Throughout my educational years, Spanish has always been an intriguing subject which has captivated my interest to learn more about the culture of the language. Additionally, while studying Spanish, I have continued to learn about the Mexican customs and traditions and the importance they hold to the family. Moreover, families greatly differ in Mexico than America because Mexican families typically live with more generations and celebrate different holidays. I have gained considerable knowledge of the Mexican holidays, and after further research, I have concluded that the people of Mexico thrive to acknowledge and celebrate the fiestas, and they have a need to continue to pass on the traditions to their future generations. After the research was completed, I was able to understand the reasons why the Mexican holidays are exceedingly prevalent in today’s society. Day of the DeadOne popular festival that is celebrated by Mexicans all over the world is known as The Day of the Dead. This special day is an annual holiday celebrated in November that encourages the celebration of life and death of family members or friends. The Day of the Dead focuses on celebrations and laughter rather than the despair that people might feel from the loss of a loved one. Mexicans celebrate the dead as they believe their lost ones have moved on to a better place. An article written by Cesareo Moreno about the holiday states that “The Day of the Dead reinforces the ancient belief that death is a part of life. It is an important tradition through which families can pass on oral histories” (Moreno n.pag.). Oral histories are passed on by the family members narrating the history of their ancestors. Future generations are able to live on through the stories. The Day of the Dead allows the people to feel that they are still surrounded by the lost family members. Finally, this day provides a feeling for the men and women that the dead will be honored and glorified, rather than forgotten. Significantly, this holiday is important to the people of Mexico because it brings comfort through remembrance instead of sorrow of their lost loved ones.The Day of the Dead holds many rituals and celebrations that alleviate the pain of losing someone because the holiday has many customs that the families can enjoy. Additionally, the families can partake in the festival by attending colorful parades, eating customary foods, and building altars for the departed. Cesareo Moreno writes: “Many families prepare an elaborate altar, known as an ofrenda (offering), for the holiday. They set up the ofrendas in their homes and cemeteries” (Moreno n.pag). Along with all the holiday has to offer, the ofrendas allow the families to feel closer by preparing the ofrendas with special items specific to the deceased relative. The altar is a critical component to the holiday as it pays homage to the memory of the family’s ancestors. Lastly, the celebration of The Day of the Dead significantly impacts the people who celebrate as it reduces the pain the families feel from the loss with the use of an amusing and cultured festival.Las Posadas In coinciding with The Day of the Dead, another popular holiday in the Mexican culture is known as Las Posadas, which is translated to “inns” in English. Las Posadas is a week long religious celebration from December 16th to December 24th. This event is centered around Mary and Joseph traveling across Nazareth to Bethlehem in order to find an inn to stay for the birth of baby Jesus. Suzanne Monyak describes, Las Posadas, began in the 16th century. The tradition of the holiday originated from Aztec traditions, but (Monyak n. pag.). Las Posadas is celebrated with many rituals such as singing songs and eating traditional foods while commemorating the religious aspect of the festival. Unlike Christmas celebrating the birth of baby Jesus, Las Posadas is focused on the journey of Mary and Joseph. The holy festival contains a historical background, which allows generations to have a personal connection with the holiday. In other words, the ancient tradition allows people to observe their faith through a week long event. Las Posadas holds many customs for the whole family making it a festive occasion. The celebration has many components that the adults and children can partake in. Adults read the Bible, and the children dress up as angels. One practice that is important to the holiday is known as Mass: ” Mass is held each day after the procession, and, at the conclusion of the service, children break open piñatas filled with candy, toys, and, occasionally, money” (“Las Posadas” n.pag.). Mass consists of the priest reading from the Bible following with an offering of bread and wine. Mass is a ritual that is important for Las Posadas because it signifies the religion the people are celebrating during the holiday and makes apparent that Christ’s sacrifice is present. Mass is significant to the holiday, Las Posadas, and many people throughout the country of Mexico join in to celebrate.La Semana Santa Another popular holiday in Mexico is known as La Semana Santa. Translated to English, the holiday is recognized as “Holy Week” in Christian churches, which is celebrated from Palm Sunday until Easter. The holiday is celebrated by many Catholics in Mexico as they observe the generous acts by God made during this week as recited from scripture. This observance is a 150 year old tradition that millions of people come to witness. Visitors attend to party in Iztapalapa, which is a district in Mexico City that holds momentous fiestas to celebrate. The festivities are held in Iztapalapa because it is a widely populated city (Herz n.pag). The week is dedicated to praise Jesus Christ as he triumphed to make his way to reach Jerusalem. The holy day is meaningful for many Catholics as it brings attention to their beliefs and teaches the younger children about what Christ has contributed. Furthermore, the holiday, La Semana Santa, is a meaningful experience for Catholics as they can celebrate their faith and honor their religion. Along with the religious aspect of the holiday, La Semana Santa encourages the townspeople to come together to celebrate. Schools, businesses, and governments are closed so people can respectfully observe the holiday. Catholics take the week to relax from their busy lifestyle to devote time to their faith. An article about the festivities of the holiday states, “All the townspeople come together with a common goal, and become actors representing Jesus, the virgin Mary, the Nazarenes, the guards, the apostles, and the people of a town that existed thousands of years before” (Herz n.pag). La Semana Santa brings the whole town together to commemorate the story of the holiday as told through the actors representing the holiday. The week long celebration gives the Catholics time to fixate on their beliefs while enjoying the company of others. Clearly, the holiday encourages a social aspect on top of honoring their religion.Cinco de MayoLike most Mexican holidays, Cinco de Mayo is no exception to having a rich history behind the holiday. The holiday is known as “the fifth of May” in English because the Battle of Puebla was fought on May 5, 1862. Unlike popular belief, the Mexican holiday is not representing Mexican independence day, but rather the Battle of Puebla. Mexicans celebrate as this was an unlikely win against the French. As stated by John Schmal, “On May Fifth, people celebrate a historic event of great significance to North Americans. Cinco de Mayo commemorates the anniversary of General Ignacio Zaragoza’s defeat of the French at the small village of Puebla” (Schmal n.pag). The victory over the French caused the French government to retreat from the battle as the French army had been defeated. The battle was a conclusive victory for the Mexicans considering the French had nearly 500 casualties coinciding with less than 100 on the the Mexican side (Minster n.pag.). The Battle of Puebla was unquestionably a victory for the Mexicans as they were able to gain back their territory from the French. Surely, the heritage of the holiday makes the Battle of Puebla worth celebrating.Because of the shock and amazement of the battle, it is a necessity to commemorate the improbable victory of the Mexicans. The holiday is a festival where people across the world come to Puebla, where the battle was fought, to join in on the celebrations the holiday has to offer. Cinco de Mayo is celebrated differently throughout Mexico with individual traditions. The festival can include speeches and monumental parties (Garcia n.pag). Parades celebrating Cinco de Mayo in Puebla feature actors styled as French and Mexican soldiers. The parades are comparable to New York’s New Year’s Eve celebration as people arrive early enough to claim a good seat to watch the festivities. Cinco de Mayo is a momentous holiday in Mexican culture as it celebrates the Battle of Puebla and the unexpected triumph the Mexicans faced.Conclusion Mexican holidays possess traditions that have lasted for generations. The celebrations all incorporate plenty of history into the holidays. The festivals are typically engaging for the families who come together to celebrate. The parties associated with the holidays are entertaining and allow people to unwind in order to enjoy themselves. These celebrations have become prevalent in other countries as well. In America, there is a numerous amount of locations in the United States that celebrate with authentic food and music for Mexican holidays. Americans are highly fond of Mexican holidays because people are fond of embracing the culture of the holiday. Obviously, as the holidays are expanding, the popularity is increasing, which foreshadows that the sacred holidays will be preserved for generations to come. More people will understand that significance of Mexico’s history on the current standings of the Southern country. Hence, the holidays most correlated with the country are noteworthy for what the country represents.