All about Mexico!

In year 6, we have been researching Mexico and all the facsinating things about it. Read this useful website to become an expert in all things Mexican.

Day of the dead

The Day of the dead is a very important festival for Mexico's population. In the festival, the Mexicans remember their loved ones by singing, dancing and having feasts. They believe that if they left food on their graves, that they would eat it although it still might be there. This entertaining festival also includes making masks, altars, decorating the streets of this busy country and dressing up. Children in schools also participate by making masks aswell.

Food

Food is a huge part of this colourful festival. They make things like fajitas, enchiladas, pan de muerto and a range of chillies. Mexico specialises in spicy food and their population enjoy strong flavors. Pan de muerto is a type of sweet bread served with coffee or hot chocolate and coated in a mix of orange juice and sugar. Near the start of year 6, we tried some different types of spicy, sweet and delicious foods originating from Mexico. In one lesson we debated wether the Mexican diet is healthy. We discused that their diet is healthy because they use a variety of healthy foods and vegetables.

Sugar skull

The sugar skull is also one of the main parts of the Day of the dead. People wear masks of this fun and sometimes creepy design to symbolise their loved ones and remember them as if they were with them. The sugar skull was created by the aztec era on Dia de los muertos.

The Mayans

The Mayans lived in Mexico from 1000bc-1502ad. They created many beautiful sculptures and painting using only natural recorses such as clay, stone, flowers, leaves, e.c.t. The Maya people believed in many different deites/Gods including: Itzamna God of heaven day and night, Ixchel Goddess of fertility pregnancy and birth, Ah Puch god of death and destruction and cizin god of death.

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Mexican facts Mexican recipes The Mayan people The day of the dead.

Mexican geography

Mexico is located at the bottom of America. Chihuahua is one of the biggest states in Mexico while Tiaxcala is one of the smallest. With 31 states, 500 of the worlds 1500 cactus species Mexico suffers from a awkward climate. Plants have to adapt to this tricky temperature by storing water in roots and leaves because rain is rare. Animals living in this country, also have to adapt to this weather by burrowing in the sand to keep cool and have lighter fur to reflect the sunlight. Mexico has only one rainy season as we have rain most year round. Also in Mexico the hottest month is June with 24oc although that is considered warm to us. Mexico is 647,500 square km and they have lots of dunes and mountain ranges but in our country, it is typically flat for farming. In Mexico, there are many different species of animals such as wolfs, snakes, lizards, grey fox, camel spiders and bob cats but in England our animals are smaller in size and many are domesticated.

Mexican jewlery

Mexican jewlwery usually made out of precious gems such as jade. The Mayan Were Fond Of Jewelry. The Mayan culture was extremely fond of different forms of jewelry, the two most common were jade and gold. Families of the Royals and priests wore more jewelry of a much more sophisticated nature. The Jade was worn in beads, bracelets, earrings and ear spools.