Gathering Together: Mexico
In Mexico, families are important and they influence both public and private life. Additionally, families usually have and attend various ceremonies, rituals and festivals, regardless of one’s age. Some of these ceremonies include lavish weddings, posadas, and quinceaneras. Mexican ceremonies feature a lot of food, live music, and colorful celebrations. However, we could not find details on the most common places where people gather. Below is a methodology that we used to find this information.
We started the search by searching for precompiled information on people gatherings in Mexico. However, since we could not find precompiled information on the subject, we adopted several strategies. The first strategy was to check for information from local media and magazines such as Re Vista C2 and Mex Connect. Our objective was to identify the most common gathering locations. However, this strategy was not as successful as these resources focused only on traditions and provided a general overview of fiestas and carnivals.
The second strategy was to check for information in websites and encyclopedias that are dedicated to traditions and culture such as Live Sciences and Cultural Atlas. However, most of the details available were a general overview of traditions and culture relating to the Mexican community, with little focus on the common locations of these events.
The final strategy was to check for statistics relating to each segment of gathering places. The segments of gathering places include plazas, parks, museums, theaters, churches, street fairs, and carnivals. In this case, we looked at credible sources that provide statistical information such as Pew Research and Statista. However, this search strategy was also unsuccessful.
Our conclusion is that information on the most common locations differs because most celebrations are seasonal, which will influence the exact location of the gathering.
WHERE PEOPLE IN MEXICO GATHER TOGETHER AND CONGREGATE
Family is an important element in the Mexican society, and family ties influence both the public and private life of an individual. Additionally, Mexican families have frequent celebrations, ceremonies, and rituals which bring together various members, given that these events are attended by everyone from children, teenagers, adults to the elderly.
COMMON FAMILY GATHERINGS
There are various common family gatherings in Mexico. Some of these include:
- Regular family meetings whereby members visit each other for weekly lunch, dinner or brunch. These types of meetings are very common in Mexico and are held in homes.
- Quinceanera: This is a celebration to mark the 15th birthday of girls in the family. The celebrations usually involve a special mass in church, and later there is a reception in a ballroom or reception hall.
- Lavish wedding ceremonies: Mexican wedding ceremonies are lavish and rich in history and tradition. Some of these traditions including honoring family and friends with sponsorship roles, promising to take care of each other and welcoming each other. They also involve a church ceremony, followed by receptions in reception halls or ballrooms.
Various religious festivities are observed as part of Mexican traditions. Examples of these include:
- Pre-Lenten Carnival
- Christmas holidays (Las Posadas—lasting from December 16 to Christmas Eve, December 24)
- Pilgrimages/Fiestas of December 12
- Day of the Dead
- Patron saints festivals.
Holidays in Mexico are celebrated in various locations:
- On December 12th, there is a fiesta and pilgrimages in the name of Virgin of Guadalupe. Celebrations are usually held at the main cathedral built in her honor or temples and churches across the country dedicated to her.
- Festival of patron saints: Families will often travel for celebrations in towns that host annual celebrations with peregrinations for their patron saints.
- Pre-Lenten Carnival: Families will often gather in venues of carnivals.
- Posadas: These are held in schools and people’s homes and neighborhoods.
- Day of the Dead: These festivities are held in the respective homes of people, since they are a family affair.
Mexicans are highly active in street parties that feature live music, lots of food, and colorful decorations. Such street parties are organized for Mexican holidays such as Independence Day. Large crowds are also present during fairs on days before and after a patron saint's birthday. In plazas across Mexico, there are mariachis that are always waiting to be hired.
Some of the major venues for cultural and art events include museums and universities. Most families or groups of friends also prefer to spend their evenings watching television at home. Examples of popular shows include musical variety shows, sports events, movies, game shows and telenovelas. The most watched sport is football (soccer), which is loved by a majority of Mexicans. Additionally, most of them also play the game on weekends in sports clubs where swimming, tennis, and hockey are also played. Amusement and theme parks in Mexico are some of the most visited in Latin America, with 2.61 million visitors in 2017.