Appreciating Local Culture
Too many people go to Mexico and never experience the local culture. Some eat only in chain or fast-food restaurants and don't experience Mexican food or culture. If you go to Mexico, you'll want to experience the local culture whenever you can.
To Market, to Market
One of the best places to soak up local culture is in
Many indoor markets have a food section called a comedor. While the food may look and smell delicious, and while most cubicles are clean, it's wise not to eat here. This type of service is similar to street vendors, who may not follow the best food-service health practices.
Hanging Out in the Zócalo
Every town and city in Mexico has a
A wrought-iron Victorian gazebo bandstand stands in the middle of many
Every Day Is a Fiesta
There's a fiesta just about every day in Mexico. The Mexican government estimates there are over 6,000 held annually in towns and villages all over Mexico. Of these, twenty-seven are considered major, lasting for several days and attracting thousands of people. In addition to these are the
Food is a main ingredient of every fiesta. It's a time when everyone forgets about dieting and enjoys themselves. Los antojitos mexicanos, the special dishes served at fiestas, are favorites of Mexican cooking. Most are made of corn, spicy, and cooked in a variety of ways. Other popular dishes served at fiestas include tamales, tacos, pozole, tosta-das, enchiladas, and quesadillas.
The pre-Columbian people of Mexico worshiped many gods. When the Spanish missionaries forced Catholicism on them, they saw similarities between the rituals their own high priests performed and those of the Catholic Church. Today, the fiestas held all over Mexico are a blending of these two types of rituals, and nearly all have a basis in Catholicism. Processions, masses, and the reciting of rosaries are all part of the festivities. The Spaniards also introduced activities that gave a more entertaining side to the indigenous rituals. Besides music and dance and lots of good food, fiestas may have