky Martin!
North Americans may have fallen in love with his rhythmic, soulful, and sexy music when he sang, “The Cup of Life,” at the 1999 Grammy Music Awards. We have been in love with Ricky since he made his debut in the group Menudo when he was just 13 years old.
#4. Spicy, hot, caliente, or feisty are not words usually used to describe an individual.
Unless, you want to end the relationship before it even starts, don’t call her those names. Those are words used to describe condiments, not a woman.
#5. Latinas love to say they are not superstitious but will follow certain rituals, just in case…
And this guy, Walter Mercado, has been telling the Latin community all the dates, food, and colours to avoid for better luck in life.