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Mexico is a very wide country, with 115 millions of inhabitants: that means that one out of four Spanish speaking people is Mexican!

But the importance of Mexico is not just in these numbers. Over two thousand years, Mexico has been the cradle of numerous pre-Columbian civilizations, and that’s the reason why it has such an impressing archaeological heritage.

Besides India, Mexico is the country with the biggest ethnic diversity of the world: there are 60 national ethnic groups, not including the white population, the mixed race ones, and the foreigners.

Before the Spanish Conquista, there were many civilisations in Mexico, such as the Olmec, the Toltec, the Teotihuacan, the Zapotec, and the most known Maya and Aztec.

In 1521 the Spanish Empire conquered and colonised the territory, as you know, seeking the fabled El Dorado, and they unfortunately destroyed most of the civilisations and their settlements. But you can still see many pre-Colombian installations and constructions, such as the pyramids and other palaces in the north of the capital.

Thousands of tourists visit Mexico every year to take part in the Mexican festivities!

One of the most popular is the Día de los muertos: during the days of the 1st and 2nd of November, people visit their families graves. In these days the remembrance of the dead intertwines with a big festivity, with loads of images that symbolise death.

It is very common, for example, to eat marzipan skull shaped. The Mexican skull is in fact very well known nowadays, and you might see more than one person with a skull tattoo (nowadays it is a fashion symbol!).

Other important festivities are the Grito de Dolores, the night between 15th and 16th of September, the Cinco de Mayo, which is celebrated mostly in the city of Puebla, and the Cervantino, a culture festival in Guanajuato.

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Mexico is also known worldwide for its music. The most famous Mexican musical style between the tourists is the mariachi, whose band consists in violin, guitars and trumpets, and its singers traditionally have a powerful tenor voice.

The ranchera is another typical kind of music, whose band consists in guitar and wind instruments, and it is a more popular music.

We should also not forget about the norteña: the German immigrants introduced polka and waltz in Mexico, and the Mexican liked them so much that they “mexicanise” them creating the norteña.

And now, let’s talk about drinks!

As you surely know, tequila is the most famous one. It is a very strong liqueur, which is extracted from the agave, or from the maguey. Other typical drinks that are extracted from the agave are the mezcal and the pulque.

The mezcal is famous because it is served with a larva or “gusanito” at the bottom of the cup.

The pulque is the fermented juice of the plant, and it’s very ancient: it is drank in Mexico since the 200 A.D., but the difficulties to preserve it and to transport it in fresh conditions make it difficult to spread it beyond the country’s barriers.

What do you like the most about Mexico? Let us know!

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