Now that 2017 is over, we must prepare ourselves to receive 2018 with the best attitude. Since we know you love Mexican culture as much as we do, we share below the most emblematic annual traditions of Mexico which everybody must experience.
King’s Cake: The Rosca de Reyes is a tradition of European and Catholic origin. The bread in the shape of a ring signifies all the people’s professed love to baby Jesus. The little figures or dolls inside the dough are a representation of the search that Reyes Magos (Three Wise Men) did when they left Persia to visit the Son of God. Today almost everyone enjoys the delicious cake, but few know the story behind such a delicious tradition.
Candlemas Day: It is celebrated on February 2nd every year in honor of Our Lady of Candlemas (Virgen de la Candelaria). On this date, the end of Christmas season, which began on December 25th, takes place. The most pleasant part of this celebration is the tamales which is a gathering on which the person that got a little figure when eating the King’s Cake buy tamales and share these corn-made, meat-filled meal with people. Honestly, who does not love tamales?
Holy Week: This religious festivity is commonly celebrated in the month of March every year, the week before Easter. Semana Santa is scheduled to occur in the last week of this month in 2018. The focus of attention is the Passion (of Jesus) Play, which is an event performed in different parts of the country. It is also widely promoted thanks to the fact that the people who act get a great preparation to support the roles they interpret in the play. The most emblematic place where this representation takes place at is the Cerro de la Estrella in the Iztapalapa borough of Mexico City.
Independence Day: September 15th is probably the most Mexican day along the year (make sure you don’t make the common mistake of thinking it is 5 de Mayo). When commemorating that the nation was freed from the Spanish domination, the Mexicans give the Grito (Cry) at 10 o'clock in the evening. Subsequently, they enjoy exquisite Mexican dishes such as pozole, tostadas, tacos, and other popular dishes that are not cooked anywhere else in the world. Of course, you should toast with a good tequila.
Day of the Dead: Coco, the movie, perfectly showed this tradition and left us a legacy of the historic celebration. As a result, it is expected that November 1st and 2nd in 2018 will be celebrated at even greater proportions. Nobody can miss the offerings with cempasuchil (Flower of the Dead), calaveritas (chocolate or sugar-made little skulls) and papel picado (shredded paper). You should also go to honor the loved ones who are no longer among us in this life.
Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe: December 12th represents the closing date of the year for the annual festivities in the country. On this day, Mexicans celebrate the appearance of Guadalupe Madonna on the Hill of Tepeyac, and millions of believers attend the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe to give thanks to one of the most beloved sanctities in the entire world. On the Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Guadalupe-Reyes marathon begins, as the vocational period from December 12th to January 6th is known.