The Mexico culture is perhaps one of the most defining elements of this country. Like many other countries in Central America the culture is a mixture of Spanish culture as well as ancient traditions from those that lived here before the Spanish arrived. The people in Mexico are proud of their culture, something that will be obvious to you wherever you go.
The most important elements of the culture are family and religion. Socializing, hard work and respectfulness define the way of life here. While many believe that the country is rural and undeveloped, this is not the case at all.
There are many large cities that are similar to those found in the United States or Europe in terms of business, economy, even the style of buildings. About 75 percent of people in Mexico live in cities and towns like this. Some of the largest of those cities include Mexico City, Estado de Mexico, Baja California, Guadalajara, and Netzahualcoyotl.
Religion plays a significant role in life in the Mexico culture. The country is about 95 percent Roman Catholic (this makes it the second largest Catholic nation after the largest, Brazil). Other religions exist too, but in much smaller numbers.
Another area that you will see Mexico culture come to life is in their art work. A walk through town will allow you to see beautiful painted murals as well as sculptures adorning the surroundings. Folk art is the best name for this lively, colorful form of expression. Clothing and textiles are another form of art here. Beautiful rugs, baskets and cotton based garments are filled with bright colors and patterns.
A variety of national holidays are celebrated here. Fiestas are used to celebrate any event, including local holidays. Carnaval is celebrated February 3rd through February 8th. Easter, called Semana Santa, is in March or April (based on the Catholic Church calendar) and Cinco de Mayo is held every year on May 5th. Dia de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, is celebrated from October 31st through November 2nd. Noche Buena or Holy Night is celebrated on December 24th and Navidad or Christmas is celebrated on December 25th.
Each of these special elements help to make Mexico culture what it truly is. The people are welcoming, constantly smiling and greeting you as you walk down the streets. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself wanting to join in the dancing and the fiestas. The feeling of happiness is one of the many qualities that make this culture so unique.