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Mexican Hand Gestures

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Mexican Hand Gestures Here is something I have been meaning to do for a vary long time and I hope you all find it amusing, interesting and of some value as you stroll the streets of Mexico. While Mexican hand gestures can be strange and intimidating, they are also very utilitarian.I will start out with this very familiar one to…

The Legacy of the Huichol Culture

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Mexico is rich with indigenous cultures – over 60, in fact. Among them are the Huichol, which live in our state of Nayarit as well as Jalisco, Zacatecas and Durango, the latter two with minority populations. The Huichol are also known as the Wixaritari and they live in the Nayar and Yesca regions of our State. They are characterized…
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Significance of Day of the Dead Altars

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Each year on November 2nd, we have the most important celebration for the dead in Mexico. On this day, people visit the tombs of their beloved deceased ones and they mount altars to help them have a good walk during the afterlife. Many of these altars are considered true works of art, as they reflect the hard work, dedication and…
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Dia de los Muertos Glossary

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Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a 2-day holiday in which relatives celebrate the lives of those who have passed. November 1st is All Saints' Day, when Mexicans pay homage to the souls of the children and November 2nd is All Souls' Day, when the souls of those who died in adulthood are honored. Relatives gather at cemeteries…
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Dia de los Muertos Altars in Tepic, Nayarit 2013 / Tribute to Franciscan Fray Pascual Duran Rosales

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In Mexico, there is a holiday for the dead called “Dia de los Muertos” or Day of the Dead, which is held every year in the month of November. The first day of November is the day we celebrate those who died as children (Day of the Little Angels/All Saint’s Day), and the second day of November is for the adults (All Souls’ Day). Families…
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Old Cemetery in La Peñita

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The old cemetery in La Peñita is a little worse for wear these days, but nonetheless, it is still a charming and restful place. It is located on the very north end of town and is snuggled in between the beach and Calle del Mirador. Much of the destruction occurred back in 2002 when Hurricane Kenna barreled through the Jaltemba Bay area.…

Viva Nayarit: La Catrina

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"La Catrina" was created by Mexican artists to make a metaphorical representation of high social class in Mexico, which prevailed before the Mexican Revolution. La Catrina is considered the symbol of death, since Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is celebrated on November 1 and 2 throughout Mexico. It is common to see people disguised…