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Mexico this month - June Tony Burton

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

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Mexico this month - May Tony Burton

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

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Mexican Kaleidoscope - Myths, Mysteries & Mystique. A review of Tony Burton's 2016 book. Reviewed by Rita Pomade

Tony Burton’s recently published Mexican Kaleidoscope is a whirlwind trip through some of the underpinnings of Mexican culture, told with humour, affection and well-documented facts. This readable compendium of little known stories made me want to revisit many places I’d already seen. How much richer my experiences would have been had I been able to take this user-friendly and easily carried tome of gems with me when I was in Mexico. read more

Mexico this month - April Tony Burton

Statue of Revolutionary hero Emiliano Zapata
© Julia Taylor 2007

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

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The food of Easter in Mexico: a seasonal celebration of popular cuisine Karen Hursh Graber

A myriad of fresh fruit will become juices and agua fresca, a refreshing drink populare throughout Mexico.
© Christina Stobbs, 2011
Semana Santa — Holy Week — is the observance of a solemn religious occasion. But the mood in most of Mexico during Easter time is far from solemn. With the exception of the Good Friday passion plays and processions, the atmosphere is festive, with people taking to the streets and beaches to celebrate spring and rebirth. read more

Mexico this month - March Tony Burton

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Mexico this month - February Tony Burton

February 20, 1943 — A brand-new volcano, subsequently called Paricutín, erupts in a farmer’s field in Michoacan. It attracts world-wide attention. In succeeding years of eruption, two villages, Paricutin and San Juan Parangaricutirimícuaro are lost beneath the lava. Read about Mexico's important historical events that have occurred during the month of February.

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Murder in Mexico: an English family during the Revolution Julia Swanson

Julia Swanson tells the extraordinary tale of her English grandfather and his family who were tragically caught up in the violence of the Mexican Revolution. read more

Mexico this month - January Tony Burton

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

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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 this month - December Tony Burton

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Mexico this month - November Tony Burton

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

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Index to the "Mexico: Did you know?" series

Our "Mexico: Did You Know" series offers lots of not-so-well-known but interesting facts about Mexico's contributions to the world. Here is the list to date (most recent at the top): First sci... read more

Mexico this month - October Tony Burton

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

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In memoriam: David McLaughlin, founder and CEO of Mexconnect Tony Burton

Our beloved webjefe David McLaughlin, the visionary founder and CEO of Mexconnect, died on September 5th in hospital in Victoria, British Columbia. He passed peacefully, painlessly, with close family by his side.

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Mexico this month - September Tony Burton

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

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Mexico this month - August Tony Burton

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Seeker: A Sea Odyssey by Rita Pomade (Guernica Editions, 2019) Reviewed by Michael Hogan

Seeker: A Sea Odyssey
The title - Seeker: A Sea Odyssey - is illustrative because the adventure at sea that this book chronicles is indeed one, which reflects the epic journey of Odysseus, with tropical storms, pirates, paradisiacal islands, mystical beliefs, palm readings, predictions, shattered sails, and a broken mast. Also, beneath it all is a relationship strained to the breaking point by this odyssey. In this case, the author, Rita Pomade, is an active participant with her husband on the same fragile vessel, but unlike long-suffering Penelope she doesn’t stay on shore. read more

Mexico this month - July Tony Burton

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

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Cartonería: The Mexican art of papier mache Leigh Thelmadatter

Just about all documentation on cartonería stops with Pedro Linares, who died in 1992. His family continues the tradition he set and has become something of the standard among many collectors and institutions. Cartoneria is growing, both taking back areas in which it had disappeared and being introduced to areas in the far north and south which did not have the craft in the first place. The publication of Mexican Cartonería: Paper, Paste and Fiesta is an important step in giving the craft and its artisans the attention they deserve. read more

Wheels Up: A Novel of Drugs, Cartels and Survival Reviewed by Lynda L. Lock

Wheels Up: A Novel of Drugs, Cartels and Survival
 
Wheels-up: A Novel of Drugs, Cartels and Survival, is Jeanine Kitchel's fast-paced debut novel in her cartel trilogy. Mexico aficionado and prolific writer Kitchel will transport you into the heart of the drug cartel business. Zooming from cities to jungles and haciendas located in Mexico, Colombia, and Guatemala, the story will keep you wondering what could possibly happen next.

When El Patron, the head of the Culiacan Cartel in Sinaloa, Mexico, is imprisoned and the men in direct-line for succession are either dead or unsuitable, his niece Layla Navarro is chosen as his replacement. Layla's vivid descriptions of life inside the double-crossing, brutal existence of the Mexican drug cartels are precisely as I imagined.

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Trouble Isla Reviewed by Jeanine Lee Kitchel

Trouble Isla by Lynda L. Lock
Do you want to be transported to a small island in the Mexican Caribbean and follow the ongoing adventure of two feisty young women who accidentally uncover a notorious pirate's secret in an ancient cemetery during Mexico's Day of the Dead celebration?

Trouble Isla, Lynda L. Lock's second book in her Isla Mujeres Mystery Series, will allow you to do just that. Complete with a quirky cast of local characters, centering around Loco Lobo, the restaurant-bar where Yasmin and Jessica work,... read more

Preserving the Past: The Cactus Gardens of Cadereyta de Montes Edythe Anstey Hanen

Jardín Juárez, Cadareyta, Querétaro
The author describes a trip to Cadereyta de Montes in Querétaro and its two botanical gardens, the older La Quinta Schmoll, founded in 1920 by biologist Caroline Wagner and her painter husband Ferdinand Schmoll, and the government sponsored Regional Botanic Gardens (Manuel Gonzales de Cosio Regional Botanic Garden), founded in 1990. read more

Day of the Dead - A Celebration David McLaughlin

Rituals and traditions can provide a sense of place and timelessness. They offer us the opportunity of feeling connected to what has gone before and what will continue through the corridors of time. It seems to me that of the three countries in North America, Mexico has developed a culture that has some of the richest and most meaningful rituals. One in particular I have adopted as it gives me much that I did not have when I lived in Canada. read more
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