Rich Customs and Traditions of Mexico

Mexican Culture and Traditions

Mexicans are full of energy and life. They are fun loving and party going people. Family and friends are important aspect of their every day life and they keep up a constant interaction with them. The Mexican lifestyle is as diverse and rich as the mixture of cultures and civilizations that left their marks as time went by. The rich customs and traditions are important part of their lives and they will give a warm welcome, provided you respect these traditions.

Mexican Celebrations

A large number of festivals celebrated by the Mexicans show just how they love to enjoy life. In Mexico, there are several national holidays in a year. Most the celebrations are religious ones. But the truth is that Mexicans only need an occasion to celebrate. Some of the major celebrations of Mexicans are

  • Posadas y Navidad
  •  Los Dias de los Muertos
  •  Dia de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe
  •  Cinco de Mayo
  •  El Grito de Dolores Carnival etc.

The Mexican festivities give an insight to their rich culture, which they have beautifully preserved in their colorful festivals. Each festival or celebration is a sign of their enthusiasm and passion for life.

Mexico Celebrates Cinco De Mayo

Mexican Art

The beautiful Mexican handcrafts usually represent the Mexican traditions, which are usually elements of the Mexican mythology. Some of the items produced by hand in this country include ceramics, wall hangings, vases, furniture, textiles and much more. Mexican blown glass and hand-made masks are also part of thegreat Mexican art.

Hand-made glass animals, clay pottery, colorfully embroidered cotton garments, carved wood, colorful baskets and rugs, sculptures, paintings, all form amazing pieces of Mexican art.

Mexican Clothing

Traditional clothing of Mexico is a combination of native and European elements. They use different kinds of materials for clothing like cotton, bark, agave, silk and wool. Mexicans mostly prefer to use earthy colors for clothing, like brown, dark red etc.

Aniline dyes are brought from Europe for dying the clothes. Garments worn by women differ from those worn by men. Clothing also varies according to the social status and ethnic group.

Typical women clothing includes a skirt, a sleeve-less tunic known as “huipil”, “quechquémitl” which is a closed shoulder cape and a “rebozo” (a kind of shawl).

Men usually wear “European-like”clothes with an only addition of “Sarape”- a large blanket cape. Another peculiarity of traditional Mexican clothing is the embroidery used.The beautifully styled and colorful embroidery is known to use symbols that have a specific meaning behind them. For each celebration, there is a special kind of costume in Mexico.

Mexican Hat Dance

Mexican music

The music of Mexico is very diverse and includes a wide range of different musical styles. It has been influenced by a variety of cultures and its evolution is additive more than destructive i.e. it incorporates previous rhythms and styles into new ones rather than replacing them. One of the widely known kinds of Mexican music is The Mariachi. Today, a Mariachi ensemble is considered to be a complete folk orchestra, and its instruments include trumpets and violins as the melody group, and guitars, harp, guitarrón and vihuelas as the harmony group. The Mariachis is a must in almost all kinds of celebration in Mexico.

Some of the other most popular Mexican music is

  • Tejano
  • Norteno
  • Banda.

Mexican hat dance is an unavoidable part of Mexican music which involves arm motions, foot steps and claps. When the music speeds up, the dance movements become quick. It can be performed with one partner or a group.

Mexican food

Food is a celebration in Mexico. On November 2010, Mexican cuisine was added by UNESCO to its lists of the world's "intangible cultural heritage". It has varied flavors, colorful decoration, and variety of spices and ingredients. There are festivals throughout Mexico which feature culinary creations made with the food being honored, as well as other traditional dishes.

Three Kings Bread Fiesta, Amaranth Candy and Olive Festival, Traditional Mayan Food Fiesta, Cotton and Grape Fair, Wine Festival etc are some of them.

Mexican music - Jesusita en Chihuahua, Mariachi party Revolución mexicana Bicentenario

Mexican cloths
Mexican cloths

Mexican Communication

Exchanging proper greetings, shaking hands, greeting each individual in a group- all are considered important among Mexicans. Mexicans will really appreciate your attempt to speak Spanish. Speaking grammatically incorrect English or speaking slowly or using disjointed sentences is considered to be insulting. Since people are less aware of personal space while engaging in communication, they tend to stand closer than usually required, which should not be misunderstood. Stepping back may be regarded as unfriendly. You may directly speak to someone by only using his or her title only, without including the last name. Good conversational topics are Mexican culture, history, art, and museums.

         Mexican culture is perhaps one of the most fascinating cultures worldwide. It is a rich blend of their art, celebrations, dance, music, clothing, food, style of communication and much more. Without any doubt, Mexican culture deserves to be known, and you certainly will enjoy knowing it.

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Cabo Photographer 4 years ago from Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Very interesting read! My favorite Mexican holiday would have to be Dia de los Muertos, I love the imagery and art that comes from it, as well as the message behind it. Quite beautiful. :)


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Kevin Peter 3 years ago from Global Citizen Author

Hi Cabo,

Iam happy to know that you loved my hub on Mexico. It is blessed with many customs and traditions that attract a lot of people to that place.

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