Mexico is dealing with possibly the biggest humanitarian crisis in its history, and we need your help. Continue reading “3 Awesome Ways You Can Help Mexico’s Earthquake Victims”
On September 19th, 2017, a deadly earthquake rocked Mexico City and sparked a thousand stories of indescribable pain and unbelievable courage. Continue reading “What a Deadly Earthquake Will Teach You About Courage”
Hurricane Harvey has left thousands of people affected by catastrophic flooding. This is how you can help. Continue reading “10 Best Ways You Can Help Hurricane Harvey Victims”
It’s spring break time! And Mexico is the best place to spend your vacation. If you’re worried about safety, don’t be. Just follow these simple, common-sense rules.
Hola, amigos! I’m often asked about how safe it is to visit Mexico. There are so many horror stories on the news, I’m sure many people think visiting Mexico is like jumping into the zombie apocalypse. That is not true at all, but you do have to follow certain guidelines to stay safe when traveling to Mexico.
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Lately, there’s been a lot of controversy on surrounding Mexico and its relationship with the USA, and there’s plenty of lies going around. I’ve done some fact-checking, so keep reading to find out what’s going on. Continue reading “5 Lies About Mexico You Need To Stop Believing”
In Mexico, piñatas are more than just a fun item for birthday parties. During the holiday season, piñatas carry a strong symbolism are a fundamental part of Mexican Christmas traditions.
Hitting a piñata during a posada (credit:N. Saum)
Few things identify Mexico like the piñata does. Believe it or not, the traditional piñata is a a syncretism between the Orient (via Europe) and indigenous traditions.
The modern Mexican piñata has its origins in the early colonial period, but there are a number of cultures which have similar traditions. Before the arrival of the Spanish, both the Mayans and the Aztecs had rituals in which an old, decorated, pot filled with offerings would be broken for a diety. The Mayan tradition even had those breaking the pot blindfolded.
The European tradition came to the continent from China, and was there associated with Lent, not Christmas. In the very early colonial period, the Spanish would co-opt certain native traditions and give them Christian meanings. The pot offering among the Aztecs was for the god Huitzilopochtli, whose birthday was celebrated in December. It…
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Hola, my American amigos! The 2016 Presidential Election is upon you, and the entire world is watching. I know this isn’t an easy choice, and that’s why I would like to share a few electoral lessons we have learned in Mexico that could come in handy right now. Continue reading “Important Electoral Lessons From Mexico You Need To Know”
Hola, amigos! It’s that time of year again when everyone goes crazy over sombreros, guacamole, and anything even remotely Mexican. If you think the entire country of Mexico also goes crazy on Cinco de Mayo, I have to tell you that’s not true. But although this isn’t a day for partying and dancing in Mexico, that doesn’t mean it’s not meaningful. Let me tell you all about it! Continue reading “15 Important Facts You Need To Know About Cinco De Mayo”
Hola, amigos! I recently had the pleasure to watch one of the most fascinating rituals in Mexico- the Dance of the Flyers. I’ve had the privilege of watching it several times in my life, but it never ceases to amaze me. In this post, I’ll tell you all about it and I even have a video for you to watch! Continue reading “How To Fly In Breathtaking Mexican Style”
Hola, amigos! I’m often asked about how safe it is to visit Mexico. There are so many horror stories on the news, I’m sure many people think visiting Mexico is like jumping into the zombie apocalypse. That is not true at all, but you do have to follow certain guidelines to stay safe when traveling to Mexico. Continue reading “10 Guaranteed Ways To Stay Safe In Mexico”