What is a compadre and What does compadrazgo mean in Hispanic culture?

A compadre is literally a coparent.

When a Latino child is born, the parents choose good friends to be compadres, often the godmother and godfather (madrina or padrino) at the child’s baptism.

The compadre is expected to be a second parent throughout the child’s life, keeping in contact and helping out as needed.

The system is called compadrazgo.

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