The Origins of Mother’s Day in the U.S. and México

In México, Día de las Madres (Mother’s Day), is held every year on May 10. The first official Mothers’ Day celebration in México was held on May 10, 1922, and today the date is also Mother’s Day in El Salvador and Guatemala. Another 146 countries including the United States honor their mothers on the second Sunday in May which in 2019 occurs on May 12 … Continue reading The Origins of Mother’s Day in the U.S. and México

The Battle of Puebla and Cinco de Mayo

The Battle of Puebla (Batalla de Puebla) took place on May 5, 1862, near Puebla City during the Second French intervention in México. The battle ended in a victory for the Mexican Army over the occupying French soldiers. The French eventually overran the Mexicans in subsequent battles, but the Mexican victory at Puebla against a much better equipped and larger French army provided a significant … Continue reading The Battle of Puebla and Cinco de Mayo

Post #997: Natalicio de Benito Juárez

March 21 is celebrated each year in México as Natalicio de Benito Juárez (Birth of Benito Juárez) to commemorate President Benito Juárez’s birthday on March 21, 1806. Juárez is popularly regarded as an exemplary politician because of his liberal policies that, among other things, defined the traditionally strict separation of the church and the Mexican state. Article 74 of the Mexican labor law (Ley Federal … Continue reading Post #997: Natalicio de Benito Juárez

Hernán Cortés & His Conquest of the Aztec Empire

On March 4, 1519, Hernán Cortés arrived in México in search of the Aztec civilization and its wealth. The expedition (entrada) of Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés de Monroy y Pizarro Altamirano, Marquis of the Valley of Oaxaca, caused the fall of the Aztec Empire and brought large portions of what is now mainland México under the rule of the King of Castile in the early … Continue reading Hernán Cortés & His Conquest of the Aztec Empire

International Mother Language Day

Languages, with their complex implications for identity, communication, social integration, education and development, are of strategic importance for people and planet. Yet, due to globalization processes, they are increasingly under threat, or disappearing altogether. When languages fade, so does the world’s rich tapestry of cultural diversity. Opportunities, traditions, memory, unique modes of thinking and expression — valuable resources for ensuring a better future — are … Continue reading International Mother Language Day

A Month of Christmas: Navidad en México

México, officially the United Mexican States (Estados Unidos Mexicanos) is a country in the southern portion of North America. It is bordered to the north by the United States; to the south and west by the Pacific Ocean; to the southeast by Guatemala, Belize, and the Caribbean Sea; and to the east by the Gulf of Mexico. Covering almost 770,000 square miles (2,000,000 square kilometers), … Continue reading A Month of Christmas: Navidad en México

México #948 (1963)

México #948 (1963)

The United Mexican States (Estados Unidos Mexicanos) is a federal republic located between latitudes 14° and 33°N, and longitudes 86° and 119°W in the southern portion of North America. Covering almost 761,606 square miles (1,972,550 square kilometers), México is the sixth largest country in the Americas by total area and the 13th largest independent nation in the world with 2,317 square miles (6,000 km²) of islands in … Continue reading México #948 (1963)

Pancho Villa’s Raid on New Mexico

I lived in the state of New Mexico for more than a decade prior to moving to Thailand. There are many things I love about the region, including the rich history dating back to long before it became a territory of the United States. Just four years following its admission as the 47th state of the Union on January 6, 1912, the tiny border town … Continue reading Pancho Villa’s Raid on New Mexico