Mexican culture is considered to be one of the most captivating in the world. It is derived from the enriching blend of the native Mexican culture with the other migrant cultures, predominantly the Spanish.
The Mexican culture originated more than 10,000 years ago and is respected as the ‘cradle of civilization’. The word Mexico is derived from ‘Mexica’ which denotes the indigenous people who first settled in the region. These groups are better known as the Aztecs, and the Aztec ruins are famous all over the world.
However, in the last few decades, the Mexican culture has undergone a tremendous transformation. Mexico has become one of the most populous countries (in terms of population density) in the world and embraces people from different ethnic backgrounds. The majority of people in Mexico speak Spanish and about 6% people in the country speak other aboriginal languages such as Nahuatl, Mayan, etc.
Religious and Family Values
More than 80% of people in Mexico are Catholic and the church plays a very important part in the lives of the people, however, the country is a secular. The culture in Mexico is shaped by their religious values which give most importance to family. The Mexicans generally have large families and the relationship between the family members is strong. There is also a strong sense of responsibility towards the family members.
Art and Music
The people in Mexico love music and enjoy a wide spectrum of music genres which include traditional music forms like Mariachi, Norteño, Huapango, Banda, Corridos, etc and also the modern rock and pop. Folk songs and dance are performed at festivals, marriages and other ceremonies and the Mexican people take great pride in them.
The varied art forms in the country are appreciated all over the world and Mexico has produced many great artists like Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco, etc.
The Mexicans generally shake hands or bow slightly while greeting each other. Also, women generally do not shake hands. They also hold a gesture longer than the Americans which may make the outsiders a bit uncomfortable. Remember, it is a good gesture to try and speak Spanish (maybe a few words)and will win you many friends.