When you first hear about Mexico the first things that cross through our minds is Mexicans, Spanish, tacos, spicy food, or illegal aliens. We ignore the fact that it is a country that has its history and beautiful places like any other country in this world. In this course I have learned a little of my origins and culture. I am a Mexican- American raised here in the United States, but honestly did not know much of Mexico. However, in this course I have learned about the culture and the story behind many of the habits that were initiated back then and still existing up to this date in many of Mexican people.
The main holidays of Mexico are the Day of the Dead, Guadalupe Day, Dia de Los Tres Reyes Magos(The Three Kings Day), Cinco de Mayo, Mexico’s Independence Day, and Christmas. The Day of the Dead is a holiday similar to halloween, but the Mexicans people celebrate the holiday for remembering and honoring your ancestors and loved ones who have died (Stuart 189). Guadalupe Day is a holiday in which mexicans celebrate and worship the Virgin Guadalupe. The holiday is meant to show how much faith you have in the religion. During this day many people do a pilgrimage towards the church on their knees to worship the Virgin of Guadalupe in the church (Stuart 184). The Three Kings Day is a holiday where children receive gifts. This holiday is also based on a religious story, in where The Three Kings go travel far to bear gifts for baby Jesus (Stein 94). In May fifth, Mexico celebrates el Cinco de Mayo, a day where Mexico commemorates their victory over the French militia in the Battle of Puebla. It is mistaken for the independence of Mexico and is mainly celebrated in the United States (Metzger). Mexico’s Independence Day is a day in where Mexicans celebrate the day they became independent from Spain. Christmas is a huge holiday in Mexico as well, where families gather and feast for three days
In the Mexican way of life, family is very imprtant. Traditional values, mexican culture and customs and family are the main focus of many homes throughout Mexico. Most Mexican women do not have jobs outside of the home because it is considered non traditional. One unusual Mexican custom is known as Day of the Dead. On this day, many Mexicans believe that their recently deceased relatives will return home. On November 1st of each year, family members whom believe, gather at their loved ones grave site and have food and drink and celebrate with the dead.
The purpose of this paper is to provide in-depth information about Mexico’s economy, government, military, religion, and historical events that shaped the country. Mexico is located north of the United States; it borders the Caribbean Sea and the gulf of New Mexico. The total area is equal to 1,972,550 sq km; land taking up 1,923040 sq km and water taking up 49,510 sq km. Mexico gained itself independence on 16 September 1810, making their national holiday being that date. The Mexican flag has three equal vertical bands of green white, and red; the coat of arms is in the middle of the white band.
Overall, Mexico has had many important people and events that have influenced what it is today. Mexico has had some struggles and still has some but they find ways to sort it out. Even though looking through their history, it’s been mainly through battle. But Mexico has had many brave people who have fought for their country and those people have made Mexico the way it is.
United States and Mexico has a lot of differences and similarities between the two cultures. United States is different from Mexico because in Mexico the epidemics of obesity in adults are growing at a faster rate and has surpassed the United States. In Mexico the health condition rates are 32.8% compare to United States 31.8% of people who are overweight. One of the biggest problems with Mexico’s obesity rates comes from their “traditional high calorie foods that are fatty and fried.” (Grillo, I. 2009, August 29). Mexico consumes more “Coca Cola products than anywhere else in world. There are a total of 635 eight ounces a bottle per person each year.” (Grillo, I. 2009, August 29). Most citizens in Mexico said that “in many villages...
Mexico is one of the most interesting countries in our world today; from the land features such as the high plateau and the mountain chains, to the culture that the people of Mexico practice in their every day lives. The connection between both physical and human geography in Mexico, run hand in hand together. Therefore, in this paper, I will be identifying the different aspects of both physical and human geographical ideas and practices, that Mexico possesses.
By far, the biggest difference is the way the two countries celebrate. While both countries celebrate with fireworks and parades, Mexicans have one special event.
Mexico is the northernmost country of Latin America. It lies just south of the United States. The Rio Grande forms about two-thirds of the boundary between Mexico and the United States. Among all the countries of the Western Hemisphere, only the United States and Brazil have more people than Mexico. Mexico City is the capital and largest city of Mexico. It also is one of the world's largest metropolitan areas in population.
When we hear discussions or read articles about drug wars, killings, and illegal immigration into the United States, many of us immediately think of Mexico. As a nation, Mexico is a much greater country than these commonly referred to issues. Mexico is a country with a broad history, deep family culture, and an economy fueled by oil and tourism. The United States Department of State (USDS) offers a broad range of information on countries outside the US, including Mexico. I found a wealth of information about Mexico through the USDS Background Note provided on their website located at www.state.gov. I will outline for you the key information found in this report, and others, related to the Mexican economy, culture, and more.
Mexicans don’t view death as the end of life. One tradition that shows this is Day of the Dead. Mexicans believe that on the Day of the Dead(November 1-2) the dead can visit the living and they can talk with them. Although they do mourn the dead, it is a festive occasion filled with food such as pan de muerto(a sweet bread in the shape of a skull) and tequila.