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!

My Heart of Mexico

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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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.

Creative Hands of Mexico

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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The Best Way To End The Mexican Holiday Season

The Best Way To End The Mexican Holiday Season

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 Three Kings’ Day. Would you like to join in the fun? Continue reading “The Best Way To End The Mexican Holiday Season”

10 Jolly Secrets You Didn’t Know About Mexican Christmas

10 Jolly Secrets You Didn’t Know About Mexican Christmas

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”