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Mexican Culture

Mexico has a rich history in the fields of performing and visual arts and is particularly notable for Mexican cinema, music, folk art and murals.

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Religion & Spirituality
Mexico
Mexican Culture

What religions are practiced in Mexico?

Mexico is a secular country, having no official religion. However, it is Roman Catholic in its majority: Christmas is a national holiday and during Easter most people leave for vacations. Other Catholic religious days such as January 6 (Epiphany) or December 12 (Our Lady of Guadalupe, saint patron of Mexico) are observed by many people.

Following are some estimates for religion practices in Mexico:

  • Roman Catholic: 88% (98.6 million)
  • Pentecostal and Neopentecostal (Protestant): 1.62% (1.8 million)
  • Other Protestant: 2.87% (3.2 million)
  • Jehovah's Witnesses: 1.25 % (2.2 million attendance at just one meeting in 2011)
  • "Historical" Protestants: 0.71% (0.8 million)
  • Seventh-day Adventists: 0.58% (0.6 million)
  • Latter-day Saints Mormons: 0.25% (0.3 million)
  • Jewish: 0.05% (56,000)
  • Other religions (including Islam and Buddhism): 0.31% (0.3 million)
  • Unspecified: 0.85% (0.9 million)
  • Nonreligious: 3.53% (3.95 million)

Note: Because of rounding, percentages may not add up to 100% (or 112 million, the population of Mexico).

Muslims in Mexico:

Islam religion arrived in Mexico with either Lebanese or Syrian immigrants and some other Middle Easterners like Egyptians, Iranians, and Turks. According to the 2010 census conducted by the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI) there were 3,760 Muslims in the country (that means less than 1% of total Mexico population).

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Mayans
Mexican Culture

How do you pronounce chichen itza?

Chi... like Tea

...chen like Ten

It... like Eat

...za like Pizza

(But in Cancun the locals like to call it Chicken Pizza.)

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Mexico
Mexican Culture

What are Mexico traditions customs and beliefs?

Mexico is a very complex country, full of local, regional and national traditions, such as in the United States or any western country for that matter. Mexico is considered to be 'the land of the three cultures' because it is a mix of three of them:

  • The Pre-Columbian culture, when Mexico's territory was home to native American civilizations that lived there until the 15th century. Of special importance are the Aztec and Mayan civilizations and their traditions such as corn planting and all the meals coming from such crop like pozole, tortillas, tamales and the like.
  • The Spanish culture, brought by Spanish conquistadors from 1521 at the Fall of Tenochtitlan until Mexican independence on the 19th century. Traditions include language (Spanish), religion (Roman Catholicism) and many beliefs that became intermixed with the already existent Pre-Columbian culture. Some examples include Dia de los Muertos, the piñatas or the Three Kings Day.
  • The Mexican culture, which includes all traditions specific to Mexico after its independence.

Then, traditions can be classified on two large classes: religious and idiosyncrasy or 'particular behavior' of Mexican people. Some religious traditions include:

  • Dia de los Santos Reyes or Epiphany celebration - is the day when Mexicans exchange Christmas presents.
  • Dia de los muertos / Day of the dead - Mexican holiday that merges Pre-Columbian beliefs and modern Catholicism.
  • Dia de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe / Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe - honoring Mexico's patron saint.

While traditions of general nature, more akin to Mexicans as a group include:

  • Most Mexicans are Catholic and as such, most of them are deeply religious and conservative in character, specially on small towns and villages.
  • Mexicans have a more relaxed sense of time, so arriving 15 minutes later than scheduled is OK with them - not so in business environments when they are the customer, as they could get pretty upset if you arrive late.
  • Many foreigners think Mexico is 'wild country' where no laws are respected; it is a common mistake that often can land you in jail, specially if you are a foreigner.
  • While overt racism is uncommon, one of the inherited traits from Spanish rule is that the 'whiter' a person is, the more power and privileges are associated with him or her.
  • A related cultural conception to this is also the belief that beauty is a product of race, so people with European features can expect a lot of attention. However, people of Asian or African backgrounds can also be expected to receive more attention than when they were back home - specially women, see Machismo.
  • Machismo or male chauvinism is common in small towns and villages, but not so in larger cities. On such places, whistles and inappropriate comments directed to unaccompanied women are common as well.
  • Common meal times are 8:00 AM (breakfast), 2:00 PM (lunch) and 8:00 PM (dinner). In Mexico, the most profligate meal is lunch.
  • The 'siesta' is common on smaller towns and villages. Not so on larger cities, specially those with international populations such as Mexico City, Guadalajara or Monterrey.
  • Most Mexicans are reckless when driving, due to the lack of any proper driving test.
  • Most Mexicans love soccer (called football of 'futbol' outside of the US). And most of them are polarized between the two most popular soccer teams: the 'Guadalajara Chivas' (Guadalajara Goats) and the 'Aguilas del America' (America Eagles) teams.
  • Most Mexicans like maize-made tortillas.
  • Most Mexicans love spicy food, but detest the so-called "Mexican food" found in the US as it is predominantly of Texan origin. It also means no burritos, no chili-con-carne and no sincronizadas nor tortillas made of wheat flour are on traditional meals.
  • Most Mexicans have a love-hate relationship with the United States: they love the huge success and resourcefulness of American people, but hate the US government policies that were used to reach such success: mainly the Mexican-American War lost territories and countless incursions into Mexico by the American military.
  • Most Mexicans are very conservative with traditional values but sympathize with liberal leaders such as JFK or Barack Obama.
  • Topics like sex, politics and anti-church ideas are a huge no-no when talking to a Mexican, unless you are talking to a young Mexican and have a closer relationship with him/her.
  • Most Mexicans have the wrong idea that the US is mainly composed of 'güeritos' ('whitey' people). This also means that many Mexicans are heavily bewildered when African American people ('negritos') travel or work in Mexico (just look at Denzel Washington's adventures in Mexico when filming 'Man on Fire').
  • Most Mexicans have a general opinion on foreign tourists:
    • The young, partying kids known as spring breakers who travel to Mexico for the sake of alcohol, wild sex, and sometimes, drugs. Most Mexicans disapprove such behavior and think of them as reckless, spoiled brats. However, these kids bring dollars to the economy and as such, they are tolerated.
    • The young adults who travel to Mexico looking for relaxation at the many resort cities along the Pacific and Caribbean coasts. These are the bulk of tourists who arrive into Mexico, and are pretty much welcomed.
    • The more mature tourists who try to know more about Mexico and its culture and history, and are often seen on interior cities such as Mexico City, Queretaro or Guanajuato. These tourists are usually more culturally advanced, and they are much more respected by the local population.
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Spain
Mexican Culture

Does Mexican culture originate from Spain?

No. The Spanish language came from Spain as did some of the religion. However, other languages, food, dance, dress, and other religions are from indigenous peoples or imported slaves.

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Mexico
Mexican Culture

What do Mexicans do for fun in Mexico?

The same things Americans do, which mostly depends on their own wealth:

People who stay at home usually watch TV (there is satellite TV as well as cable), or listen to many varieties of Mexican music, such as norteña, cumbia or salsa. Pop and foreign music are also popular, but on a lesser degree and mostly listened to on larger cities. People who have a higher purchasing power and who own a DVD or Blueray, rent movies to watch them -- Blockbuster is still operating in Mexico. Those who own a PC or a SmartTV and Internet connection, surf the Web or watch movies via Netflix and other videostreaming operators.

Youngsters usually play videogames (Xbox and Playstation are popular), but in case their parents don't have money for such amenities, they usually hang out with friends, attend parties or play outdoor sports such as soccer or basketball (see related questions).

Many people relax on open spaces on their free time, such as public parks an plazas. For instance, the Chapultepec Park in Mexico city is very popular, as it has a big Zoo, some child playgrounds, lots of green space and the Castle and Museum at the top of the Chapultepec Hill, in the middle of the park. It also has an artificial lake, where many people rent small paddled boats.

Many others go to the local bazaars (Spanish: mercados sobre ruedas) where they can find cheap clothes, small jewelry or things such as toys, music CDs or handcrafts. Other people go to the malls, just as Americans do. There, they could buy some stuff, see or rent some movies, and eat at the food courts or at the fancier restaurants within the mall complexes. One example of these is the Angelopolis Mall (Centro Comercial Angelopolis) in the City of Puebla.

On small towns, usually on Sundays at the central plaza or zocalo, it is common to find small fairs (Spanish: ferias) where food and small farm products are sold; amusement rides such as Ferris wheels (ruedas de la fortuna), or bumper cars (carritos chocones) are installed.

People with more money on their pockets could travel to other cities to visit relatives and/or look for the local amenities. They usually travel by car, but bus and airplane are also common. Many people travel across federal roads or highways, just as many Americans do, visiting small towns and eating or staying the night at the local inn (Spanish: posada).

People with even more money could go to resort cities, such as Cuernavaca, Veracruz or Acapulco, where beaches, pools and night life are the main attraction; conversely, many people from smaller cities go to the larger ones (Tijuana, Mexico City, Monterrey) for their night life, enjoying bars and clubs. People with higher purchasing power go to more expensive cities such as Los Cabos, Cancun or the Mayan Riviera, and even some leave the country for places like Orlando (Florida), Cuba or Europe.

There are of course many other attractions, which would include theaters, movie theaters, circus, libraries, cafes and many more that are common to any Western country.

See the related links section for some examples of these amenities in Mexico.

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English to Spanish
Spanish to English
Mexican Culture

What does the Spanish word serape mean in English?

Serape is like a poncho--a cloth worn in Mexico.

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Birds
Aztecs
Mexican Culture

How do you say bird in Nahuatl?

How doyou say angry bird in nahuatl

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Frida Kahlo
Mexican Culture

Why did frida kahlo have a unibrow?

Frida Kahlo was born a man whose hair grew upside down, so she had a mustache above her eyes and eyebrows under her nose

LOL at the previous answer

no that isn't correct she just didn't want to change her looks.

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Clothing
Mexico
Mexican Culture

What kind of clothes do Mexicans wear?

Mexican people usually wear the same clothes Americans do, specially among big cities like Mexico City, Guadalajara or Monterrey. These include shirts, blouses and t-shirts, khakis or jeans, skirts and tennis shoes or formal footwear. In business environments, suit and tie are also common, but in cities with warmer climates like Monterrey (24-28 °C / 75-83 °F), those suits are made of light cotton or jute (see related links), which are much fresher than standard cotton or wool suits. Rural people wear cotton shirts and pants; sometimes they use Texan hats but caps are much more common. No sombreros or ponchos at all.

On special occasions such as festivals and patron saint festivities, there are many typical dresses depending on the region: for Jalisco and the so-called "Bajio" region, it is not uncommon to see people dressed as mariachis; in southern Mexico you can find women wearing the so-called huipil or tehuana dresses - there are examples of such dresses in the related links section. Many people in the northern regions wear jeans, Texan hats and boots, like many south western Americans do. On the southeastern Yucatan peninsula, the "Mexican wedding shirt" or guayabera is very common.

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Virgin Mary
Mexican Culture

Is Our Lady of Guadalupe also Mary the mother of Jesus?

According to the Guadalupe tradition, a poor Indian named Juan Diego saw a vision of the Virgin Mary on 9 December 1531, at the place in Tepeyac where there had been a temple of Tonantzin, 'Mother of the Gods'. She asked him to have a chapel built there in her honour. In 1648 a book about the vision and the image that appeared on the peasant's cloak was written by a priest named Miguel Sanchez. If the book was actually based on what Father Sanchez believed to to have occurred a little over a hundred years earlier, then Our Lady of Guadalupe may well be the same as Mary.

For more information, please visit: http://christianity.answers.com/catholicism/visions-of-the-virgin-mary

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Mexican Culture

What does cale del norte mean?

Nortenos are a Latino (mostly Mexican) gang that is under the Blood Alliance. They flag their two main colors red & white to the right side of their back pocket & their main rivals are gangs under the Mexican Mafia like Surenos, Eighteen Street & MS-13 just to name a few. Other rivals include Crips, Hoover Criminals & any gang who goes against Bloods.

All that matters is that end part where it say NORTE!!!!! ene gang x4 Blood love B^ N^

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Santana (musician)
Mexican Culture

Where does carlos Santana live?

Las Vegas, Nevada

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Beyonce
Frida Kahlo
Mexican Culture

Is Beyonce related to Frida Kahlo?

No

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Arts and Crafts
Artists and Painters
Mexican Culture
Diego Rivera

What country was Diego Rivera from?

Mexico

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Celebrity Births Deaths and Ages
Frida Kahlo
Mexican Culture

When did Frida Kahlo die?

Frida Kahlo died on July 13, 1954 at the age of 47.

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Santana (musician)
Mexican Culture

Which Carlos Santana recording is used in the M S advert?

The track is Samba Pa Ti which is off the 1970's album 'Abraxas' by Santana. www.bebo.com/meanratio

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Santana (musician)
Mexican Culture

Is Carlos Santana an entrepreneur Which job opportunities has he begin?

yes. carlos Santana is an entrepreneur. he creates shoes and handbags

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Local Laws
Federal Laws
Mexican Culture

Who is stronger surenos or nortenos?

To be exact Im a police officer James C. ltt. Surenos are more stronger in the South because there isn't any Nortenos.In the North Surenos and Nortenos Are equal there is many of Surenos all over the Bay they have done drive-bys,Stabbings,Taggings,Raiding house's,Theft,Raping,and Drug dealing.Nortenos have many members as well,but they are not as active as the Surenos.The Nortenos have done stabbings,taggings,theft,and jumping rival gangs and drug dealing,so the answer is Surenos are more stronger than Nortenos.

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Mexican Culture

How do you join the nortenos?

U gotta get put on the set by initiation.

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Translations
Mexico
Aztecs
Mexican Culture

How do you say i love you in Nahuatl?

I love you = Nimitztlazohtla, Nimitznequi

(Either one will work)

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Los Angeles
Mexican Culture

Are nortenos in Los Angeles?

No. Norteno is spanish for "Northerner" who represent Northern California, they opposite the Sureno's which is spanish for "Southerner". There are Sureno gangs in Northern California but no Norteno gangs in Southern California. When you get locked up you eother claim to be a resident or a banger, if you're a banger then you either claim South Side or North Side. If you are neutral you just say "I am a resident from Los Angeles."

There are NO norteno varrio's in Los Angeles and/or Southern California

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Frida Kahlo
Mexican Culture

What was Diego rivera's nickname for frida kahlo?

honey

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Frida Kahlo
Mexican Culture

What year was the two fridas painted by Frida Kahlo?

The "Two Fridas" painting was painted in 193.

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Celebrity Births Deaths and Ages
Mexican Culture

How old is Venustiano Carranza?

Venustiano Carranza was born on December 29, 1859 and died on May 21, 1920. Venustiano Carranza would have been 60 years old at the time of death or 155 years old today.

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