Saturday, August 8, 2015

~Mexico Week~ Day 4: Customs and Holidays

Yesterday: Food and Fashion

Today we are learning about Mexican customs, traditions, and holidays. Mexico has a rich cultural heritage with many unique traditions and holidays. The Mexican people are very diverse having multiple cultures coming together and interacting in their society. Some of the most known customs and traditions for this society relate to the Mexican people's devotion to family and religion.

Hosting get togethers for family and extended friends is a big part of Mexican culture, as well as, making sure everyone feels welcome and comfortable. The needs of the family always come first over the individuals wants in Mexican family units and there is usually a lot of family to accommodate. No matter the burden or difficulty, Mexican families stick together and do everything for one another. It is a very beautiful thing, in my opinion. Here in America we sometimes have this dynamic but sometimes families are fractured and distant with one another. It is interesting to me how different cultures can truly be yet also similar in many ways.

There are many holidays in Mexico.There is the Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos) on November 2nd, which celebrates and honors those that have passed away. They also celebrate their own Independence Day on September 16th, not unlike how American's do, with fireworks and celebrations lasting all night long. Lastly there is Navidad, which is Christmas in Mexico. The Mexican people are highly religious and Christmas is just as important to them as it is to us.

Here are a few videos showcasing Mexican Culture and Holidays:

Tomorrow we finish things up with Demographics, National Symbols, and Weather.

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