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  Holidays

Mexican Independence Day 16 de Septiembre:

2010 was the year of the Bicentennial Celebrations in Mexico. This wonderful country commemorated   200 years of Independence  from Spanish rule and 100 years of  its Revolution that began in 1910 and toppled dictator Porfirio Diaz. El Grito every 16th of September is the Mexican Fiesta par excellence! On this… Read More

  HEROES & HEROINES

Don Miguel Hidalgo: Father of Our Independence

Father of Mexico’s Independence by Angie Galicia Late one September evening the name of Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla became forever engraved in Mexico’s history.  Since that night, his life as well as that of Mexico, changed radically. Before that historic moment when… Read More

  Arts

Frida Kahlo Viva la Vida

For Frida, her paintings were not a representation of dreams but a way to cope with the reality of life. She told her story from her own point of view and through the pain and passion of her experiences.

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  Culture & Traditions

Pastel de las Tres Leches

In recent times the Tres Leches cake or Pastel de las Tres Leches became one of the most popular Mexican Desserts.  It is a sponge cake in many recipes, or a butter cake, soaked in three kinds of milk (thus the name… Read More

  Culture & Traditions

El Español: The History of the Spanish Language

Spanish is spoken by close to 400 million people throughout 19 million square kilometers, and it constitutes the fourth most frequently spoken language in the world. 1492 when, coincidentally, the first Grammar of the Castillian… destiny for the Spanish language to reach our continent along with Columbus. Continue reading

  Arts

The Carnivals of Mexico

Life is a carnival and we must keep singing… by Oscar Guzmán One of the most important times of the Catholic calendar is almost upon us: Lent. Beginning on Ash Wednesday, Catholics begin to prepare for the Easter celebration with… Read More

  Culture & Traditions

  Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo

by May Herz ¡Viva México! ¡Viva México! ¡Viva México! Mexicans are truly festive; any excuse gives way for a celebration! But the most important and exciting are the 16th of September, Independence Day and Cinco de Mayo, the Fifth of… Read More

  Cinco de Mayo

General Ignacio Zaragoza: Cinco de Mayo Hero

Spanish Cinco de Mayo Hero When “Cinco de Mayo” is mentioned in Mexico, one of the most symbolic battles in the Mexican collective unconscious immediately comes to mind: the Battle of Puebla. General Ignacio Zaragoza, with only a small army,… Read More

  Culture & Traditions

Mexican Mother’s Day

The two most important celebrations in Mexico are December 12 celebrating Our Lady of Guadalupe and May 10 Mother’s Day in Mexico. In a sense, both dates celebrate mothers and show the importance of mothers in the Mexican Culture. Continue reading

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