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Alebrijes: Oaxacan Wood Carvings

The artistic process and techniques used in the creation of these captivating  wooden Alebrijes. Alebrijes are carved wooden figures created by Oaxacan artisans. They have become so popular that even the world’s most respected Spanish language authority, the La Real Academia de la Lengua Esp... Read More

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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 prayers, small sacrifices of our favorite things , and persona... Read More

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December 28 April Fools in Mexico

The Day of the Holy Innocents (Día de los Santos Inocentes), on December 28, commemorates the biblical story of King Herod’s orders to execute male babies in Bethlehem in order to kill baby Jesus. In Mexico as in all Latin countries people play jokes and pranks to trick friends and family ... Read More

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New Year’s Rituals in Mexico Bring Good Luck, Health & Prosperity

*Spanish With the arrival of a new year in Mexico, hopes for better times also arrive. In the Mexican culture, so full of traditions, year-end rituals are an important part of popular belief for finding love, money, good luck and hey, why not? - even winning a new car.  There are ... Read More

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Tamales Recipe

Ingredients 24 Tamales 2 dozen dried cornhusks (can be substituted with 8" X 4" sheets of kitchen parchment) 2 cups. masa harina (corn flour) ⅓ cup lard (can be substituted with margarine or unsalted butter) 1½ tsp baking powder 1½ tsp salt 1½ cups warm stock Soak cornhu... Read More

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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 her flowers and food, is completely transformed.  ... Read More
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