MEXICAN BULLFIGHTING• The Spanish occupation of Mexico led to the rise of bullfighting in the country. Also known as fiesta Brava, the sport has been one of the most popular in the country for the last 400 years.• Bullfighting in Mexico is similar to the Spanish style of bullfighting. Matadors perform specific moves, occasionally using a piece of red cloth, to attract a bull in a graceful manner. Typically, a bullfighting show includes rodeos, pig chases and dances, before the bullfight begins. In the end, the bull is killed with a sword.• Thousands of bullfighting events occur annually in Mexico. In certain areas in the country, bullfighting rakes in huge amounts of money yearly, coming from both tourists and fellow Mexicans.• As evidence of the popularity of the sport, the largest bullring in the world can be found in Mexico. The bullring is known as Plaza Mexico, which is located in Ciudad de los Deports, Mexico ity. Plaza Mexico can seat around 40,000 people. It was opened on February 5, 1946. The anniversary of the opening of Plaza Mexico has been celebrated every year thereafter with a special bullfight called the Corrode de Anniversaries.• Of course, with popularity comes controversy. Organizations promoting animal rights have rallied against the sport of bullfighting in Mexico. They argued that the sport was not only dangerous for the matador, but more so for the horses and, of course, the bulls. Other actions against bullfighting were also done, such as the establishment of humane education programs and the creation of mascot Pepe the Bull. At one point, individuals under 18 years old were banned from watching the sport. However, fans protested by bringing their families to watch the sport.• Bullfighting remains prominent during the dry season, about November to March. Tickets may be bought at the bullring. Prices for the tickets vary, ranging anywhere from $5 to $55.
DAY OF THE DEADDay Of The Dead is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and around the world in many cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. It is particularly celebrated in Mexico, where it attains the quality of a National Holiday, and all banks are closed. The celebration takes place on November 1–2, in connection with the Catholic holidays of All saint’s day (November 1) and All souls (November 2). Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigold and the favourite foods and beverages of the departed and visiting graves with these as gifts.Scholars trace the origins of the modern Mexican holiday to indigenous observances dating back hundreds of years and to an Aztec dedicated to a goddess called Matriesela The holiday has spread throughout the world: In Brazil,Dia de Finados is a public holiday that many Brazilians celebrate by visiting cemeteries and churches. In Spain, there are festivals and parades, and, at the end of the day, people gather at cemeteries and pray for their dead loved ones. Similar observances occur elsewhere in Europe, and simarly celebrations appear in many Asian and Africa cultures.
THE MEANING OF THE WORD MEXICOExplaining a word as ancient as Mexico that has been used as a word forwar, as a remember-word (tlatollotl), has lately designated a certainterritory and country is complicated. Mexico means many thing to a lot ofpeople over the years. Because its a Nahunta word, its translation is rich insymbols and in double meanings (in Nahunta a word that defines an objectcan be understood in other ways, that would require a special training inthe language only the elite understood) which makes interpretation hard.The word has life of its own and is treated with great respect.Because of that, and to differentiate its true meaning from its current one,the people today called with this word are ignorant of the true weight itholds. Grandfathers gave their descendants this name to honour is, so I usea k in Mexico to differentiate it when I am talking about the ancientmeaning of the word.
MEXICAN FOOD• The staples of Mexican foods are typically corn and beans. Corn is used to make masa, a dough for tamales, tortillas, gorditas, and many other corn-based foods. Corn is also eaten fresh, as corn on the cob and as a component of a number of dishes. Squash and chili peppers are also prominent in Mexican cuisine. Mexican cuisine is considered one of the most varied in the world, after Chinese and Indian.• The most frequently used herbs and spices in Mexican cuisine are chiles, oregano, cilantro, epazote, cinnamon, and cocoa. Chipotle, a smoke-dried jalapeño chilli, is also common in Mexican cuisine. Many Mexican dishes also contain garlic and onions.• Honey is an important ingredient in many Mexican dishes, such as the rosca de miel, a bunt- like cake, and in beverages such as balché.• Next to corn, rice is the most common grain in Mexican cuisine. According to food writer Kare Mesoamerican cultures knew of fermented alcoholic beverages, including a corn beer, long before the Spanish conquest, European-style beer brewed with barley was introduced with the Spanish soon after Hernán Cortés arrival. The arrival of German immigrants and the short-lived empire of Austrian Maximilian I in the 19th century provided the impetus for the opening of many breweries in various parts of the country. There are also international award-winning Mexican wineries that produce and export wine. Hursh Graber, the initial introduction of rice to Spain from North Africa in the 4th century led to the Spanish introduction of rice into Mexico at the port of Veracruz in the 1520s. This, Graber says, created one of the earliest instances of the worlds greatest fusion cuisines. native to Mexico include mescal, pulque, and tequila. Beer in Mexico has a long history.
Mexican musicThe music of Mexico is very diverseand features a wide range of musicalstyles. It has been influenced by avariety of cultures, most notablyindigenous Mexican and Europeancultures.
CHIHUAHUA Several million Americans look to the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua as their ancestral homeland. Chihuahua - with a total of 245,945 square kilometres within its boundaries - is the largest state of the Mexican Republic and occupies 12.6% of the national territory. In stark contrast, Chihuahuas population - 3,052,907 residents in the 2000 census - amounts to only 3.13% of the national population.An understanding of Chihuahuas indigenous inhabitants from the pre-Hispanic era to the Nineteenth Century requires an imagination that dispenses with national borders. The border of the present-day state of Chihuahua with its neighbouring Mexican states and the American states on its north is a creation of political entities. These borders may cause the reader to believe that the indigenous groups from Chihuahua were unique to their area and distinct from the indigenous inhabitants of New Mexico, Texas, Coahuila, Sonora, or Durango.
CHUBACABRA• ɾ The chupacabras (Spanish pronunciation: [tʃupaˈkaβas], from chupar "to suck" and cabra "goat", literally "goat sucker") is a legendary cryptid rumored to inhabit parts of the Americas. It is associated more recently with sightings of an allegedly unknown animal in Puerto Rico (where these sightings were first reported), Mexico, and the United States, especiallThe first reported attacks occurred in March 1995 in Puerto Rico. In this attack, eight sheep were discovered dead, each with three puncture wounds in the chest area and completely drained of blood. A few months later, in, when as many as 150 farm animals and pets were reportedly killed. In 1975, similar August, an eyewitness, Madelyn Toileting, reported seeing the creature in the Puerto Rican town of Canóvanas illings in the small town of Moca, were attributed to El Vampiro de Moca (The Vampire of Moca). Initially it was suspected that the killings were committed by a Satanic cult; later more killings were reported around the island, and many farms reported loss of animal life. Each of the animals were reported to have had their bodies bled dry through a series of small circular incisions.• HISTORY:• Puerto Rican comedian and entrepreneur Silverio Pérez is credited with coining the term chupacabras soon after the first incidents were reported in the press. Shortly after the first reported incidents in Puerto Rico, other animal deaths were reported in other countries, such as the Dominican Republic, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Brazil, United States, and Mexico.• y in the latters Latin American communities. The name comes from the animals reported habit of attacking and drinking the blood of livestock, especially goats.
CAPITAL CITYThe capital of Mexico is Mexico City. It hasover 2 million people. It has over 200hotels,180 restaurants and 4 main hospitals.It hold one of the largest festivals in theworld day the Day Of The Dead Festival .
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Quiz1. What does the word Mexico mean?2. Name the legendary beast of Mexico?3. What is the capital of Mexico?4. What is the traditional Mexican meal?5. What Is the celebration only celebrated in Mexico?