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!

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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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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.

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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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How to Fight Back When Your Content is Stolen

How to Fight Back When Your Content is Stolen

Has someone ever copied your work and passed it off as their own? It’s called plagiarism, and it’s a blogger’s (and a writer’s) worst nightmare. Well, it happened to me, and this is what I did to fight back. Continue reading “How to Fight Back When Your Content is Stolen”

Driving in Mexico: Everything You Need to Know

Are you planning a trip to Mexico and wondering if you can rent a car and drive around? Then, you should read this informative post by Ted Campbell at No Hay Bronca blog!

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There’s no reason for a competent and experienced driver to be intimidated by driving in Mexico. In fact, driving around the country is an excellent option, especially with low prices for rental cars and an abundance of out-of-the-way destinations like colonial towns, national parks, and virgin beaches.

Sure, things are a little different here, but like anything else unfamiliar in Mexico, the main thing you need is patience. And a few tips.

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To Drive or Not?

Your budget is the first factor to consider for whether you drive in Mexico or not. Right now, all over the world, renting a car is super cheap, as low as 10 dollars a day. This means that despite toll highways and somewhat pricy gasoline (compared to the U.S.—it’s still lower than in Europe), renting a car may actually be cheaper than using public transportation, especially if you travel in a group or visit…

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How To Survive A Crazy Mexican Winter

How To Survive A Crazy Mexican Winter

It’s the middle of winter in Mexico City, it’s cold, and I hate it. Here’s why this is definitely my least favorite season!

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Hey, amigos. I’m sorry for my lack of enthusiasm, but I am freezing my butt off in the middle of a Mexican winter. How is that possible? I’m in Mexico! Well, if you think it’s always sunny and warm here, you are dead wrong. In fact, I have quite a few good reasons to hate the wintertime. Fortunately I’ve also come up with some great ways to cope with this dreary season!

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The Best Way To End The Mexican Holiday Season

The Best Way To End The Mexican Holiday Season

In Mexico, the holiday season isn’t over yet. There’s still one more holiday to celebrate, and it’s Three King’s Day!

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Hola, amigos! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season, full of peace, love, and joy. Sadly for you, the holidays are long gone. But for all of us lucky people living in Mexico, there is yet another holiday to celebrate- El Día de Reyes, or the Three Kings’ Day. Would you like to join in the fun?

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10 Funny Mexican Traditions For Ringing In The New Year

10 Funny Mexican Traditions For Ringing In The New Year

Are you ready to ring in the New Year? Try one of these crazy Mexican traditions to make sure 2017 will bring you love and prosperity!

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Hey, amigos! The year almost over and it’s time to plan how you are going to ring in the new one. In Mexico, people give this some very serious thought, because it is believed that whatever you are doing at midnight on New Year’s Eve determines how you will spend the entire year. I know. It’s silly, right? Or is it?

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Piñatas are Mexico’s Whackable Icon

Piñatas are Mexico’s Whackable Icon

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.

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390px-las_posadas_pinata 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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10 Jolly Secrets You Didn’t Know About Mexican Christmas

10 Jolly Secrets You Didn’t Know About Mexican Christmas

I love to celebrate Christmas in Mexico! There are so many wonderful traditions here that I wouldn’t like to be anywhere else this time of year.

My Heart of 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.

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Celebrate The Most Mexican Of Holidays!

Celebrate The Most Mexican Of Holidays!

Today, Dec 12th, is Mexico’s most important religious holiday. It’s the feast day of the mother of our nation, our Lady of Guadalupe. Read her story here!

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Hello, amigos! I’m writing this on December 12th,which it is the official start of the holiday season in Mexico. From this day on, it’s a marathon of parties, get-togethers, and reunions that don´t stop until January 6th. But more importantly, this day holds a special meaning for the entire nation. It’s the most Mexican of all holidays!

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