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. You may think the entire country of Mexico also goes crazy on Cinco de Mayo, but there’s nothing farther from the truth. 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”
Hola, amigos! The countdown to Christmas has begun, and Mexico is no exception. In fact, Mexicans start celebrating the holidays long before anyone else does. What can I say? We love a good party! And to make the holidays even merrier, in Mexico we have certain traditions that give this time of year a very special touch. These are some of them. Continue reading “10 Jolly Secrets You Didn’t Know About Mexican Christmas”
Hola, amigos! Here in Mexico, it’s time to celebrate the Day of the Dead. Perhaps this sounds scary to you, but it’s really a very family-friendly holiday. Would you like to know what all the fuss is about? Keep reading! Continue reading “How To Celebrate The Mexican Day Of The Dead”
Mexico is no stranger to natural disasters. We get a lot of them each year! My country is beautiful, but we are always sitting on the brink of destruction. Mexico has thousands of miles of coastline, so of course we get at least one strong hurricane a year. The country is also home to several active volcanoes and there are earthquakes almost everyday. On top of it all, tornadoes sometimes make their appearance in the north. Even a record-breaking hurricane is not new for us! Continue reading “5 Worst Natural Disasters In Mexico”
Tamales are one of the most iconic Mexican dishes ever. Along with tacos, they are arguably among the best-known kinds of Mexican food. Tamales are beloved in Mexico and abroad, and with good reason. They are soft, warm, tasty, delicious treats, and good for almost any occassion, special or otherwise. In case you have been living in some other food planet and you’ve never had one, I strongly suggest you keep reading! Continue reading “20 Amazing Facts About Authentic Tamales”