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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If you don’t like tequila, it’s probably because it gave you a bad hangover from drinking it wrong. Here’s how you should do it!
Carnival time is over and Lent has begun. In Mexico, this means it’s time to enjoy a whole array of yummy food.
Lent, or Cuaresma, is a special time of year for Mexican Catholics. It’s a time of reflection and penitence, and the most noticeable characteristic is that people generally try to avoid certain things, like eating meat. However, this only means that Mexican cuisine gets creative. There’s need for bland or dull food this time of year!
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It’s Carnival time in Mexico!
Mexico does not come immediately to mind when thinking about Carnival/Mardi Gras, but it does has a number of important events and unique traditions. According to Mexico Desconocido, there are ten important Carnivals in the country: those in Mazatlan, Veracruz, Campeche, in various small towns in Morelos, Mérida, Huejotzingo, Puebla, Pinotepa de Don Luis, Oaxaca, Chamula and Huistan, Chiapas, Tlaxcala and Ensenada, California. However, there are quite a few more.
Carnival parade in Veracruz (credit:Saulo ren)
Those in major cities such as Mazatlan, Veracruz, Campeche and Ensenada are very similar to those held in the famous locations of Rio de Janeiro and New Orleans, though Mexican themes show up in parades, especially floats. Giant colorful monsters called alebrijes, based on a handcraft of the same name, have also begun to be seen regularly in these events.
Though not common, costumes mocking authority still appear
Perhaps more interesting and…
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As untold numbers of Dreamers face uncertainty in the USA, this story should inspire them to have hope and never give up!
Kevin Pena, a Linn-Benton Community College student leader, spent his childhood as an undocumented immigrant in Albany, Ore. Photo by Elliot Pond
Kevin Yusif Peña Aceves thought he belonged in his hometown of Albany, Ore. Growing up, he enjoyed life as an American, playing high school sports, teasing his three younger brothers, and hanging out with his friends. He expected to earn a driver’s license, find a job, graduate high school and head to college with the rest of his classmates.
But when Peña turned 16, his once-planned future dissolved.
Peña discovered he’d been living in the United States as an undocumented immigrant. Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, he’d flown to the United States with his parents when he was just 4 years old. His three younger brothers had been born on U.S. soil, but he’d grown up sheltered from his own status.
Peña couldn’t participate in any of…
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Candlemas is on February 2nd, and in Mexico, we celebrate this holiday by eating tamales. Which is your favorite kind of tamale?
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!
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On February 2nd, Mexicans celebrate Candlemas and there’s a very interesting tradition that goes with this special holiday!
Niño Dios as an angel
The holiday season in Mexico is known as Lupe-Reyes, referring to a nearly month-long period that begins on the feast day of the Virgin of Guadalupe, patron saint of Mexico, on December 12 and Three King’s Day (Epiphany) on January 6.
But there is one other date related to the time period, February 2. This is called Candlemas in English, although its observance has waned in the Anglo world. It commemorates the taking of the infant Jesus to temple 40 days after his birth, a Jewish practice at the time.
Images of the infant Jesus are very important in Mexican Catholicism. It is lain in the nativity scene on 25 December, and very can often be much bigger than all the other figures. It can be on family altars throughout the year and there are even a number of famous “Niño Dios” (literally Child God)…
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I’m Mexican, and although my country’s name has been repeatedly dragged through the mud by the new American president, I still think living here in Mexico is awesome.
You probably already know that I love my country. That’s easy to see! I know it’s not perfect. There’s tons of serious problems around here, like corruption, crime, poverty, and pollution. However, I honestly think the good outweighs the bad. I could never live anywhere else! So, from a Mexican resident’s point of view, these are the reasons why living in Mexico is truly awesome.
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