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Carnival Time!

For Catholics, Lent is a 40 day time period, during which the faithful practice repentance, fasting, and preparation for Easter. The week before Lent is to begin, many places in the world hold festivals of all-out decadence. In New Orleans they celebrate Mardi Gras, Rio de Janeiro has Carnival, and in Mexico, there’s Carnaval. This […]

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Las doce uvas de la suerte: The twelve grapes of luck

Did you share a kiss with a loved one, make a toast or take a sip of champagne at the stroke of midnight on December 31st, 2017? These are all traditional ways to welcome in the new year in the United States. In Mexico, the same things may be happening, but there are a number […]

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The tradition of giving thanks in Mexico

Thanksgiving, as we know it, is not an internationally recognized holiday. In the United States, our ancestors selected this day in November hundreds of years ago to mark the end of the harvest season, and to display their gratitude for the bounty that it had provided. They celebrated by sharing a feast with their family […]

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Dia de la Independencia: Mexican Independence Day

Before the Spanish conquistadors arrived in 1519 with the goal of colonizing the territory that would later become Mexico, the country was populated by a large number of Indian tribes that were quite different from one another in every aspect. Each group had its own unique identity that varied widely on everything from religious practices […]

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Summertime in Mexico

It’s not uncommon in the dreary, cold winter months to start dreaming about a spending a week sunning yourself on one of the many beautiful beaches in Mexico. Destinations like Cancun, Acapulco and Cozumel are all popular resort towns where you can find white, sandy beaches, turquoise waters and palm trees swaying in the warm […]

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Cinco de Mayo

How did you celebrate the 5th of May, or as it’s more commonly known, Cinco de Mayo? Did you attend a party, go out to a Mexican restaurant or perhaps fill a pinata full of candy for the kids? As it becomes increasingly popular to celebrate this holiday throughout the U.S. regardless of one’s ethnic […]

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Easter in Mexico

My fascination and appreciation for Mexico grew at an early age. One of my favorite parts of taking trips there is meeting the locals. I’ve found Mexican people to be passionate about family, celebrations and tradition. Although they have a strong sense of who they are and of their ancestry, they are also warm and […]

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El Dia de Los Muertos: The Day of the Dead

The Mexican people have a beautiful tradition surrounding their loved ones who have passed on. El Dia de los Muertos, or The Day of the Dead, has its roots deep in history, perhaps dating as far back as Aztec times, and has evolved into a national holiday throughout the country as well as other parts […]

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Missing in a foreign land

In chapter two of Jane Rosenthal’s novel, “Palace of the Blue Butterfly,” Lili starts the search for her missing sister, Vivienne. Anytime someone disappears, it’s terrifying for those left behind, and time is of the essence. But the choice to set her story in a foreign country allows Rosenthal to add even more levels of […]

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How Jane Rosenthal hooks her readers in the first chapter of Palace of the Blue Butterfly

The story opens with the reader being plunked down into the exotic land of Mexico. Rosenthal engages all the senses with vivid descriptions that pull the reader into the scene as the main character, Lili, takes a taxi ride from the airport to her sister Vivienne’s home in Mexico City. Lili is here because she’s […]

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