The Land of Tacos

Did you know that Mexico holds one of the seven wonders of the world? Keep reading to find more startling facts about this amazing Hispanic country!

Mexico is based in the North American continent although it is identified to be close to the Central and Southern part of America. “It borders the United States in the north, Guatemala and Belize in the south, the Pacific Ocean in the west, and the Gulf of Mexico in the east”. The territory of this country measures more than 750,000 square miles and various resources can be found within its borders.

Spanish is known to be the official major language Mexicans use to communicate with each other. As a matter of fact, approximately 93% of the Mexican population speak this language. The writing is the same as other Spanish speaking countries; however, the pronunciation and sounds are different from other similar speaking countries. Additionally, some people speak Mayan, Nahuatl and other hispanic regional languages.

One of the most important values in Mexican societies is family. Especially outside of the main cities, families are usually large and each member has their own roles and responsibilities to accomplish. One of the largest event that takes place in Mexican families is Quinceanera; this celebrates the celebration of a girl’s journey from childhood to womanhood. It basically honors young women at the age of 15.  Few other cultures such as Indian, Philippines and South African, also celebrate this celebration.

Mexican cuisine varies from between regions as each town has its own speciality and cooking style. Tortilla is the most common food that is eaten any time during the day by Mexicans; it is made out of corn flour. Other foods made from corn are also common like pepper, tomatoes and beans. Tequila is what Mexico is known for andit is made from a plant named agave cactus. This country also has a well developed beverage industry which is why various types of sodas are a popular beverage/drink to have.

Both martial or handmade, and musical art leave a positive impact on this country and its population. Some examples of successful handmade martial arts are “Clay pottery, embroidered cotton garments, wool shawls and outer garments with special designs, colourful baskets and rugs associated with Mexican folk art”. Music is also a big segment of this culture. Mexicans dance and sing to the type of Mariachi folk music which originated in the Southern part of the state of Jalisco in Mexico during the 19th century. Musicians play the violin, guitars, basses and trumpets and the atmosphere becomes very diverse and festive.

There are 3 very important Mexican holidays that Mexicans celebrate together. “The first one is known as the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, which is celebrating the appearance of Virgin Mary to an Indian man during the Spanish rule” . This festival is celebrated on December 12th annually. The second important festival is The Day of the Dead/ Dia de los Muertos a day to remember and honor those whom we love and have passed away. Itis celebrated on November 2nd annually as well. Last but not least, the last celebration is the Independence Day which is the day when Mexico got its official separation from Spain in 1810. It is celebrated on September 16th.

All these celebrations, colour and culture of the Mexican culture is very special and you can’t judge them until you experience them yourself!

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