Mexican Customs that Have Spread Throughout the United States

  • Bull Fighting – Bullfighting is synonymous with Mexico. Known as Charreria in Mexico, the tradition attracts more than 40,000 spectators when held at the Plaza Mexico. Texas was the first to adopt bullfighting and the sport is slowly gaining popularity in other parts of the US.
  • Piñatas – Another Mexican custom is the use of piñatas to hold candy and trinkets among other goods. The piñatas are paper structures shaped like an animal and they are hung from a high place during a fiesta or celebration. Children are encouraged to swing at the hung piñatas with a bat while blindfolded to release the candies of hidden goodies. The practice is now so common in US making it an exciting Mexican tradition.
  • Siestas – You might think that an afternoon nap was always in the United States traditions. However, a short nap after the midday meal was introduced to Americans by the Mexicans. It has become so common that you may not think of it as something from another country.
  • Dia De Los Muertos – The day of the dead is a Mexican holiday that takes place on 1st and 2nd November. The celebration involves cooking, night vigils, and bright colors.

There is so much more than Mexicans have brought to the United States, and the Americans have adopted most of their traditions and food. Some of the traditions and cuisines, such as tacos, have spread to other parts of the world as well.

Not only have Mexican cultures infiltrated the American culture but the number of Latinos has also increased significantly. In Wilder, Idaho, for instance, more than 76 percent of the population are Latinos. The population brings with them tortillas and other Mexican foods.

At Double Eagle Mesilla, we look at the Mexicans in the United States, their cultures, traditions, festivals, and food. There is a reason why Mexican cuisines are popular in the United States and that is what we explore here.

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