Since I studied in Guadalajara, Mexico, a lot of my experience and passion for the Spanish language and culture come from Mexico. Many of these holidays and customs also take place in other parts of the Spanish-speaking world. Please enjoy these glimpses into the culture of Mexico!

Mexico's Independence Day - September 16

Mexican president Felipe Hinojosa Calderon gives his last "Grito de Dolores", a Mexican tradition where the leader of each town rings the bell of the local "plaza" to honor the Mexican people and heroes who fought for the country's independence from Spain. The president rings the bell at the Municipal Palace in the country's capital, Mexico City.

This represents what Father Miguel Hidalgo did over 200 years ago to call his people to fight for their freedom in Guanajuato, Mexico (one of my favorite places in Mexico).

Grito de Dolores 2013

President Enrique Peña Nieto's first Grito de Dolores at the Palacio Nacional:


El Dia de Los Muertos - a short video on this special Mexican holiday (November 1-2):

Visit Mexican Town This Weekend! Celebrate El Día de los Muertos

Fun Skeleton Song:


Ceremony of change of power from Mexican President Felipe Hinojosa Calderón to new President Enrique Peña Nieto - December 2012

Las Posadas - December 16 - December 24

Las Posadas is a holiday celebration that begins on December 16 and lasts until December 24. Each night, for nine nights, families may travel from door to door in their neighborhoods singing a traditional song asking for shelter in the "inn". Each night, they are turned away by the family in the house, except on the last night when they are welcomed into the home. The families often celebrate with a party including a piñata. The children often dress up like angels, shepherds, and Mary and Joseph.

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El Día de Los Tres Reyes Magos - Three Kings Day - January 6

This is a Power Point presentation which describes some of the traditions of Three Kings Day.

Who will lead Venezuela? - March 2013

- USA Today article

New Pope from Argentina - NPR news article