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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.
The members in Mexico City love to feed the missionaries, so it is almost daily that members provide a meal. The most important meal in Mexico happens around 2:00-3:00 in the afternoon. It is generally tacos, enchiladas, rice and beans or fried meat. On occasion they serve food that might seem unique, like cow brain/eye/tongue or pig fat.
The missionaries in Mexico City do not have bikes or cars. They get around by walking or using public transportation.
Like most big cities, missionaries in Mexico City need to be careful. Obey curfew, avoid dangerous areas, do not carry a lot of money, and be careful with personal items like cameras.
Since so many of the people are Catholic, there are a lot of Catholic traditions and many statues of the Virgin Mary. They have a huge amount of holidays and many times take days off work. The extended families tend to live together, so sometimes there are 20 plus people living in one house. They people in general live in poverty and do not have the opportunity to receive a good education.
There are a few Spanish expressions unique to Mexico. One is “chido,” which translates to “cool.” Another is “no manches,” which means “no way.”
Mexico City was founded by the Aztecs in 1325. It has prospered largely because of trade, and because of its easy access to the Atlantic and Pacific.
Av. del Taller No. 540
Col. Jardin Balbuena
Delegacion Venustiano Carranza
15900 , Distrito Federal
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