- Indigenous and Hispanic traditions
- Folkloric dances and music
- Roman Catholic religion and celebrations
- Bull and cock fights
- Families are highly valued
There are many customs and traditions attributed to Mexican culture, which are especially evident during the many festivities and celebrations. Many have evolved during the years but still have their roots in times long gone by of the Aztecs and Mayas and also of Iberian influences.
- Mexican folk dancing and music is an art form that has been kept very much alive to this day and varies slightly from region to region. The music groups that are so well known around the world and immediately associated to Mexico are the ever popular Mariachi bands.
- The Roman Catholic religion is very much a central part of life for many Mexicans, since colonial times when it was introduced to the region by the Spanish conquistadors. This is evident in the many religious festivals, parades and celebrations that are held in honor of the Madonna and patron saints.
- Bullfighting in Mexico is also an extremely popular pastime– undoubtedly one of Spain’s most recognized cultural features, it was brought out to the Americas and took hold in Mexico. This old art form is becoming more and more controversial as many animal rights groups speak out against it. Nevertheless, the bull fights never fail to draw large crowds. Cockfighting is another popular (and legal) pastime here.
- Mealtimes are important to Mexicans. Eating is not only about the delicious dishes typical of Spain but also about socializing – a great way to get together with family and friends and enjoy their company. In Mexico, friends and family always come first.
As time goes by and the ways of the globalized world influence individual societies, certain traditions are left aside. This has happened to the siesta, which has been phased out in the daily routines of those living in the big cities. In country towns and villages however, people generally close up shops for a few hours after lunch to rest during the hottest and drowsiest hours.
Get to know the traditions and customs of this culturally rich country by joining a Spanish Language Course in Mexico.