Mexico: culture, tradition and spectacle

Mexico is one of the countries in the world with the most important cultural tourism. In this section you can find some facts and figures about Mexico, its population, languages and currency, but you will also learn a little bit about what makes us tick.

Culture and Cuisine

The cultural, geographical and historical wealth of Mexico can be seen through its tourist destinations, cuisine, architecture, traditions and the folklore which make us who we are.

Mariachi is a Mexican musical tradition and a fundamental part of our culture. It is handed down from generation to generation and plays a major role in religious events and festivities. Mariachi music helps strengthen our sense of identity and consolidates values which promote respect to the country’s history. In 2011, it was added to UNESCO’s Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

You can’t say you know a place until you have tried its food. Mexico has one of the most varied and delicious cuisines in the world. Beyond tacos and guacamole, you can find a variety of culinary traditions throughout the country. Mexican cooking is a cultural model, encompassing everything from ancient practices and rituals to culinary techniques and customs used by our ancestors. That is why, in 2010, UNESCO added Mexican food to its Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage.


Since pre-Hispanic times, religious festivals have been a fundamental part of life in Mexico. Catholicism found in Mexico a fertile and syncretic place, elements which have become a quintessential part of the Mexican identity.

You will be taken aback by the carnivals, musical parades and celebrations full of grief and joy, such as the Day of the Dead, when people in Mexico erect altars in their homes to honor those who have passed on.


From events that reflect our heritage to the most modern concerts and shows, Mexico knows all about having fun. One of the most entertaining ways in which to learn about the roots of our culture is through entertainment. It is a tour through the history and folklore of Mexico, through the different regions in the country. The carnivals that are full of vitality and the colorful promenades found in every port. There are lots of festivals to celebrate holidays or to welcome a new season, with each having its own spectacles and shows.

As well as festivals, the larger cities in Mexico are where the best entertainment options are to be found. In places such as Guadalajara, Monterrey or Mexico City, you will find outstanding theaters, forums, arenas, auditoriums and stadiums housing the best sporting events, concerts and cultural activities which are fun for locals and visitors alike


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