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Mexican Culture November 24, 2009

Filed under: Mexican Culture — mickey1993 @ 12:47 am
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Mexican culture is one of the most beautiful cultures in the world. It is a culture that has a lot of traditions and it is full of beautiful peolple but sometimes these people in my opinion despite it because of their lack of knowledge and they even get ashamed of it.
Mexico has large metropolitanian areas like Mexico City, Guadalajara, Monterrey and the city of Puebla. It has rural areas too like in Chiapas, Oaxaca, Sinaloa, Tamaulipas and other beautiful towns.

The best thing about Mexico is the spicy food like tacos, chilaquiles, tamales and the famous salsa. In other countries they remember Mexico because of the salsa.

Unfortunately, a lot of teenagers in Mexico are ignorant about Mexican culture and it is very sad because the mayority of them don’t even care about where they came from. They are disinterested about their culture.

Mexican culture is full of traditions like a very popular one is when we use the piñatas in the parties and when we eat tacos with salsa.
The history in Mexico is very rich and had left us a patrimony
In Mexico every person is different because of the cultures around the world. In the north of Mexico people speak different than in the South and in the center of Mexico the accent is different too. All this is because the tradition of each state of Mexico is different.

Soccer is the most popular sport in Mexico. We have one of the biggest passions forsoccer. When the Mayas were in Mexico they used to play a similar game called the ball game. It was like soccer but the net was a very small arrow. When the Spanish colonized us they left a lot of traditions like our Catholic religion and our beautiful language.

I think that all Mexicans should be very proud of Mexican culture. We all should respect it more and try to know more about the history of Mexico and keep its traditions.

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The Mexican flag, it´s history and meaning November 16, 2009

Filed under: Mexican Culture — cesmo53 @ 5:22 am
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The Mexican flag obviously has had changes along its history until now. There have been a lot of changes, but I´m going to mention the most historically important and representative of them.                                                      

For more obvious reasons the first Mexican flag that was considered a representative icon for this country was the one used in the Mexican Independence from Spain. This flag was actually a banner which the priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla took from the atrium of the Atotonilco Parish. This banner had an image of the Guadalupe virgin and is currently exhibited in the National Mexican History Museum, in Monterrey.

Miguel Hidalgo banner

The next important change of the flag was when José Maria Morelos y Pavón started to use a different flag in the second period of the Independence. This flag had a crowned eagle over a cactus and three letters “V.V.M”, which means in Spanish “Viva la Virgen María”.

Jose maria morelos flag

The most important change of the flag was when the Trigarante army started to use a flag with the current colors; green, white and red. This army was the one which consumed the Mexican Independence winning the war with Spain. This was first national and official flag of the country considered the image of Mexico by the first Mexican emperor; Agustín de Iturbide. It was made in Iguala, in 1821. This flag is the one considered the predecessor of the current flag because it was the first to use the same colors of the current flag.

bandera de las tres garantias

Another important fact about the flag is its colors and the figure in the middle of it. The meaning of the colors is really simple. The green means independence, this is obviously the independence from Spain, the red means union; between the European and the American people, and finally the white means religion; and refers to the devote religion for the Catholic Church. This were the first meanings of the colors and actually nowadays the meanings are still the same, but in the Benito Juarez presidency time the meanings changed for a while because of the reformist and lay ideas. In those years the meaning of the white was unity, the red was the national hero’s blood and the green was hope.

Lastly the symbol in the middle of the flag, which is an eagle eating a snake while it’s standing over a nopal was taken from an Aztec code and a legend. The Aztec legend said that the ideal place for the Aztec people to build their city would be revealed by their god; Huitzilopochtli. This place was revealed when they saw an eagle eating a snake over a nopal in the middle of a lake. The Aztecs built their city there. The flag´s symbol was taken from that legend.

mexican flag symbol

As my favorite personal experience with the flag, I would say, it was when I was in the school honor guard and I was the one who to carry it. I would empathize that for a ten year old boy, the flag is too heavy. During a ceremony in the school, I was carrying the flag. In the school ceremonies, the honor guard had to walk around the school path, so when we were turning around, I lost the balance of the flag and pushed the person who was next to me. In that way, I formed a chain and lastly the entire honor guard fell down because of me. Everybody in that ceremony laughed and I was removed from the honor guard.