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.
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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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.
Asked in 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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Asked in 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.
Asked in Virgin Mary, Mexican Culture
Is Our Lady of Guadalupe also Mary the mother of Jesus?
Asked in 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^
Asked in Santana (musician), Mexican Culture
Which Carlos Santana recording is used in the M S advert?
Asked in Santana (musician), Mexican Culture
Is Carlos Santana an entrepreneur Which job opportunities has he begin?
Asked in 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
Asked in Frida Kahlo, Mexican Culture
What year was the two fridas painted by Frida Kahlo?
Asked in Holidays and Traditions, History of Central America, Spanish Language and Culture, Mexican Culture
How did day of the dead start?
Day of the Dead, Dia de los Muertos, started about 3000 years ago. The indigenous people of what is now known today as Mexico, where interrupted by the Spiniards in a ritual thet were practicing. The Spiniards noticed they seemed to be mocking the dead. Then about 500 years ago, the Spanish Conquest brought together the indigenous and Catholic beliefs.
Does la Llorona exist?
Asked in Fables and Folklore, Aztecs, Mexican Culture
What is the Aztec myth la llorona?
Once there was a widow who wished to marry a rich nobleman. However, the nobleman did not want to raise another man's children and he dismissed her. The widow was determined to have the nobleman for her own, so the widow drowned her children to be free of them. When she told the nobleman what she had done, he was horrified and would have nothing more to do with her. As she left him, the widow was overcome by the terrible crime she had committed and went to the river, looking for her children. But they were gone. She drowned herself and her spirit was condemned to wander the waterways, weeping and searching for her children until the end of time.