People and Traditions

Mexico
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Mexican Circuses an Entirely Family Affair star
Circo Hermanos Ayala is run and operated by two brothers who along with their wives and seven children are the entire cast and crew of this 4th generation circus. For forty years this traveling circus has set-up their "big top" and entertained the families of the small Mexican town that I live in.

An Expatriate's Observations of a Mexican Town star
As an American expatriate, I have lived in a small Mexican town for five years. During that time, I have been able to observe many of the peoples' customs, traditions and traits. If one were to draw conclusions, many stereotypes could either be confirmed or dismissed based on those observations.

Carlos Slim The World's Wealthiest Person star
The world's wealthiest person is a North American. However, for the first time in 16 years that title does not go to an American but rather it has been bestowed upon an individual from Mexico, a developing country. Meet Mr. Carlos Slim Helu and the ever-growing financial empire that he has created.

Changing Religion Demographics in Mexico star
Mexico has the world's second highest Catholic population. However, over the last six decades the percentage of Catholics has been decreasing while that of other religious and non-religious groups have been increasing. The author concludes that he hopes Mexico will become more catholic in outlook.

Chapulines the Oaxacan Insect Delicacy star
Highly indigenous Oaxaca in the South Pacific region of Mexico is renowned for many delicacies such as its "seven moles," its chocolate, its cheese, its breads, its pizza-like tlayudas, and its mezcal. It is also nationally and internationally famous for its edible grasshoppers, known as chapulines.

Home Delivery in Small Mexican Towns star
A tradition in many small Mexican towns is the door-to-door and street-by-street provision of various merchandise and services. Such as in our town the home delivery of gas, milk, cheese, chongos, seasonal fruits and vegetables, pastries, sweet breads, pay de queso, tamales, atole, and ice cream.

Home Delivery in Small Mexican Towns star
A tradition in many small Mexican towns is the door-to-door and street-by-street provision of various merchandise and services. Such as in our town the home delivery of gas, milk, cheese, chongos, seasonal fruits and vegetables, pastries, sweet breads, pay de queso, tamales, atole, and ice cream.

Local Inter-City Mexican Bus Trip Observations star
There is much more to do on local inter-city Mexican bus journeys than to just sleep, read and/or look out the windows (cracked or otherwise). As an expatriate or as a tourist, one can observe regional or national Mexican customs, traditions, behavior and culture. All for around $4 round trip.

Mexican Traveling Carnivals star
In Mexico traveling carnivals are very popular, especially in small towns in conjunction with religious fiestas. Where I live, Churintzio, Michoacan, every year there is a carnival during the Fiesta de la Virgen de Guadalupe, December 1-12. Not to be missed are all of the traditional foods!

Mexico's Annually Returning Emigrants star
For most of the year, a high percentage of the picturesque Mexican state of Michoacan's rural villages and towns are semi-deserted. Come every December, the temporary return of the "Northerners" alters the face of those historically economically depressed communities.

Mexico's Secular Easter Holiday Tradition star
Mexico is a country steeped in tradition. Perhaps no more so than during its religious celebrations of Easter. However, for a two week period during the Easter season a more secular tradition is also observed, the Easter vacation. That is not the best time for foreign tourists to visit Mexico.

National Psyche in Free Mexican Wall Calendars star
For the last six years I have been collecting as a separate part of my "Mexican Museum" free calendars distributed by various merchants in my town and elsewhere in Mexico. However, it was only recently did I really discover what they collectively symbolize, the nation's psyche.

Racism in Predominantly Mestizo Mexico star
Mexico is predominantly an ethnically mestizo nation. Yet, historically, being exceedingly skin color conscious,albeit mostly unspoken, the country is victimizing itself, both individually and collectively, by holding on to its racist roots.

Roof Dogs of Mexico star
Our puppy, Little Shu-Shu, chooses to be and is allowed to be a "reclining chair dog." However, in Mexico where we live, many dogs, ostensibly for security purposes, live on top of the roofs of homes and businesses as watch dogs. There is absolutamente nada quaint about this cultural practice!

Tianguis Farmers' Markets Mexican Style star
Dating back to pre-Hispanic Mexico and Central America, tianguis are bazaar-like, open air markets, that in one form or another, occur throughout Mexico's nine regions. Travelers can learn much about the region's people,traditions,culture, foods and products by attending a tianguis.

Time Changes in Mexico star
Mexico as a stereotype is known to traditionally have a very different concept of time compared to the USA and Canada. Is it surprising then that most of the country also officially has different dates to turn ahead and turn back the clocks compared to its North American Trade Agreement partners?

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