14 February 2013
Mexican and College Culture
The word culture comes from the Latin “cultura” that means cultivation or improvement. It is the way that a person can improve through education, and ideals from other people. Nowadays, culture defines a group of people with the same interest and traditions. Mexican and college culture have many characteristics but the three more significant characteristics between the two cultures are values, beliefs, and important objects.
I was born and spent 24 years living in Mexico so I can say that Mexico has many traditions and ideals in its culture and the three are consider very significant in this culture like values, beliefs, and important objects. One of the most important values in the Mexican culture is the family. Family values play an important role in the Mexican culture that allow members of every family live close and take care of each other almost until that member dies. For example, in my family my grandmother that is 95 years old her daughters that live in the same city they take turns every week to take care of their mom so she will not be alone at any time. Beliefs in Mexican culture are very powerful especially for Catholics. One symbol that is very significant in the Mexican culture is the Virgin Mary or “Virgen de Guadalupe” as she is known in Mexico. For example, every December 12 is consider the Virgin Mary’s birthday in Mexico, and followers take long walks to the Basilica in Mexico City and when they are close to the place they get inside the Basilica walking on their knees and a lot of them get really hurt by that. In Mexican culture people appreciate what it is made in Mexico. Mexicans feel proud when they see objects such as plates, zarapes, or popular beers that are marked with the label “Hecho en Mexico” or Made in Mexico because they think that their nation contributes to the world. A vivid example of this is that some Mexican people...
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