Saturday, March 28, 2009

What Food Do Mexicans Eat on Mexican Holidays

By KC Kudra

Food is an essential component in Mexican holidays and no self-respecting Mexican would celebrate one of his national holidays without enjoying the very best Mexican cuisine and Mexican drinks. One holiday that you might have heard about is Day of the Dead, which is on November 1 and 2. This holiday is when families get together to remember their dead loved ones.

The traditions followed on this holiday include building altars to honor the dead and visiting their graves with gifts of the deceased's favorite foods and drinks.

Cinco de Mayo is another well-known Mexican holiday. This is a regional holiday in Mexico, especially in the Puebla region. This Mexican holiday commemorates the Mexican victory over the French in 1862's Battle of Puebla.

Some people wrongly assume that Cinco de Mayo is Mexico's Independence Day but their Independence Day is actually September 16. Independence Day is the most important national holiday in Mexico.

Mouthwatering Mexican Holiday Foods

Certain foods are enjoyed on certain Mexican holidays but with a lot of holidays, such as Cinco de Mayo, Mexicans just prepare their favorite dishes rather than being limited to a specific meal. Mexican cookery combines Aztec, Mayan, traditional Mexical, Caribbean, French and Spanish influences amongst others and Mexicans are understandably proud of their culinary heritage.

Often, the women will get together and prepare plenty of food for their Mexican holidays. Tamales are associated with Mexican celebrations because they take a long time to make. This is the reason why tamales are often made just a few times a year, in big batches. Steamed tamales often feature at Mexican parties.

You will find Mexican wedding cakes and Mexican wedding cookies at weddings but also at other celebrations. Rosca de Reyes is enjoyed on January 6. This is a tasty festive bread, which is shaped like a wreath. It is decorated with lemon, cherries, mango and candied figs and it contains a tiny baby Jesus doll. If you find the baby Jesus in your slice of cake, you have to make the food for Candlemas, on February 2.

Mexican Holiday Drinks

Mexicans do enjoy Mexican beer and tequila but that is certainly not all. Rompope is a drink a bit like eggnog flavored with rum, cinnamon, and almonds. This thick, frothy confection is often enjoyed on Mexican holidays.

Atole is another rich, thick drink, which you might enjoy on a Mexican holiday with any meal. It is sweetened with brown sugar, flavored with cinnamon, and topped with fruit slices.

A lot of people do not know how easy Mexican recipes are to make. Real Mexican food is not all about tacos and nachos and most of the real gems of Mexican cuisine are something that few people are familiar with. Another thing - Mexican holidays are not the only time you can enjoy this delicious cuisine!

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