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Nacimientos: A Christmas Tradition

Nacimientos made of wood, pottery, everlasting flowers, fruits, basketry, glass, wax or tinplate, Mexican nativity scenes possess a charm all their own. Although the custom of putting up a Christmas tree has become very popular, the real Mexican tradition consists of setting up a nativity scen... 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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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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Candlemass Day February 2 The End of The Christmas Season

The Christmas Season in Mexico ends on el Día de la Candelaria, Candlemass Day, celebrated every February 2.    Candlemas commemorates the ritual purification of Mary, 40 days after the birth of Jesus' birth. This day also celebrates the ritual presentation of baby Jesus to God in the T... Read More

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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 it was also the imposition of a language, Spanish customs... Read More

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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 else in the world do so many traditions exist to celebrate it, fro... Read More
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