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Mexican Christmas Decor
Christmas in Spain - Spanish Christmas Traditions - don Quijote
While riding the public bus past a church in Cancun , Mexican passengers make a relaxed fist gesturing the sign of the cross and then kiss their thumb as a sign of respect for the church. With a strong Catholic influence inherited from Spain, Mexico is alive with religious traditions. Rich in traditional festivities , a Mexican Christmas is filled with wonder. The Christmas holiday in Mexico continues through January 6th, which is El Dia de los Reyes day of the kings or the wise men. Traditionally, this is the day Mexican children received their gifts, but with growing international influence, they sometimes receive gifts on both Christmas Day and Dia de los Reyes.
Christmas in Spain
Each year, the Peruvian province of Chumbivilcas hosts the vibrant Christmastime festival of Takanakuy. High up in the Andes Mountains, at an elevation of around 3,m in the well-known Cusco region, communities get together for celebrations involving music, dancing, drinking, eating and brightly coloured costumes. Entire towns congregate around sporting arenas to watch members of the community fight each other. People of all ages enter the ring, from young children to the elderly, and participation is open to women and men alike.
Host Steve Curwood recalls the Legend of the Poinsettia, or how the flower came to be considered the official Christmas flower in Mexico. It's called The Legend of the Poinsettia. Pepita was a little girl who lived in the small village of San Pancho, Mexico, hundreds of years ago. Pepita's parents were farmers and they were very poor, and as Christmas approached, Pepita's mother and father became sick.