5 Fun and Festive Mexican Holiday Traditions

AJ
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AJ
Mexico City Community Manager
December 25, 2013
1:33 a.m.

 

Fireworks at Mexico City's Zocalo square.

Fireworks at Mexico City’s Zocalo square.

I love the  Christmas holidays! I especially enjoy seeing all the different holiday traditions from all over the world. What makes this season so special is that religions and cultures from all over the globe celebrate the holidays differently and add their unique touches to this festive month.

Having lived in Mexico for over 7 years now, Mexicans also have their unique and fun ways of celebrating Christmas that starts in early December and doesn’t end until early February.

Here is how we celebrate Christmas in Mexico.

The Virgin of Guadalupe.

The Virgin of Guadalupe.

Feast of the Virgin of Guadalupe

The season begins on the 3rd of December with the celebration of the Virgin of Guadalupe. Many Catholics from all over the country visit the famous church of Guadalupe north of Mexico City to pay homage to this famous patron saint. On the 12th of December, the Las Mañanitas song is sung to her images and statues all over Mexico.

A traditional Mexican pinata.

A traditional Mexican piñata.

Posadas and Piñatas

Posadas are December gatherings and parties that are usually held until the 24th of December. It is not uncommon to have a posada for 8 straight days with many people celebrating them each day of the week. A traditional Mexican piñata at these Posadas will not be filled with candies and treats, but with traditional fruits and peanuts instead.

NYE Mexican style.

NYE Mexican style.

New Years Eve

Mexicans bring in the New Year much like the rest of the world. Fireworks and gun shots can be heard throughout the country as soon as the clock strikes midnight. One great difference in tradition is eating 12 grapes quickly which symbolises luck for each month in the coming year.

Three Kings celebration in Parque Mexico La Condesa.

Three Kings celebration in Parque Mexico La Condesa.

Rosca de Reyes cake.

Rosca de Reyes cake.

Three Kings Day

This day commemorates when the Three Wise Men visited baby Jesus to bring him gifts. Mexicans celebrate this day on the 5th of Jan and they bake a round sweet bread with dried fruit as a topping called rosca de reyes.

Inside the cake is a miniature baby Jesus the size of a penny. After the cake is served, someone has to announce that their piece of cake has the mini baby Jesus inside it so they can be given a task for the final gathering of the season.

 

Delicious Mexican Tamales.

Delicious Mexican Tamales.

Candlemas

The season finally ends on the 2nd of February celebrating baby Jesus’ presentation to the temple. Tamales are the common and popular food shared on this day and the person who found the miniature baby Jesus on the 5th of January is usually in charge of buying all the tamales for the whole party.

Do you have any special holiday traditions you want to share with GuySpy? Leave your comments at the section below.

Wishing everybody a fantastic holiday season and a great New Years from all of us here at GuySpy!

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