8 Popular Ways To Celebrate Easter In Mexico

8 Popular Ways To Celebrate Easter In Mexico

My Heart of Mexico

Holy Week is a four-day nationwide religious vacation that also doubles as spring break in Mexico. I know this is supposed to be a strictly religious holiday, but in Mexico you can make it as holy or as earthly as you like.

View original post 644 more words

10 Guaranteed Ways To Stay Safe In Mexico

10 Guaranteed Ways To Stay Safe In Mexico

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.

My Heart of Mexico

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.

View original post 1,916 more words

2 Amazing things about Mexican women you must know

2 Amazing things about Mexican women you must know

My Heart of Mexico

Today, I just want to tell you why Mexican women rule!

View original post 173 more words

How To Drink Tequila Like A True Mexican Connoisseur

How To Drink Tequila Like A True Mexican Connoisseur

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!

My Heart of Mexico

Tequila has an undeservedly bad reputation because it tends to give people a truly awful hangover. The truth is this will only happen if you drink tequila all wrong. Allow me to show you the proper way to have Mexico’s national drink. 

View original post 695 more words

10 Yummy Reasons Why You’ll Love Lent In Mexico

10 Yummy Reasons Why You’ll Love Lent In Mexico

Carnival time is over and Lent has begun. In Mexico, this means it’s time to enjoy a whole array of yummy food.

My Heart of Mexico

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!

View original post 1,213 more words

Carnival costume in Mexico

Carnival costume in Mexico

It’s Carnival time in Mexico!

Creative Hands of 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.

bulevar_avila_camacho_en_el_carnaval_de_veracruz 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.

258px-santamartacarnival2013_27 Though not common, costumes mocking authority still appear

Perhaps more interesting and…

View original post 580 more words

Undocumented Dreams, Achievable Reality: One College Student’s Story

Undocumented Dreams, Achievable Reality: One College Student’s Story

As untold numbers of Dreamers face uncertainty in the USA, this story should inspire them to have hope and never give up!

Goodykoontz Journalism

kevin-pena-by-pond-resized 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…

View original post 2,238 more words

20 Amazing Facts About Authentic Tamales

20 Amazing Facts About Authentic Tamales

Candlemas is on February 2nd, and in Mexico, we celebrate this holiday by eating tamales. Which is your favorite kind of tamale?

My Heart of 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!

View original post 1,575 more words

Baby Jesus dresses up

Baby Jesus dresses up

On February 2nd, Mexicans celebrate Candlemas and there’s a very interesting tradition that goes with this special holiday!

Creative Hands of Mexico

ninodiossanfran08 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)…

View original post 413 more words

10 Reasons Why Living in Mexico is Awesome

10 Reasons Why Living in Mexico is Awesome

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.

My Heart of Mexico

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.

View original post 1,002 more words