Traditions and holidays

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 3 19 /09 /Sep /2012 08:00


Theoretically, the super production will be released on the screens the mexican may 5, 2013. The film is predominantly funded by the government of Puebla who has typed in the funds of the 150ThAnniversary of the eponymous battle. The everything is filmed by the Treeesss Famous Churubusco studios. Nine weeks of filming on place, replenishment of the fighting, extras by hundreds, and almost a year of post-production, that is for the encrypted part. The actors are all very famous in Mexico, and a love story - mandatory! - Will be at the heart of the film. Tadam!


You will say to me: " Ok, very friendly tone info, but they don't care a bit, and then first, what has happened the May 5, 1862 ? " (Yes, because you are scholars, otherwise you do not read this blog, and therefore you know necessarily that the Battle of Puebla took place in 1862! ).


If you've been to Mexico, you will note that all cities have a street called "Calle 5 de mayo". A kind of national pride! And the rest of us, French, when we ask why this date, we chuckled squarely in the face, Mexican side… And for good reason!


For the only time in Mexican history, the army commanded by Ignacio Zaragoza has scuppered a monumental daylights to the French of the Second Empire led by Charles Ferdinand Latrille, during the Second French Intervention in the country. Of course, blah blah blah, it prides itself a lot among the Mexicans, forgetting a very small detail of nothing: it is only after this plucked, the Gauls are income to the attack and have managed to achieve the Second Mexican Empire, but chuuuuttttt, ca must not say, otherwise ca offended!


All of this info, just to advise you to adopt the low-profile, French arrogant, when you talked about the "5 de mayo" in Mexico, and to remain Prostrate among you the May 5, 2013 , history of do not go flout the Mexicans who will go to mass see the film, there is no doubt… but good, for once, when the French are spending money to Mexicans for a film, we will not ignore their and our pleasure! And then I wanted to spread my science a little, once is not custom… (the first unpleasant comment, you are removed from this blog! ).


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Saturday, September 15, 2012 6 15 /09 /Sep /2012 08:00



The Piñata is a ball made of clay or cardboard, covered with papier mâché and that must be broken, because it contains sweets, fruits, and various sweets. It is suspended by a rope to a beam, then to be broken with a stick. It is the object of all Mexican holidays, birthdays or other celebrations, Christmas, a day nuevo (new year), etc…


The legend says that the Piñata was in fact introduced by the Spanish conquistadors who, as well, evangelised these hostile lands in entertaining fashion. The "spikes" of the Piñata are supposed to represent the seven capital sins and must be broken by the innocent souls (of children), to release the evil, and obtain the gift of the sky (the gifts inside). In fact, the traditional Piñata is round in shape, star, with seven "spikes". But today, there are many other forms, in animals, sheep, horses, dogs, etc…


The Piñata has become famous in the world today, and the United States, in Spain, or even in France, it is an essential part of successful anniversaries. Without that no one in control the history or the past, and retain just the festive aspect.


First Piñata for Alan


Credit for this photo: Ernesto Slim - Diana broke the pinata

In Mexico, while the a breaking the pinata, the singing the next song:

" Dale, dale, dale,

No pierdas el tino

MIDE the distancia

That hay in El camino

Dale, dale, dale,

No pierdas el tino

Because if lo pierdes

El camino Pierdes "

You can listen to it in this video:

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Saturday, July 21, 2012 6 21 /07 /Jul /2012 08:00



It is a must attend event of the cultural life oaxaqueña that you absolutely cannot be missed: the Guelaguetza. Or "the fiesta de los Lunes del Cerro " .Always end of July, these colorful celebrations are also responsible for meaning. The word, original Zapotec, means the willingness to offer, to share. Make the Guelaguetza, on a daily basis, earth Zapotec has a true meaning: it is the time to help a family in need (poverty, concern for health of one of its members, death) or in the happy event (marriage, baptism, feast of 15 years for young girls). Formerly, there was a real obligation to "make" the Guelaguetza, but the practice has a tendency to wane, and sometimes there is no today to height of what has been received. The tradition also wanted that, in the communities, we offer rather of Chile (chili), frijoles (beans), and the but. Some consider that the Guelaguetza is also an act of rebellion of the natives face to the white race.

Each of the eight regions that constitute the State of Oaxaca are represented, and proudly display their traditional dress. The eight regions are: The Costa Chica, Cañada, Papaloapan, The Mixteca, Sierra On, Sierra Norte, Valles Central,' cooperative UCIRI Tehuantepec. Dances, songs, live performances mimes of popular scenes, the spectators of the Guelaguetza in take full the eyes. The edition 2012 still seems as promising, and even more, as it celebrates this year the 80Th Anniversary. Will be added to the existing and known celebrations the culinary demonstrations (including a contest of "Mole", yum).

I you join the video (second part) that I had turned in two episodes there is three years. Please excuse the amateur aspect, but I think that the atmosphere is at least transcribed…

The Guelaguetza is modernized and is present on Facebook: Https://

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Saturday, July 14, 2012 6 14 /07 /Jul /2012 5:20 PM


Of course, this is the kind of article that the girls are tempted to "zapper" immediately! Hep, hep, hep, do not leave any of following, babes! Ok, I am talking about an athlete but a) this is not just any, b) there is the people in this paper. Without forgetting that there is especially of the marriage in the air, romantic to desire.

All of these precautions prior to warn you that this paper admittedly talk of the best player of the Eurocopa 2012, I appointed Andres Iniesta, but especially of her marriage with Anna Ortiz. The official ceremony was held on 11 July in Tarragona, and as soon is complete, the couple flew in honeymoon trip to Cancun, Mexico. So far, nothing that very mundane. We know that they are housed in a beautiful hotel in Riviera Maya, 80 kilometers from Cancun, next to Playa de Carmen and opposite the island of Cozumel. People to desire, I say to you! And even more glamour if that is possible, we also know that they have decided to "re-marry" in Mexico, following the precepts of a Mayan ceremony, which combines the but and the cocoa, symbols of this pre-Hispanic culture.

It is this Thursday, July 12 that the ceremonial took place, in the presence of a "curandero" (a masseur) on the occasion of a private ceremony with the friends of the couple. Andres and Anna, according to the rumours, had given great care in its preparation.

The but, in the Mayan marriages, represents the beginning of life in common, and the cocoa - the base of the chocolate - represents the love. Sign of commitment, the marie returns to his wife grains of maize (such as what, it will meet the needs of the family, no. how!) and cocoa (symbols of love and union). The wife submits to her husband a "tortilla" and grains of cocoa.

Glam' to the max, non?

Ok, less glam', the fact that during the ritual, the torque is forced to drink the " Balche ", A liqueur of bee honey and the bark of trees served in a pumpkin dried. In all, the Mayan ceremony lasts about thirty minutes, is celebrated in maya original, and has the objective to unite "spiritually" the couple before the universal creator and under the blessing of the gods. The mystical ritual says honor the "Mother Earth" (Madre Tierra) through the four elements: fire, water, earth and wind. The altars represent the four cardinal points, and are adorned with candles, flowers, and the famous "balche". At the conclusion of the ceremony, the new couple is presented to the guests who form a circle and their casts of flowers, while listening songs and prayers in maya.

If these rituals have no legal value, nevertheless, we note that they have proliferated in the entire area of the Caribbean in recent years.

You see girls that this article on a "athlete" Spanish had finally nothing of surly?

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Monday, April 16, 2012 1 16 /04 /Avr /2012 11:26 AM

First, and to answer the question that you are many and many to ask me: why is it called the children if late in Mexico? You need to know that our days are still, in the Chiapas including (for those who have not read my book "skeletons in sugar" or who do not have flood - they i have not cooked! ), it is expected that the children have the age of 5 years for the baptized, this due to a rate of infant mortality still remain high. Then, and especially "among us", they are often the financial and economic reasons which compel us to expect a "receipt of money" to proceed to the baptism. Because we are not kidding with these things in Mexico. After the ceremony (or you will notice that the children are dressed as married), it is "mole" for everyone, and big meals ... Not to mention the cure which is claiming its small sum to proceed (no how! ).

I thank the adorable Ernesto who sent me tons of pictures to make up for my absence, and which has enabled me to live this very important event for me, remotely. So here are some photos of the baptism of the lovely Diana, the lovely Roberto Carlos (said Bolo). Bou/, that I miss them!


The church of Santa María Tonameca


Diana is unrecognizable with his hair loops


God that she is beautiful!


With their patron, fateful moment, Bolo was not the air reassured and is eyeing on its big sister, as d'hab ...


The fate of married church. ... Oops, the baptized, i wanted to say, laughter!


My "poussin" has the air any intimidated ...

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