Things you didn’t know about Mexican culture
For centuries, Mexico has captivated visitors with its rich culture and warm hospitality.
From heartfelt greetings and a wide array of ancient traditions to lively music and world-renowned cuisine, Mexicans have a remarkable talent for creating unforgettable moments and cherished memories.
There are many fascinating aspects of Mexico that often go unnoticed by most tourists.
Mexico’s Linguistic Diversity
Mexico takes pride in representing a vast tapestry of diverse cultures and a multitude of languages. Mexico is home to an astonishing 68 officially recognized languages, reflecting its rich tapestry of indigenous cultures.
Indigenous communities, totaling 15.7 million people and comprising nearly 15% of the population, contribute to this linguistic mosaic, showcasing Mexico’s commitment to preserving its cultural heritage.
Mexico’s Breathtaking Biodiversity
Mexico stands out as one of the world’s most biologically diverse countries, earning its place among the elite group known as “mega-diverse” nations. This category includes only 12 countries, which collectively host 70% of the world’s plant and animal species.
The Mariachi Magic
No Mexican vacation would be complete without the lively Mariachi band serenading your evenings. These vibrant musical performances are an integral part of Mexican culture and have earned recognition as part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.
A Culinary Fiesta
Exploring Mexican culture extends to its cuisine.
Mexican food has gained global acclaim for its mouthwatering flavors and rich ingredients. Dining out in Mexico isn’t just a meal, it’s an unforgettable experience, recognized as another element of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.
Pyramids of Mexico
Mexico boasts a treasure trove of ancient ruins, including two of the world’s largest pyramids. The Kukulkan Pyramid in Chichen Itza and the Pyramid of the Sun in Teotihuacán, both stand as testaments to Mexico’s ancient civilizations.
Artists’ Tax Perks
Mexico has a unique program that allows artists to pay their taxes with their artwork. Instead of making traditional cash payments to cover their tax liabilities, artists can contribute their artwork to the government.
This artwork is often displayed in public spaces or government buildings, showcasing the vibrant artistic culture of Mexico and providing artists with a creative way to meet their tax obligations.
This program is designed to support and promote the arts in Mexico while also recognizing the contributions of artists to the cultural heritage of the country.
Tequila’s Mexican Legacy
Tequila, the beloved agave-based spirit, has deep roots in Mexico. International trademark rights granted to Mexico in the 1970s ensure that tequila enjoyed worldwide originates from the heartland of Mexico.
The government’s steadfast commitment to preserving tequila’s heritage makes it illegal to produce this iconic drink outside of the Mexican state of Jalisco.