Even though Mexico has become a country with modern cities and
comparable life styles to cosmopolitan cities as New York or Tokyo,
many of its habitants still treasure their traditions as the last
bastion of memories of past generations.
This would be the case of the
Christmas traditions, which remain in the Mexican homes as a refuge for the constant
Mexicans have experienced. In fact, Christmas
is for Mexicans an invaluable time to rest, remind, forgive and above all, to celebrate either the religious
aspect or the pure social aspect.
The preparations for the expected
Christmas usually start several weeks earlier. Mexican women
have a main role and under his command men, children,
whole family work together to make Christmas a
great time. While there
are countless traditions,
let's see some of the
Pastorelas. The Pastorelas are representations which takes
place in schools, streets and even in big
theatres. The story is
always the same: the eternal battle of the shepherds by getting to
know the child Jesus in the stable despite of the efforts by the forces of evil to prevent it.
However they have endless variations dotted with sarcastic references to social, political
and local events.
Aguinaldo. This custom is loved by children and consists in giving small baskets of sweets distributed
during the Posadas. For children, it would be equivalent to the Christmas
bonus given to the
Posadas. Eight days before
Christmas, these festivities take place every
night until Christmas Eve. In spite of younger generations that have transformed many Posadas in parties with modern music, most of traditional elements are
Procession, the famous Piñata and the singing of the Letania. The Letania is a small representation where half
of the people of the party remain outside of the house asking for accommodation for the
child Jesus. The people inside refuse them until is mentioned the child Jesus and
let them in. Delighting of both groups is represented by the last
Entren santos peregrinos,
Que aunque es pobre la morada, la
Saint pilgrims, pilgrims come
We give you this little corner
Although is poor dwelling
We give you from the bottom of our
Cena Navideñay Antojitos.
Christmas dinner and cravings
are important part of the celebration. Particular details depend on each
region of Mexico
but the more common would be: the Ponche, hot fruit drink (sugar cane, apple, orange, peach and others) sometimes with a bit of tequila or brandy, the Buñuelos, exquisite pieces of fritter bread with sugar, the Romeritos, prepared with vegetables and mole
old recipe, the
Tamales of corn dough stuffed with chicken or
pork meat, fruit
cakes and of course the main dish of
Christmas which generally is turkey, chicken or baked pork leg. It
is common to see many people in the churches late at night
before going back to home for
though Mexico has changed in this
remains as important matter for
After dinner, families interchange and open
Christmas gifts. Many
people invest heavy amounts of money saved during the year in this
A deeply rooted in traditional
families is singing to
the child Jesus.
They take a child Jesus doll and it is rocked in the arms or in blankets
A la rorro niño, a la rorro ya
La Piñata. The Piñata is a Mexican symbol that has spread in the
world. Brought to Mexico
by the Spanish
missionaries, plays an important role
in all Mexican
festivities. Both children and adults go in turns for hitting a Piñata hanging from ropes with a wooden
stick. The joy of the participants is complemented by a song:
I want neither to silver,
It is to break the Piñata.
The Piñata is made usually with cardboard and represents famous figures. It is full usually with fruit, sweets and even toys. It is
normal to break more than one Piñata.
Mexico is a country with many customs depending on the region. For example, we find in the South of the country
a custom named La rama, (The branch): Children decorate little branches and they went home at home singing in order to receive candies.
Even with the normal ups and downs of
all country from populous
towns such as
Mexico City, the
spectacular Cancun until
the more humble people of Mexico, all in this country make an effort in order to don't lose their traditions that fill them with great memories.