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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How To Fly In Breathtaking Mexican Style

How To Fly In Breathtaking Mexican Style

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”

How To Make A Mexican Lentil Soup You’ll Enjoy

How To Make A Mexican Lentil Soup You’ll Enjoy

It seems like I’ve been cooking a lot lately. That’s because cooking or baking something is the best way to warm up the house on a chilly day. I’m all about comfort food right now, so I decided to make one of my favorite cold weather dishes- Mexican lentil soup. Ready to start cooking? Here we go! Continue reading “How To Make A Mexican Lentil Soup You’ll Enjoy”

How to make wonderful homemade Mexican beans

How to make wonderful homemade Mexican beans

Hola, amigos! I am very happy that many of you enjoyed my easy Mexican chicken dinner recipe, so this time I have decided to share another simple and cheap dish with you- my homemade Mexican beans recipe! Continue reading “How to make wonderful homemade Mexican beans”

How To Survive A Crazy Mexican Winter

How To Survive A Crazy Mexican Winter

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! Continue reading “How To Survive A Crazy Mexican Winter”

Celebrate The Most Mexican Of Holidays!

Celebrate The Most Mexican Of Holidays!

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! Continue reading “Celebrate The Most Mexican Of Holidays!”

How To Have a Festive Mexican Christmas Dinner

How To Have a Festive Mexican Christmas Dinner

Hola, amigos! December is here and the holidays are just around the corner. Yay! In Mexico, this means it’s time for a non-stop marathon of parties, dinners, get-togethers, and celebrations that starts on December 12th and doesn’t stop until January 6th. Yes, time to fatten up! Let me tell you it’s a true feat of strength if you can still button your pants by the time the holidays are over. Why do we eat so much? I’ll give you ten good reasons! Continue reading “How To Have a Festive Mexican Christmas Dinner”

20 Amazing Facts About Authentic Tamales

20 Amazing Facts About Authentic Tamales

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”

How to cook and eat beautiful yucca flowers

How to cook and eat beautiful yucca flowers

Did you know you can eat flowers? Ok, not all kinds of flowers, but yucca flowers make for a delicious dish! Does that sound too exotic? If you´re wondering how to cook a flower, keep reading! Continue reading “How to cook and eat beautiful yucca flowers”

10 Facts About Mexican Food That Will Surprise You

10 Facts About Mexican Food That Will Surprise You

If you think Mexican food means eating chimichangas or throwing cheese and cream on every dish, you really need to read this post! 
Continue reading “10 Facts About Mexican Food That Will Surprise You”