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National traditions of Mexico. Habits, mentality and the way of living

Mexico is a country of noisy sparkling fun that permeates all the colorful Mexican culture. Often right on the city streets, you can meet "mariachis" - groups of musicians wearing large sombreros, black trousers, and high-heeled boots and playing guitars and trumpets. They are also indispensable participants of absolutely all holidays and public festivities. Mexicans are very fond of cockfights, bullfights, horse racing - in a word, everything that stirs the blood. Tips are usually given for almost any service - typically 10%. Most of the waiters and guides are men. In Mexico, bathrooms are usually very clean but paid - at least 5 pesos.
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Mexicans usually eat three times a day, while breakfast is the most hearty meal. They love spicy and sweet food, can eat cucumbers with fruits and a lot of fast food. Being at least half an hour late for a formal or informal meeting is the norm in Mexico. Latecomers rarely consider it their duty to warn others about the delay. Across the country, one can often see locals swimming in their clothes. In Mexico, it is not customary to keep one's emotions in check; men and women in love walk through the streets holding each other's hands, kissing and hugging.
Gender roles in Mexico are very clear. Since childhood, women are taught to be soft and docile, and men - to dominate. Men flirt by shouting and whistling to women they like. But if a man seriously likes a woman, he treats her with respect, gives flowers, pays for dinner. Thus, a Mexican woman going on a date with a foreigner can be insulted by the proposal to split the bill in half. Although in recent years young people have become much more progressive in terms of gender roles, traditions are still strong. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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Many Mexicans cannot say no. This may cause some problems: for example, if you ask a local resident who does not know the address, he'll try to invent the route instead of saying that he does not know the right way. Therefore, it is better to ask the way from a few Mexicans you meet. Another example: A Mexican is unlikely to say that he cannot be present at the event when his friends invite him; instead, he promises to be there in order not to upset his friends. There is another aspect: the one invited to a party can come with a big company of friends without warning about it.
Mexicans consider red-haired people to be a kind of talismans that attract good luck, so a kind of competition is common here: the one who pinches one's friend first at the sight of a red man will be lucky. Mexicans like to praise their country and everything related to it in front of foreigners and do not tolerate criticism. Mexicans are collectivists rather than individualists. Family comes first for every Mexican, birthdays are celebrated only in a large family circle. In general, family members are the best friends of any Mexican, as well as family members of friends. When somebody's relative dies, all friends consider it their duty to visit and support the mourner. And on birthdays, heroes of the day always get pie in the face.
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Another interesting tradition is the formality of greeting and saying goodbye to friends. Mexicans will hug and shake hand with every good friend met, repeating the same at parting. The same tradition applies to relatives. Women usually shake hands when they meet, while good friends kiss each other on one cheek. Familiar men and women can hug each other at the meeting. Most Mexicans are constantly holding their phones. Even dining with friends they do not turn off the sound and put the phone on the table to be ready to answer every message or call.
During the conversation, Mexicans usually stand close to interlocutors. One should not move away - it is considered rude and shows unwillingness to communicate. Interlocutors of the opposite sex touch each other slightly during a conversation. In cities, it is considered normal to look at the people's eyes, but in rural areas, it may seem a sign of disrespect. If a child is looking into the parent's eyes while being scolded, this is regarded as disrespect and disobedience.
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Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas in Mexico
♥   Catedral de San José, Tapachula. On the map   Photos
♥   Catedral de Santo Domingo, Santo Domingo Tehuantepec. On the map   Photos
♥   Catedral de San Cristóbal, San Cristóbal de las Casas. On the map   Photos
♥   Catedral de San Marcos, Tuxtla Gutiérrez. On the map   Photos
♥   Catedral Nuestra Señora de la Soledad, Acapulco. On the map   Photos
♥   Catedral de San Pedro y San Pablo, San Pedro y San Pablo Ayutla. On the map   Photos
♥   Catedral Metropolitana de Nuestra Señora de la Asunción, Oaxaca. On the map   Photos
Map of all castles
Castles of Mexico
♥   Castle 'Palace of Cortés' Cuernavaca. On the map   Photos
♥   Castle 'San Juan de Ulúa' Veracruz. On the map   Photos
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Unique traditions in cities of Mexico

Mexico City
National holidays are worth a separate article. In winter in the city is organized Jazz Festival. The event always attracts many tourists and fans of this musical direction. Early March is the time for a carnival. This is a bright and magical show full of colorful parades and festivities. The reason for the celebration is Independence Day. On this holiday all the central streets and squares are transformed into large fairs. It seems that on this day all residents of the city gather near the … Read more
Cancun
Patriotism and family values are very widespread in Mexico, so be prepared to hear how locals praise their home country. Gossips about well-known and little-known people are also not rare. Take into consideration the short temper of local people and try to refrain from critical exclamations about the country, traditions in Mexican families, and, in particular, about abortions. Many local people do not approve of this medical procedure, and abortions are even prohibited in some parts of the … Read more
Guadalajara
The city often hosts a rodeo called "charreada" - an incredible and exciting entertainment that attracts not only locals but also tourists. It should be noted that bullfighting is considered one of the most popular forms of entertainment for local residents, so many national souvenirs are directly related to it. Simply each gift shop offers customers to purchase a cowboy outfit - belts with beautiful buckles, boots and hats. During a year Guadalajara hosts a lot of interesting events, the most … Read more
Acapulco
Residents of Acapulco are distinguished by amazing set talents: they are great dancers, musicians, singers and even acrobats. Locals are friendly and gladly demonstrate their skills to tourists and will appreciate if you admire their creativity and share a festive mood. Shortly, do not hesitate and start dancing, singing together with them! Despite the love for celebrations, the residents of Acapulco know the measures for alcoholic beverages. The appearance in a public place in a state of … Read more
Monterrey
As many centuries ago so now the city folk organizes spectacular city festivals which at best perform the traditions and customs of the people. The first thing most travelers arrived at Monterrey notice is dazzling, kindly smile with which the local people meet a traveler and start every chat. The greeting is the same important identifying feature of locals – to greet a stranger on entering public establishments or getting on transport is a common practice. Following a chat of old friends … Read more
Merida
Preparations for the event that lasts several weeks is carried out throughout the year. Artists and folklore groups are invited, and the main symbol of the holiday is exciting costume parades. Locals make amazing costumes for the carnival on their own. Both adults and children take part in the processions. A car parade is also held as part of the modern carnival, thus marking the opening of the multi-week event. The traditional carnival has an unusual symbol - King Mom, whose coronation … Read more
Cozumel
The islanders are distinguished by a deep sense of patriotism, which is peculiar to people of different ages. All national holidays are celebrated here on a grand scale and important historical dates are treated with great respect. One of the interesting features of Cozumel residents is an open and sincere smile, which never leaves their faces. Tourists may find this kind of behavior quite unusual, as almost every conversation here is accompanied by a wide smile. This feature is especially … Read more
Villahermosa
Villahermosa residents often smile, and this is probably the secret of their love for life. It is customary to smile at everyone - even random passers-by. Well, in response, of course, they want to see the same smile - sincere and good-natured. They are also characterized by tolerance for everything unusual. This is reflected in the fact that if someone wants to dress or put on makeup in a non-standard way (of course, within the bounds of decency), locals accept it without any questions. You … Read more

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