Mexico is a beautiful country with a rich diversity of people, cuisine, and architecture. I’m providing you a handful of interesting facts about all things Mexico. I hope that you enjoy, and appreciate of the beauty of this country.
1. Its official name is United Mexican States
The official name of Mexico is: United Mexican States. According with Historians, the word Mexico comes from the word “Mexica” the name of the Aztec Empire which in Nahuatl (Aztec language) means “navel of the moon”.
2. The Poinsettia (Noche Buena) is Mexican
The Poinsettia has its origins from Mexico. This lovely plant is known in Spanish as Noche Buena (Good Night). Internationally it was given the name of Poinsettia due to Joel Robert Poinsett, the first United States Ambassador to Mexico around the year 1820.
3. Mexico has the largest Spanish speaking population
Mexico is the country with the most Spanish speakers in the world, with more than 125 million speakers. However, the Spanish language is not the official tongue of Mexico. In fact, there are 68 indigenous languages that Mexicans speak.
4. The Chapultepec Castle was inhabited by European royalty
The Chapultepec Castle, in Mexico City, is the only construction on the American continent that was inhabited by royalty. Maximilian of Habsburg and his wife Carlota were Emperors of Mexico between 1863-1867, a chapter in history known as the “Second Empire” which was leaded by Napoleon of France to get more influence in the continent.
5. Mexico has more than 200,000 species of animals and plants
The country occupies the 4th place among the countries of the world with the highest biodiversity, since it has about 10-12% of the world’s terrestrial diversity.
6. Mexico City was founded on the middle of the lake Texcoco
Mexico City was built over the ruins of Tenochtitlan, an Aztec city that was founded on an island on the lake Texoco. Nowadays, Mexico City is sinking with an average of 6 inches every year because the soil is unstable.
7. Mexican cuisine is part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity
Mexican gastronomy has been considered Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO since 2010. Mexico introduced to the world: chocolate, corn, chilies, tomato, vanilla, and more.
8. Cinco de Mayo is not its Independence Day, as many people think…
The Independence of Mexico is celebrated on September 16th. The festivities start on the night of September 15th with “El Grito de Dolores” (Shout of Dolores). This celebration includes fireworks, music, food, dancing and a street parade the next day (September 16th).
9. The Day of the Dead
The Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) is one of the main traditions in Mexico. This celebration last 3 days, from October 31st to November 2nd. This tradition celebrates the life and the remembrance of the loved ones that have passed away. It is really common that families place shrines at homes, light up the graveyards with candles and play music. In Mexico City, there is a big street parade to celebrate this tradition.
10. Is one of the most visited countries in the world
Mexico is the 6th most visited country in the world, with 45 million visitors in 2019. Besides popular tourist destinations such as Cancún, and Los Cabos; Mexico City is still one of the most visited places. This is because the city has a plethora of historical monuments and places to see, and over 155 museums to visit.
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