10 Things That Mexico Does Better

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Here’s a great list of 10 things that Mexico does better than any other country, compiled by Karla Villegas Gama of CNN Mexico. It is part of a series highlighting the greatest of countries worldwide.

Cold Beers, Peaceful Beaches…

It is a compelling image, but captures only a small percentage of the diversity and excellence that permeates one of the most amazing countries. Here are 10 things that Mexico does better than others.

Celebrating Death

Many cultures praise their ancestors. But where else in the world are the dead remembered with an annual festival of art, food and community? The Day of the Dead takes place every year on November 1 when Mexicans place altars to commemorate their loved ones who have passed on. In the November 1, Day of the Dead, Mexicans put offerings (altars) for their loved ones who passed on. Each offering includes images of the deceased, food, drinks, sugar skulls, candles and Aztec marigold flowers. The belief is that the deaths of the children return to Earth to visit his family and friends on November 1 and souls of the adults do the same on November 2. The Day of the Dead festivals are held throughout Mexico. Three of the most elaborate are held in San Andrés Mixquic (in Tláhuac in Mexico City), Patzcuaro, Michoacan and Janitzio, Michoacán.

Trumpets

From symphonies to oompah bands until trumpets sections soul and R & B, everyone loves a burst of metal. While most countries tend to keep their trumpets for parties and special occasions, Mexico touches daily. Where else can you hear tuba, tubas really! low on the radio every hour of the week? All bands is reduced, the heart of traditional genres and popular Mexican music. The bands are usually formed between 10 and 20 musicians playing brass instruments, wind instruments and various percussion. Every tourist is enchanted by the mariachi, but the bands are a part of several broader genres, the most typical are ranchera, quebradita and corridos.

Tequila

The national liquor of Mexico is a worldwide standard in bars, exporting to 96 countries. The tequila should be sipped and savored, like fine whiskey, which, as any Mexican will tell you, can compete with the best tequila. You can get a taste of the best in the Tequila Trail, which includes some of the most famous breweries in the country. The alternatives are the Tequila Express route operated by Casa Herradura and travel José Cuervo Express.

Hangover Cures

Mexican fiestas (parties) can be notable for rendering one senseless very quickly (see Tequila, above). Which, of course, can lead to a disaster the following morning. Fortunately, any good Mexican cook can produce the best hangover cures on the planet. Wake up, drink some water, inhale some hot chilaquiles, tacos of carnitas or barbacoa with hot sauce and lots of revitalizing grease. Have a beer for breakfast if you’re in really bad shape and then return to the bar the same evening for more music, dancing and drinking.


Puns or Double Meaning Word Games

The abur (pun) or double meaning is not only a linguistic trick for Mexicans, but an art form that requires a mental agility and the ability to convey subtle, but intelligent messages often mixed with sexual innuendos or more. Of course, many languages ​​employ covert connotations and clever puns, but the pun is so important in Mexico there is a national tournament to crown the Best Alburero. The current champion is Lourdes Ruiz, who has won the competition every year since 1997, beating both men and women. There are even courses taught in creating puns. If you are still not convinced that Mexicans take the double meaning more seriously than others? What other country has a day dedicated to the subtle complexities of your language? In Mexico, Dace Day is celebrated on March 1.

The Diploma in Fine Albures classes are held in the Gallery José María Velasco (Peralvillo 55, Colonia Morelos, Tepito, Mexico City), admission is free and participants receive a diploma.

Catholicism

The Vatican does a good job as the center of faith and has some decent pictures on your roof. But its population of 800 souls is not exactly surprising. Mexico, in contrast, is second in the world by number of Catholics (Brazil is the first and the Philippines place third) and, according to the National Institute of Statistics and Geography of Mexico, 83.9% of Mexicans are Catholic. Nothing says “Catholic Mexican” as a nod to the country’s seemingly endless manifestations of the Virgin Mary. That may be the reason why the priest Miguel Hidalgo took a symbolic flag of Guadalupe when he led the early stages of the War of Independence of Mexico in 1810. Our Lady of Guadalupe is the most venerated Virgin in Mexico, and perhaps in the world. The Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City is also one of the most important places of pilgrimage in Mexico, according to reports, the most visited Marian shrine in the world. Every December 12, approximately five million pilgrims from all over Mexico visit the Basilica of the Virgin to thank her favors or to ask a miracle.

Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Plaza de las Américas 1 Col. Villa de Guadalupe, Gustavo A. Madero, Mexico City; +52 55 5118 0500

Vitamin T

Known throughout Mexico as Vitamin T, tacos, tortas, tamales and tostadas are part of everyday life. Mexicans are constantly in motion, so it is not surprising that stalls and tiendas can be found in almost every corner selling a variety of Vitamin T. No matter if you’re on the subway, leaving school or taking a break from the office for lunch; the streets of Mexico offer endless options for a quick and delicious food cooked right in front of you with super fresh ingredients.

Soap Operas

In 1958, Mexican Telesistema produced Forbidden Path, the first Mexican telenovela (soap opera). Sixty-five years later, its successor Televisa has produced a total of 740 telenovelas. The formula has not changed much. A man and a woman fall in love but for tragic reasons, can not be together. After overcoming many obstacles, they eventually marry. Fifteen years after exporting its first soap opera, “The Rich Also Cry“,  Televisa found a rich market outside of Mexico. Of all the countries exporting telenovelas, Mexico leads in this area, creating niches in other countries who speak Spanish as well as in China, the Philippines, Israel and Saudi Arabia. Televisa is not the only chain that produces successful telenovelas, TV Azteca and Argos Comunicación also create top notch dramas, as well.

Lucha Libre

Professional wrestling (Lucha Libre) may be more Hollywood north of the border and bravest in other countries, but nowhere is it as exciting as in Mexico. The wrestlers wear masks, which add to the drama, and if a mask is removed by an opponent it is a major triumph and a very emotional event. In Mexico City, the events take place at the Arena Mexico on Thursday (19:30 pm), Friday (20:30 pm) and Sunday (17:00). Tickets can be purchased at Ticketmaster.

Agreeable Lies

Mexicans’ profound fear of appearing rude has given Mexicans a strong aversion to the word “no.” Instead; and unfortunately for those not familiar with the etiquette in Mexico, Mexicans have developed a talent for “white lies” that allow us to say yes to comply with any request. Even if they don’t really mean yes. White lies can be as excuse cliché as “the dog ate my homework” or as morbid as “my aunt suddenly developed pancreatic cancer.” The latter being used over and over, even told to the same person, week after week.

But the grandfather of the white lies is the word “ahorita”, which literally means “this very moment” but is almost never the case. When a Mexican tells you they will do something “right now”, be prepared to sit, because the wait can be long.
As Mexican art of delinquency, the use of the words “ahorita” has been passed down from generation to generation, a term that can mean everything from “10 minutes” to “in three weeks.” The cousin of right now is “I’m coming to see you now,” but not in practice. This really means ” as soon “as I finish this TV program, take a nap on the sofa, call my sister, take a bath, eat something and actually leave the house I will be coming to see you.” You have been warned; Mexicans are very good at this!
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G. William Hood is a writer, fine arts painter, educator and world traveler. He lives in Cuernavaca with his pet cockatiel, Pepe.