By Angela Padron

The largest Hispanic group represented in the U.S. is Mexican, which comes as no surprise considering the country’s proximity to the United States. As a result, there is a large influence of Hispanic culture throughout the U.S., especially in states closer to the country’s border, such as Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and California.

Mexican food is very popular in the United States. Foods like tacos and fajitas that include meat, rice, and cheese inside a flour or corn tortilla are often eaten at Mexican restaurants. Other Mexican foods include enchiladas, empanadas, and quesadillas are also found on menus. The country is well-known for its tequila and many people enjoy eating spicy foods as well.

Mariachi is a recognizable form of music and entertainment in Mexican culture that originated in the southern part of the country in the 19th century. Musicians wear large sombreros adorned with embroidery and silver-studded charro suits while playing violins, guitars, basses, five-stringed guitar called vihuelas and trumpets.

Mariachi

Mariachis perform during the carnival of the Day of the Dead in Oaxaca Mexico on November 02 2015. The Day of the Dead is one of the most popular holidays in Mexico.

Folk art in Mexico includes clay pottery, embroidered cotton garments, wool shawls and serapes, or a large blanket-type cape. Some people in rural areas also make colorful baskets and rugs. Diego Rivera and Frida Khalo are two of the most famous Mexican artists who used bright colors in their work. In addition, several places in Mexico still preserve the history and culture of its native people, such as the Mayan and Aztec Indians.

Mexican Crafts

Tarahumara Made Souvenirs, Copper Canyons in Chihuahua, Mexico.

Several holidays continue to be a tradition in Mexico. For example, on December 12, people in Mexico celebrate the Feat of Our Lady of Guadalupe to celebrate the patron saint Virgin Mary who appeared to an Indians.

Several holidays continue to be a tradition in Mexico. For example, on December 12, people in Mexico celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe to celebrate the patron saint Virgin Mary who appeared to an Indian man in the first years of Spanish rule. The Day of the Dead is celebrated on November 2 to remember and honor those who have died. Carnival, which is a large festival to mark the period of time before Lent, is also celebrated in many other Hispanic countries. One well-known Mexican holiday is celebrated on the 5th of May. Known as Cinco de Mayo, it celebrates the day when the Mexican military was victorious over French troops in 1862.

With such a large population of Mexican immigrants to the United States, it’s no wonder why and how many people in the United States partake in several aspects of the Mexican culture.

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