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Transcript of Mexican culture
Food is one of the most importain parts of the meican culture. Mexican people pride themselves on using natural and local ingredients such as corn. Corn is one of the main staples used in their food. Mexican people are known for using many herbs and spices to add flavor to their food. Common Mexican foods we see in America are guacamole, enchiladas, and empanadas.
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Cinco De Mayo (May 5th) is a mexican holiday that seems to increase popularity each year in the United States. Today Cinco De Mayo is celebrated more enthusiastically here in the United States than in Mexico. It has become a celebration of independence, liberty and freedom, ideas which unite the people of both countries.
In the mexican culture family is very important. Most people live in household with extended family such as cousins, aunts, uncles, and grandparents. Men tend to have the control over the household. Even though mexican culture is very different from ours they are starting to be more and more like the american culture. Many people are starting to live by themselves or living with just the intermediate family.
Every 16th of September, Mexicans celebrate Mexico's independence from spanish rule called El Grito de Independencia. The date marks the start of the Independence War, which lasted for 10 years.
Mexico is known for loving parties, so weddings are great occasions to celebrate and enjoy each others company. The main religious faith is Roman Catholic so most weddings are held in a church. Some regions don't recognize the religious ceremony as an official wedding so a legal wedding takes place before/after the religious one. The ceremony consists of a church service, the bride walking down the aisle, the bride and groom exchanging vows, and then a reception.
Los Dias de Los Muertos means day of the dead, but it is really a mexican celebration of both life and death. Held on November 1st and 2nd, people who celebrate honor the spirits of family ancestors. Altars are built, and then covered with food and decorations. Cemeteries are decorated with fresh flowers, also they celebrate through music and feasting.
Housing in Mexico very by region. There are apartments, modern homes, and luxurious resorts. There are more modest homes in villages and small towns. Most small towns are built around central markets. Many houses are decorated with hand painted tiles and bright colors.
Las Posadas starts on the 16th of Decemeber and continues the next 9 nights. There is candlelit processions, and festive parties, participants remember the journey that Mary and Joseph on their search for lodging in Bethlehem.
There are many different languages spoken in mexico, but a huge majority are fluent in spanish.
In major Mexican cities the clothing doesn't have a huge difference from ours today. In big cities mexicans wear loud colored t-shirts and jeans. Alot changes when we get out of the main cities and into the small towns, you see a more "native" type of clothing, shown by many different colors.
The people of Mexico typically enjoy the same sports we do, however some are more popular than others. By far the most popular sport in Mexico is Futbol (Soccer). Other popular sports include boxing, basketball, baseball, and American football. Bull fighting could be found as a somewhat common sport in Mexico, since it is legal. Thousands of bull fighting events occur annually in Mexico and it attracts many tourists. Mexico also has the largest bullring in the world, located in Mexico City.
Roman Catholic makes up 89% of Mexico's population, but the percentage is starting to decline. Protestants make up the remaining religious groups along with Jews, Muslims, and Buddhists. Religious life in Mexico can be very complex due to their religious and historical past.
By: Summer Bess, Jill Oldham, Jackson Mason and Sophie Schulz.
1. Compare Mexican Holidays to American Holidays.
2. What surprised you most about Mexian Culture?
3. What traditions are similar between American and Mexican Culture?
Mariachi bands have been around for over 150
years. Mariachi bands mainly play at weddings, funerals, and important birthday parties. mariachi bands have transformed the mexican traditions since the bands have started to play.
The usual Mariachi bands consist of one guitar 1 trumpets 2 violins and a chelo. all of these instruments together sound like a perfect harmony.
Mexican traditions show that being in a Mariachi band increase your morals and when a Mariachi band plays they will get payed thousands upon thousands of pesos.
Today the Mariachi band is viewed more as a celebraton. so they will most likely play at weddings, birthdays, anniversarys, and sometimes funerals.
View of Nature
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The traditional mexican people have always worshiped the animals and the plants that surround them. The natvive mexican people only killed animals when they needed to. and they would portion out their servings. and they would use herbal enviornment for medicine.
The Mexican people would always throw a ceremony if they were to kill a bison or a deer, they always wanted to "pay respect to their nature"
and the Mexican people would always use every single part of the animal
When the Mexicans would use plants to heal people they would always make sure to go deep into the wilderness to get the medicine. they beleived that if they got medicine that was produced on a farm than the person would not get healed as well nor as quick.