36 Cool & Interesting Facts about Mexico’s Culture

Are you ready to explore the colorful and vibrant world of Mexico’s culture? Mexico is a country full of life, traditions, and some of the most interesting customs you can find anywhere in the world. So, grab your sombrero, and let’s go on a cultural adventure to discover some very cool facts about Mexico’s culture.

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Let’s talk about Mexican festivals. Mexico is famous for its colorful and lively celebrations. One of the most famous is Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. During this festival, families remember their loved ones who have passed away with beautiful altars, decorated skulls, and lots of flowers. It’s a joyful time to remember and celebrate life!

When talking about facts about Mexico’s Culture we can’t forget about the delicious Mexican food! Have you ever had tacos, enchiladas, or guacamole? Yum! Mexican cuisine is known for its bold flavors and fresh ingredients. From spicy to sweet, there’s something for everyone. Food in Mexico is not just about eating; it’s a way to bring family and friends together.

Mexican music and dance are also a big part of the culture. Mariachi bands, with their big sombreros and guitars, play lively music that makes you want to dance. Speaking of dance, traditional dances like the Jarabe Tapatío, also known as the Mexican Hat Dance, are performed at celebrations full of energy and smiles.

Are you excited to learn more facts about Mexico’s culture? There’s so much to explore, from the art and history to the language and customs. Mexico’s culture is a beautiful tapestry of colors, sounds, and tastes. Let’s dive in and discover all the wonderful things that make Mexico’s culture so special!

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Facts about Mexico’s Culture

  1. Mexico’s official name is Los Estados Unidos Mexicanos (United Mexican States).
  2. Mexico City is the oldest capital city in North America and one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities on Earth (over 2,300 years old).
  3. Mexico ranks 10th globally in population size, with over 128 million inhabitants.
  4. Mexico is home to one of the new Seven Wonders of the World, Chichen Itza.
  5. Guanajuato is known as the “capital of mummies.” The bodies are naturally preserved by dry air in the crypts and then displayed in colorful glass cases for people to see.
  6. Mexico is home to the largest bullring in the world.
  7. The average Mexican drinks over 700 cups of coffee a year. Some Mexicans even have their way of drinking it; usually adding lots of sugar and consuming it in small cups called “cuates.”
  8. Mexico grows 59 varieties of corn.
  9. Hot chocolate was a Spanish invention, but first, the Aztecs drank chocolate with chili pepper in it.
  10. The Arabic language influenced about 4,000 words in Mexican Spanish.
  11. In Mexico, people eat grasshoppers (Chapulines), which are deep-fried, roasted, or included in tacos.
  12. Aztec legend influenced the Mexican flag.
  13. The country’s coat of arms features an eagle, symbolizing power and nobility, holding a snake while standing on a prickly pear bush. The eagle represents the Aztec god Huitzilopochtli, and the cactus is Opuntia (also called nopal), symbolizing Mexico itself.
  14. The two uniting snakes on the Mexican flag represent “neither hermit nor tyrant.” There are seven red stripes in the flag, symbolizing the seven regions of the country. The eagle’s wings spread high to show strength and grandeur.
  15. Mexico City is one of the largest cities in the world.
  16. Mexico is famous for its murals, which started in the 1920s to educate the highly illiterate population about the country’s history and vision of the future, as well as to celebrate the culture and lives of common people.
  17. The national game of Mexico is football (soccer). The country has won the World Cup tournament twice.
  18. Mariachi, a traditional style of Mexican music, is recognized worldwide for its distinctive sound and lively performances.
  19. The Day of the Dead is on the 1st & 2nd of November; during this festival, offerings are made to the souls of ancestors.
  20. The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe is celebrated on December 12th.
  21. Mexico’s cuisine has been a UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity since 2010.
  22. ‘Hello’s’ and ‘goodbye’s’ are very important in Mexican culture. Men usually greet each other with a handshake or hug, while with women, a quick kiss on the cheek is typical.
  23. Relationships are important in Mexico. You may be greeted familiarly, possibly with a kiss on your right cheek and “Dios te bendiga” (God bless you).
  24. Mexico has the world’s largest number of Spanish speakers.
  25. Semana Santa (Holy Week) is Mexico’s main holiday, a deeply religious festival that celebrates the resurrection of Christ.
  26. Cinco de Mayo is not widely celebrated in Mexico but is an important holiday in the United States because it offers Mexican-Americans a chance to celebrate their culture and heritage.
  27. In Mexico, food is an experience, whether you’re a visitor or a local.
  28. The national dish is mole, a sauce made from chili peppers, chocolate, and spices.
  29. Three Mexicans have won the Nobel Prize.
  30. The National University, the oldest in Latin America, was founded on September 22nd, 1551, and was initially called the Royal and Pontifical University.
  31. Many Mexican children do not receive presents on December 25th.
  32. In Mexico, toilet paper isn’t flushed due to infrastructural differences.
  33. Mexico City is home to the Chinampas, an agricultural technique dating back to the Aztecs.
  34. Mexican Independence Day is NOT Cinco de Mayo. It is celebrated on September 16th and is a national holiday throughout Mexico.
  35. There are 68 recognized languages in Mexico.
  36. Of these 68 languages, over 300 different dialects are spoken throughout the nation.

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