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Transcript of Mexico
La LLorona a Mexican Myth
Day of the Dead (11/1 - 11/2): Celebration of past lives.
Dia de la Independencia "Independence Day" (9/16)
Virgen De Guadalupe "Lady from Heaven" (12/12)
Semana Santa: Second most important holiday in Mexico, runs from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday.
Los Tres Reyes Magos "Three Kings Day" (1/6): Children wake up on this day to find toys and gifts.
Las Posadas (12/16): Nine consecutive days of candlelight processions parties, the beginning of Christmas festivities on this day.
More than 18 million people live in Mexico City alone, and it is the second largest city in the world. The total population of Mexico is 118,395,054 as of 2013.
Instead of 'dollars' money is called 'pesos'
1 Mexican Peso is about 0.077 US Dollar
In 2012 their GDP was $1.761 trillion
Exports: Oil, Electronics, Automobiles, Aircraft, Silver, Computers, Fruits, Processed foods, Vegetables, Ships, Coffee, Cotton, Cell phones, and Metals
There is a blend of three cultural influences such as Native American culture, Spanish culture, and Mexican culture. The Plaza of Three Cultures in Mexico City represents those traditions. The plaza has the stone ruins of an Aztec market place and Catholic Church built by the Spanish. Skyscrapers nearby symbolize modern Mexico.
The traditional way of life in Mexico can be seen through farming towns and small villages. At the center of each village is a plaza, they gather there and hold weekly markets. People in Mexico's rural areas live in poverty, some homes only have one room and a dirt floor. People living in farms usually don't have electricity and running water. These conditions force many Mexicans to leave the rural areas for urban areas.
Valeria and her mum
Fashion is internationally influenced, typically Mexian clothing looks similar to clothing in the US and Europe.
Typical wardrobe for a women in rural areas would include skirts, sleeveless tunics called 'huipils', capes called 'quechequemitls', and shawls called 'rebozos'. For men clothing would be a cape called a 'sarape' and boots are also commonly worn by men.
Some traditional clothing worn for special occasions and celebrations are sombreros and charro suits worn by Mariachi bands at carnivals.
There was a woman who's name was Maria, she was very beautiful, but she was poor. As she grew into a woman her beauty grew too. She became vain and thought that she was too good for the boys in her village so she just brushed them off, when they tried to talk to her. But one day this rancher guy, named Marco came to her village and she thought he was the most handsome guy she'd ever seen and wanted to marry him, but he was a flirt and was flirting with most of the village girls. She played hard to get and he soon fell for her, togther they had three children but soon, Marco's love for Maria faded. He began to leave for his ranching trips for weeks at time, and he only came back to see his children and he only ever talked to them without paying attention to Maria, who grew jealous of her kids. One day while she and her kids were walking down a road, she saw Marco with another woman, just as pretty as her, and she became enraged so she pushed her children into a river nearby, after she realized what she had done, she frantically searched the rivers for them. Maddened with grief, heartbreak, and anger she drowned herself. Villagers found her body and dressed her in a white silk robe and buried her on the bank of the river, where they found her. The night after the burial the villagers heard moaning and crying in spanish they hear a woman cry "Mis hijos" or my children. She searches for her children forever and when young children are out at night, it's said she kidnaps them. Many children went missing shortly after Maria died. She also seduces men who cheat on their girlfriend or wife then kills them. When you hear her crying or moaning, it means that someone will die. Soon they began calling her 'La Llorona' which means weeping woman.
Food was based on income level and social class.
: corn/wheat tortillas, with beans, rice, tomatoes, chili peppers, chorizo, and empanadas.
Middle and Upper Class
: These people tend to have similar diets to us here in America and Europe. Their diet also includes a wide range of food prepared in many different culinary styles.
Mexico is known for Tequila, made from agave cactus and is suitable for the climate. Soda is also another popular beverage.
The most popular sport is football (soccer)
Charrería (sort of like a combination of sports but they race) is Mexico's national sport
Baseball is the most popular sport in the northwest and southeast areas
Lucha Libre (a type of professional wrestling)