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Christmas Traditions in Mexico
Christmas is celebrated all around the world. Each country has different customs and traditions. Learn about the Christmas traditions in Mexico. Different countries celebrate in their own way including different dates, food, drinks which lead to a variety of diverse Christmas traditions around the World! This article features popular Mexican Christmas traditions detailing the celebrations, gift giving, Santa Claus and other customs followed in Mexico. We have even included some useful facts and information about the country, the flag and even the language!

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Christmas Traditions in Mexico
A tradition is a specific practice of long standing in which unwritten customs and practices are passed from one generation to the next. Traditions and customs form part of a country's culture and heritage. The following information provides some fast, interesting facts about customs and Christmas traditions in Mexico:

  • Las Posadas (Spanish for "the inns") is a Mexican celebration during the nine days before Christmas

  • Las Posadas begins December 16 and ends December 24. This festival symbolizes the journey made by Mary and Joseph before the reached the stable inn where the infant Jesus was born. Mexican homes have a nativity scene and the hosts of the Posada act as the innkeepers. Carols (villancicos) and songs are sung from house to house until they reach the home, or church, which has agreed to host a party. Children then break open the pinatas with bats and the adults enjoy a feast

  • Pinatas are brightly colored papier mache objects with candy hidden inside

  • Gifts are traditionally given on January 6, the Feast of the Epiphany, by the three Wise Men. Children leave their requests for gifts in their shoes. However, in recent years Santa Claus has started to make an appearance on Christmas Eve!

  • The combined celebrations are known as the Guadalupe-Reyes Marathon

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Christmas Traditions in Mexico - The Food!
What do people eat in other countries at this special time of the year? Festive feasts and recipes are traditional for special occasions including family dinners and meals. Interesting facts about the special food eaten as part of the customs and Christmas traditions in Mexico:

  • Bacalao a la vizcaina is popular dish in Mexico on Xmas Eve. Bacalao a la vizcaina consists of dried salted cod served with potatoes, tomatoes, onions, olives and red peppers

  • Romeritos are a popular meal on Christmas Day. Romeritos consist of potatoes and dried shrimp seasoned with a spice that is also called romerito and cooked in a garlic based mole sauce

  • Epiphany (6 January) marks the end of the festivities in Mexico. Rosca de Reyes, or the King's Ring is served which is a round sweet bread decorated with candied fruit to look like the crown of a king. A small figure of the infant Jesus is hidden in the cake - whoever finds the figure is blessed

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Mexican Christmas Vocabulary
How do you say Merry Christmas in Mexico? If you have friends or family who live, or have ties with, a different country it is a nice gesture to add a seasons greetings in the language of the country. A practical addition to learning about Christmas traditions in Mexico:

  • How do you say Merry Christmas in Mexican? "Feliz Navidad!"

  • What is the name for Santa Claus? In parts of Mexico, the gift bringer is called El Nino Jesus, "the infant Jesus." Santo Clós (Santa Claus) -  Niño Dios  - Los Reyes Magos ("The Wise Men")

Facts and Information about Mexico
Learn a little about the country of Mexico, as well as its Christmas traditions! The following information provides some fast, interesting facts about Mexico:

  • Location: Middle America, bordering the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico, between Belize and the US and bordering the North Pacific Ocean, between Guatemala and the US

  • Mexican Land Size : 1,923,040 sq km

  • Mexican Climate / Weather : varies from tropical to desert

  • Mexican Currency: Mexican peso (MXN)

Facts and Information about the Mexican Flag
Facts and info about the flag of Mexico:

  • The flag of Mexico is described as: The emblem on the Mexican flag pictures the Mexican Coat of Arms with a caracara perched on a cactus with a snake in its beak. A caracara is carrion-eating predatory hawk resembling both the eagle and the vulture

Christmas Traditions in Mexico
This article provides an overview of the country and the different Christmas traditions in Mexico. Lots of free, facts and information for kids, children and teachers! Popular Mexican Christmas traditions detailing the celebrations, gift giving, Santa Claus and other customs followed in Mexico.


 

Christmas Traditions in Mexico

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