Tuesday, August 11, 2015

~Mexico Week~ Day 5: Demographics, National Symbols, and Weather

Last post: Customs and Holidays

We have been very preoccupied the last few days so this post is a bit late...sorry!!!! Been dealing with some stuff and got behind a tad but here is the last post for Mexican Week!

Mexico is almost three times the size of Texas coming in at around 758,449 square miles. The population is around 120,286,655. The most populated city in Mexico is its capital Mexico City...no surprise there, right?The main language spoken in Mexico is Spanish but they also have some areas of this country where native tongues, for certain regions, are used. The Mexican Peso is this countries currency and 1 peso equals about $0.61 cents in US dollars.The Mexican government has an executive, legislative, and judicial branch this makes their federal government very similar to America. They even have a President acting as head of state.

As with quite a lot of countries, Mexico values the eagle as a strong symbol. Its coat of arms features a golden eagle a top a prickly cactus while devouring a snake. This can be seen in many different lights. It can be seen as a fight between good and evil, something of religious connotations for the local people, or even a battle to balance while conflict occurs. Whatever the ideology behind the making of this symbol it is used as the coat of arms for the Mexican government, it has been placed upon the flag, and has even been used on currency.

The other national symbol is of course the Mexican Flag. Seri has drawn a picture as always. This time was not so easy due to the coat of arms being quite detailed but she tried her best. :)

As with most countries with different regions and landscapes, Mexico also encounters different weather condition based on locations. Some areas can be dry and humid, others may be frigid and cold, while some stay mild all year long. Unlike the U.S., Mexico has a different kind of status when it comes to "seasons". Mexico has two main seasons, rainy season and not rainy season. During rainy season there is an over abundance of precipitation and during the non rainy seasons it hardly rains at all! Mexico has quite a few natural disasters that impact their cities but the most prevalent one is the hurricane. Surrounded on both sides by oceans, the Pacific and Atlantic, the shorelines get hurricanes thrust upon them very frequently. Here is a few videos to show the impact of these events.

Finally we have finished up our Mexico Week. Thanks for learning with us! Next up, when we get to it, is South Korea!