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Mothers Day in Mexico: an extraordinarily special day Christina Stobbs

Flowers are a favorite Mother's Day Gift in Mexico
What a special and grand celebration Mothers Day in this beautiful country called Mexico! The beach, restaurants and streets are overflowing with families celebrating Mothers Day. The local stores area packed with colourful flowers, especially roses. I wonder where they get the roses and how expensive they must be for those families on a limited income to purchase. The retail stores place big beautiful bows on all their merchandise and the bakeries display some very grand and beautiful "Happy Mother's Day" cakes which look absolutely delicious. read more

Saint Anthony and John the Baptist: June festivals at Lake Chapala Judy King

Church dedicated to Saint Anthony of Padua in San Antonio Tlayacapan, Mexico.
© Taner Sirin, 2011
During June, we investigate the history, lives and legends of Saint Anthony of Padua, the beloved patron saint of San Antonio Tlayacapan and San Juan Cosala's Saint John the Baptist as these communities on Mexico's Chapala lakeshore focus for nine days on processions, masses, sky rockets and devotions. Each community will begin each of the nine days preceding their Saint's Day with early morning firecrackers to awaken the village for the morning pilgrimage to mass... read more

Mexico celebration luncheon Marvin West

Our favorite Mexico neighbors, parents of a young father, celebrated the christening of their granddaughter, five months old, with a Sunday luncheon. They strung up white balloons and rented a big grill, a large ice box, tables, chairs, even white tablecloths and a giant jukebox. At 10 minutes after noon on this chosen day, we got a surprise. A delegation came across to invite us over for a 2 p.m. meal. read more

In Mexico, April 30 is Children's Day: el Dia del Niño Sergio Wheeler

Mother's Day and Father's Day are widely celebrated throughout the world. But Mexico is such an inclusive culture. Children' Day is always filled with activities, and children look forward to a holiday all their own with fun, gifts and special events. On Children's Day, the main focus is on the children and making them feel special. In shopping malls all over Mexico, special events with clowns, magicians, music, shows and balloons take place. Amusement parks as well as zoos and children's museums usually offer discounts or special deals for children on this day. Water parks are a popular option... read more

A wedding and christening in rural Oaxaca: The mandate of tradition Alvin Starkman

A wedding and christening in rural Oaxaca
We usually think of weddings and baptisms as rites of passage we attend on separate occasions. But November 27, 2008, marked the celebration of both in San Lorenzo Albarradas: the nuptials of a couple in their early twenties, and the baptism of their three-year-old daughter. What resulted was a melding of highly organized custom... read more

The Day Of The Holy Cross - May 3rd Judy King

Each year on May 3rd processions of singing pilgrims carrying streamers and flowers wend their way through towns, cities and villages of Mexico to decorate the crosses along roadsides and on mountainto... read more

Village in the Sun by Dane Chandos Reviewed by Allan Cogan

I reviewed Chandos's other book, "House in the Sun", in Mexico Connect a couple of months ago and now I'm catching up on what was actually the author's first book, published four years earlier. We're given a good long loving look at the various events that mark a typical year in a Mexican village - like The Day of the Dead, the Day of the Cross, Navidad, birthdays and the other festivals that are customarily celebrated. It all adds up to an attractive narrative. read more

Faith: The heart of Mexican fiestas Cat Gonzales

The Calendario de las Ferias y Festividades Religiosas de Mexico is a guide to enjoying what is uniquely Mexican -- Folk Catholicism which evolved in the last four centuries. Fairs are included ... read more

Mexico's Christmas posadas, pastorelas and nacimientos Luis Dumois

Las Posadas are fiestas that begin on the 16th and end on the 24th of December. In Mexico, during this period, there are many Posadas every evening.

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La Quinceañera: a celebration of budding womanhood Dale Hoyt Palfrey

The transition from childhood to womanhood is a significant passage for adolescent girls in almost all cultures. In Mexico, it is marked with the celebration of the Quinceañera, or 15th Birthday. From... read more
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