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Snapshot of Mexico – Spanish is the official language of Mexico. Mexico is an ethnically diverse country, with many people being descendents from both indigenous groups and European immigrants, though the southern part of the country has significantly higher levels of indigenous peoples than other areas. These southern and central regions are also home to several indigenous languages, such as Nahuatl and Yukatek Maya. Over 80% of Mexico’s population belongs to the Roman Catholic church, with attendance rates at about 47%. Many Mexican towns and cities have their own patron saints, which are celebrated with yearly feasts. Both Spanish and indigenous influences can be seen in art, architecture, and music. Mariachi performing groups (bands using singers, guitars, trumpets, and other instruments) regularly perform at festivals and restaurants, and many folk dances and traditional music are still practiced. Rock, pop, and other music styles such as norteña and ranchera are popular today. Soccer is the most popular sport in Mexico, though baseball is also popular. Lucha libre wrestling and bullfighting are also popular events. Mexican cuisine is based on the staples of corn, beans, and chili peppers, often used with meat, cheese, and other herbs and spices. Traditionally, the main meal is eaten during the afternoon. A soup is served first, followed by a meat dish with sauce and salsa, along with tortillas and beans. Street vendors are also quite popular, selling tacos, quesadillas, tortas, roasted chicken, and other dishes. Bacon-wrapped hot dogs are another popular street vendor food. Cuisine varies in different regions, with flour tortillas, burritos, cheese, and beef being more popular in the north, while tropical fruits and tamales are more commonly used in southern cooking. Seafood, morisqueta (a sausage and rice meal), and carnitas (deep-fried pork) are more commonly eaten in western Mexico.
The first missionaries went to Mexico in 1874, and missionaries have continued to serve there since except for a pause from 1889 until 1901. There are now 35 missions throughout Mexico, and as of summer 2013 there is a Missionary Training Center. There are now over a million members and 13 temples, including one in Guadalajara.
It’s common to eat chicken, pork, lamb or goat, and they use a lot of seasonings to spice their meat. They also eat a lot of beans, rice and tortillas.
Guadalajara is the cultural center of Western Mexico. It is modern but has kept a strong culture of mariachi, Roman Catholicism, and art. It has six universities, several culinary institutes and 22 museums. Guadalajara has three professional soccer teams, most notably the Chivas.
Apartado Postal 51-74
Colonia Las Aguilas
45081 Zapopan, Jalisco
Colonia Providencia, Guadalajara, Jalisco C.P. 44620
Here is a website run by the mission president’s wife, Sister Wagner: http://guadalajaramexicomission.blogspot.com/