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Christmas in Mexico: Navidad en Mexico, a Mexican holiday resource page

Posadas, Pastorelas And Nacimientos. Few North Americans recognize that the roots of these treasured “Christmas” traditions were active long before the birth of Christ. In fact, most evolved from pagan winter solstice rituals of the Celts, Druids, Scandinavians and indigenous groups, and the much older Jewish Festival of Lights. While the most beloved Mexican Christmas traditions are firmly based on the birth of Christ, the timing of the celebration coincides with Mexico’s ancient worship of the sun. During the nine darkest days of winter, the Aztecs celebrated the God of the Sun, pleading for his return and praising both the Sun and his virgin mother goddess. Index Page

Mexico success story: San Quintin Escuela Marvin West

How this very rural elementary school has risen from nothing to something special is a stunning success story. The small Nayar... read more

Ask an old gringo about Frida Kahlo, Mexico contradictions, colorful protests Marvin West

I repeat: Contrary to rumor, many years and extensive travels in Mexico do not qualify me as a know-it-all, A-1 infallible exp... read more

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Cheers for Mexico seat belts Marvin West

Road signs in Mexico © Bill Begalke, 2000 I am an advocate of slowing to almost a stop when speed bumps appear high enough to... read more

Mexico's International Balloon Festival in Leon, Guanajuato Tara Lowry

The biggest event of its kind in Latin America, the International Balloon Festival in Leon, Guanajuato, takes place in the mid... read more

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Mexican ways with wings: The food craze that took flight Karen Hursh Graber

Mexican wings al pastor© Karen Hursh Graber, 2014 Wings have landed everywhere. There are endless varieties of these once hum... read more

Chicken wings in a margarita marinade: Alitas al tequila Karen Hursh Graber

This recipe for chicken wings in a margarita marinade is adapted from one in Sunset magazine, but with more emphasis on the fr... read more

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A Huichol creation story Ronald A. Barnett ©

A Huichol friend of mine, Juan Bautista Carillo, came up with the idea of a trilingual edition (Huichol, Spanish, English) of ... read more

Mexico this month - November Tony Burton

Read about Mexico's important historical events that have occurred during the month of November.... read more

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Mexico berries are the "in" thing Marvin West

Corn was the crop of choice 17 years ago when we landed in Mexico, on the shores of Lake Chapala. Everybody who had a patch of... read more

Mexican microeconomics: The Tuesday market in San Miguel de Allende John Scherber

Like a shimmering mirage that lasts only until your next blink, the Tuesday Market, or tianguis, appears once a week at dawn, ... read more

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Christmas in Mexico: Navidad en Mexico, a Mexican holiday resource page Index Page

Posadas, Pastorelas And Nacimientos. Few North Americans recognize that the roots of these treasured “Christmas” tradition... read more

Mexican mezcal in the global spirits market: Unrivalled complexity, innumerable nuances Reviewed by William B. Kaliher

Derived from the agave plant, mescal — or mezcal — has been enjoyed since before the Spanish conquest. Most is produced in... read more

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