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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” 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. read more

Mexico's Day of the Dead - resource page Index Page

An altar de muertos dedicated to the late singer Lola Beltran, whose CD centers the altar. Plates hold tamales and bread; a bottle of liquor and concert tickets are also seen.
© Daniel Wheeler, 2009
Day of the Dead in Mexico or Dia de los Muertos is celebrated throughout Mexico. Her face is unforgettable and she goes by many names: La Catrina (Fancy Lady), La Flaca (Skinny), La Huesuda (Bony), La Pelona (Baldy). A fixture in Mexican society, she's not some trendy fashion model, but La Muerte — Death. read more

Easter in Mexico, Semana Santa and Pascua: a Mexican holiday resource page Index Page

For Mexico, the Easter holidays are a combination of Semana Santa (Holy Week — Palm Sunday to Easter Saturday) and Pascua (Resurrection Sunday until the following Saturday). For most Mexicans, this 2 week period is the time of year for holiday vacations (good time to not be on the highways — just stay put and enjoy the community of your choice during this holday season). Holy Week celebrates the last days of the Christ's life. Easter is the celebration of the Christ's Resurrection. It is also the release from the sacrifices of Lent. read more

Mexico holiday and fiesta calendar - Mexican Holidays Dale Hoyt Palfrey

Fiestas abound in Mexico. The following listing of major Mexican holidays, by no means complete, is intended to help the newcomer to Mexico understand the motive for hearing rockets blasting off at dawn, finding a local bank or post office closed on a weekday, or encountering traffic brought to a halt by a passing parade or religious procession. read more

Living healthy in Mexico: Insurance, health care and Mexico's medical tourism - a resource page Mexconnect Staff

Some are surprised at the quality of health care in Meixco. But the climate, diet and openness to alternative therapies all contribute to healty liing. In addition, Mexico is recognized throughout Lati... read more

Calendar of Mexican food festivals Karen Hursh Graber

Possibly no other country in the world has as many festivals, fairs and feast days as Mexico. National holidays, religious holidays and people's santos (saints' days) are all celebrated with gus... read more

Nayarit Riviera - Resource page Mexconnect Staff

Exploring the beautiful State of Nayarit Link to interactive map Are you looking for a unique and affordable vacation experience far from the world of all-inclusive resorts? Would you like to ex... read more

Yucatan State, Mexico - Resource page Mexconnect Staff

 Principal articles for the State of Yucatan, Mexico Click to interactive map of Yucatan State, Mexico - Touring Mexico's Yucatan Ruins - Touring the Yucatán by motorcycle - Where the Sky is ... read more

The state of Michoacán, Mexico - resource page Mexconnect Staff

Michoacán - the soul of Mexico The state of Michoacán is an uncommon place. From the sugar cane fields of Los Reyes, the avocados, coffee, and macadamia nuts of Uruapan, the melon fields of Apatzing... read more

Guadalajara resource page: Jalisco's capital of culture and festivals Mexconnect Staff

Guadalajara is the capital of Jalisco and the "Pearl of the West." Founded in 1542, Mexico's second largest city is a bustling metropolis with a colonial heart and a provincial soul. Guadalara is a cen... read more

The state of Veracruz, Mexico - resource page Mexconnect Staff

The Mexican State of Veracruz brings to mind beautiful Gulf of Mexico waters, steamy jungles and mouth-watering ocean-fresh seafood. The State of Veracruz is all this and more. The following articles... read more

The state of Zacatecas, Mexico - resource page Mexconnect Staff

Zacatecas - a place to return to! Millions of Americans today look to the Mexican state of Zacatecas as their ancestral homeland. In this section, we focus on the fascinating state of Zacatecas, which... read more

Ajijic, Chapala, Jocotepec - Mexico's Lake Chapala region: resource page Mexconnect Staff

The Lake Chapala region of Jalisco, Mexico, (Ajijic, Chapala, Jocotepec) with its wonderful climate and large base of ex-patriate residents, has become a very desirable place for retirees, those wanting to escape aspects of "Home" (such as the winter weather), and those who desire to live and work in Mexico. read more

Book reviews in Mexconnect

Since 1995, Mexconnect has featured books about Mexico, new and old. Here are links to the growing list.

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Adventurous Mexico - exploring Mexico's outdoors - self-guided tours, mountains, volcanoes, hiking, camping, sailing, fishing, kayaking and more Index Page

 Climbing Mexican mountains, volcanoes and caves. Climbing Mexico's volcanoes Pico de Orizaba (Citlateptl) 5700m 18,700ft Popocatepl 5452m 17,887ft Iztaccihuatl 5286m 17,342ft ... read more

Arts and Culture of Mexico - Index Page Index Page

Within this section we highlight some of the best Mexico has to offer in the way of artesans, writers, painters, ceramicists, cultural examples, sculptors and more. If you like what you see, contact the artists and let them know you saw it on MexConnect. read more

The beaches and coastlines of Mexico Index Page

 With thousands of miles (9,330 kilometers) of coastline, Mexico offers everything one could want in the way of ocean-living, relaxing, exploring and water sports. From soft, gentle breezes over... read more

Mexico Real Estate: buying renting and owning property or homes in Mexico Index Page

Mexico makes it easy for foreigners to own property. Inland, they can hold a direct title to their Mexico real estate. In the prohibited zones — including prized beach areas — expats can own real e... read more

July 24 is National Tequila Day: A tequila resource page

Statue in Tequila

Present in the popular margarita, tequila can stand alone as a fine liquor. The popular traditional drink boasts an appellation or denomination of origin. Distilled from the nectar of the Weber blue agave the tequila dates from the 16th century. It may have originated in the Mexican town of Amatitan, Jalisco, where a pre-Hispanic distillery has been discovered in El Tecuane Canyon. MexConnect invites you to celebrate by getting to know this quintessentially Mexican drink — Mexico's gift to the world.

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The history of Mexico - a resource page featuring many aspects of Mexican history. Index Page

A comprehensive presentation of Mexico's history including timelines, famous people, ancient history, modern history, the peoples of Mexico, ethnic origins, Indigenous Mexico (Mayan, Huichol, Tarahumar... read more

Jalisco State resource page: tequila, mariachis and so much more Mexconnect Staff

Cradle of the mariachi, tequila, and the 'Jarabe Tapatío,' or Mexican Hat Dance, for many, the state of Jalisco is the essence of Mexico. read more

Ethnic diversity in Mexico Index Page

Mexico is an ethnically diverse country. To understand México, one must understand her peoples, their history and contributions to what is the México of today. Within this section, we consider those ... read more

Listing of Mexico's Presidents and Heads of State Index Page

A timeline showing Presidents from Mexico's Independence in 1822 to the present day. read more

The Religious Virgins and Saints of Mexico: las Virgenes y santos de Mexico Index Page

An Index Page of Articles, Images and Resources.

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Mexico's Huichol resource page: their culture, symbolism, art Mexconnect Staff

Our guide to the Huichol people of Mexico: their culture, history and extraordinary art read more
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