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.
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
Lucha LibreProfessional 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.