Bakeries produce special bread called pan de muerto (bread of the dead) in the shape of people or bones, decorated with pink or colorful sugar. Candy stores also sell skulls made of sugar or chocolate, adorned with names, for both children and adults to
One challenge I think is very big for Mexican immigrants or any immigrant in general is learning a new language. Having to learn the language can take a very long time to be able to do this can affect their lives in many ways, for example; not knowing English or any other language, but their own can affect many things such as their education, getting a job, or even trying to fix family relationships. Many immigrant parents force their children to learn the new language of the country they migrated to which may give them a life a bit easier. Education is another challenge Mexican immigrants face while living in the US. When they first start out they have very low levels and even low Socioeconomic status (SES).
Mexican cuisine incorporates the cooking of ancient Aztec and Mayan Indians with ingredients and cooking techniques that originated from all over the world to create its unmistakable flavor. Each region in Mexico has its own type of food. Meat dishes are popular in the north, while in the south more dishes with vegetables and chicken are common. Communities along the sea enjoy a lot of seafood dishes. Some Mexican recipes incorporate influences from South America, the Caribbean and Africa.
Unlike Halloween, though, they don't knock on doors. El Día de los muertos is and why it is an important holiday to most Spanish speaking persons in Mexico and other Spanish speaking nations. You should also have gained knowledge of the history of the holiday, where it originated from. You should also be experts at two of the traditions associated with the holiday and able to explain what they are and why they are important. Although it may seem like such an odd way to celebrate, remember that different cultures have different values and thought
has always been a topic of confusion and hush amongst members , I know for certain that my grandparents first moved to town in roughly the 1950s. Indeed, reflecting on it now I realize how important this was to the development of cultural identity in my family. To be clear, though my family is Mexican-American, there has always been a cultural divide felt between our Mexican heritage and simultaneous status as Americans. Though my grandparents and the generations before them all spoke Spanish and engaged in traditional Mexican festivities, my grandparents did not pass this on to my mother and so my siblings and I never were able to gain this sense of culture. When I grew older, I recall asking my grandmother why she never chose to share this side of our culture with my mother, to which she explained that it simply was not acceptable at the time in which she developed for a Mexican in America to act anything other than completely assimilated.
One of the things that was most difficult for me was to get used to the food it tastes different specially tortillas, cheese, corn, beans and ham but also here the food tastes really good, food that I had never tasted where I live before. I fit into the Hispanic community, through participating in traditions, playing music, cooking food. In the first way I fit in the Hispanic community is by participating in traditions which is very important for my family. For example one of the traditions we follow is Quinseñeras; XV is a party that is made for a girl when she turns fifteen, in that celebration first she goes to church to thank god for turning fifteen and when it’s
When you enter you can smell the seasoned meat mixed with hot spices and “tortillas”. For me, a true Mexican Taco consists of meat, corn tortillas, and condiments like onions, lime, cilantro, maybe chiles, and either a special green or red sauce (salsa). Now, you may ask, how did this famous dish came to be about? Well that’s where it becomes interesting; tacos were made as a way to make money in Mexico which lead to the spread of this cuisine from Latin American to the United States and caused a modification in the cuisine in order to fulfill other cultures in their preferences. For instance, I’ve visited Guerrero, Mexico twice; one time alone and the second time with my sister and my cousins.
The Mexican migration to America, although great, would later bring on much disappointment to those who decided to come to America. They faced unkind treatment and were not as welcomed as the European immigrants. They also held the worst of jobs that were available and where they were forced to live most often was utterly undesirable. Mexican people immigrated to America with glorious dreams of a new and improved escape from their old lives, but in doing so, they faced persistent struggles with racism, working and living
Mexicans arrange this festival through several ways, including decorating the graves, eating special shaped foods, and attending parades. Bakeries supply skull-shaped bread and other sweets, while local shops provide related goods for the sacred days. Marigolds and other flowers are used to honor the dead, and Mexicans with colorful costumes take part in parades. Lopez (2015) commented that ‘it’s a day for families to remember their loved ones who are dead. They create altars in their homes with candles and flowers, and they also go visit their loved ones at the cemetery.’ From beautiful decorations to sugar skulls, we can tell just by the preparations that this festival means a lot to the people of Mexico.
This paper will examine my Mexican American cultural background and how it affects my way of communicating with others. The Mexican American society is rich with culture, traditions, folklore, and religion. These major influences are especially seen in the Los Angeles area. This area is rich in music, food, and customs of the Mexican culture. Here is where the majority of the Spanish language is spoken.