Mexican Culture

Mexico shares its northern border with the U.S., with desert separating each country. Most of Mexico is shielded by mountains, which include the Sierra Madre Oriental and Sierra Madre Occidental ranges. Descendants of the Aztecs and the Mayas, Mexicans enjoy a rich tradition of native legends, artistic expressions, and diverse cultures. The land of deserts, jungles, mountains, and beaches also offers some notable modern architecture and lively conversations at local town squares featuring food and craft markets.

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Mexican People and Community

In the past, Mexican families were quite large with approximately seven children, but today most urban Mexican families have an average of two. Mexican children generally have few responsibilities outside of studying. It is common for children to live with their parents until they marry and sometimes even after they marry. Families are usually the center of social life for many people. Some are quite large, including the extended family and unmarried children living at home. Parents can be protective, especially with girls. Actively helping people in need is important to local communities. Adult children are expected to take care of their elderly parents, especially the oldest male child. In indigenous communities especially, the elderly are respected.

Language and Communication Styles

Spanish is the official language of Mexico.

Food in Mexico

Mexican food is varied, flavorful and sometimes spicy. Tortillas, rice, beans, tacos, and quesadillas are staples. Common Mexican dishes include tortas (hollow rolls stuffed with meat, cheese, or beans), pozole (pork-and-hominy soup), birria (goat soup), and menudo (spicy tripe soup). Enchiladas are tortillas filled with meat and covered in a chili sauce. Tamales are cornmeal dough stuffed with meat, cheese, fruit, or other filling.  Mole, a thick, rich sauce from the Mexican state of Oaxaca is also very popular, and as well as delicious homemade fruit drinks.