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About May Herz

  Christmas Navidad

Noche Buena Christmas in Mexico

  What a wonderful season December is in Mexico: Piñatas, Pastorelas, Posadas…. We have just finished the Día de Muertos festivities, and now the market where I usually shop, and where the famous painter Frida Kahlo also used to get… Read More

  Holidays

The Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Before the Christmas season “officially” begins on December 16, day when the first Posada takes place, Mexicans join together for the festivities of La Virgen de Guadalupe, Our Lady of Guadalupe, on December 12. This is one of the most important dates in… Read More

  Christmas Navidad

Las Pastorelas A Centuries Old Christmas Tradition

Spanish In Mexico, Christmas is the best season of the year. With the fiesta-loving, lively nature that sets us apart, we Mexicans have styled this religious celebration very much in our own fashion. So much so that perhaps no where… Read More

  Christmas Navidad

Traditional Christmas Recipes

Atole   Atole, word that comes from the Aztec -Nahuatl atolli… Read More   Buñuelos de Navidad -Christmas Sweet Fritters Boil one tablespoon anisette in a cup of water and leave to cool. Mix.. Read More   Chocolate Caliente Heat  milk over medium flame…. Read More

  Arts

The Piñata

Spanish When the first missionaries arrived in Mexico, they were faced with a very different way of life than the one they were used to.  The conquest meant not only taking over territories that had recently been discovered as America, but… Read More

  Culture & Traditions

Day of the Dead El Dia de Muertos

Day of the Dead: Celebration, History & Origins From the beginning of time, man has felt the need to explain the mystery of life and death. Many civilizations and cultures have created rituals to try and give meaning to human… Read More

  Culture & Traditions

Pan de Muerto ~ Day of the Dead Bread

Ingredients1½ cups Flour  ½ cups Sugar 1t Salt 2 Packets Dry Yeast 1t Anis Seed ½ cup Milk½ cup Water½ cup Butter4  Eggs 4½ cups Flour Instructions   Mix all dry ingredients together except the 4 1/2 cups of flour   In a small pan, heat the milk, the water, and the butter. Add the liquid… Read More

  Day of the Dead

  Day of the Dead

  Culture & Traditions

The Day of the Dead Ofrenda A Work of Love and Tradition

Ofrendas are an essential part of the Day of the Dead celebrations. The word ofrenda means offering in Spanish. They are also called altares or altars, but they are not for worship.   Some people mistakenly think that Mexicans that set up ofrendas for their defunct… Read More

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