Mexico Culture

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  • Mexico Culture

Mexican culture is the blending of indigenous cultures and the culture of Spain, but now it has undergone a tremendous transformation. In many ways, contemporary life in its cities has become similar to that in neighboring United States and Europe.

Mexico is known for its pre-Columbian architecture, especially for public, ceremonial and urban monumental buildings and structures. With thirty-two sites, Mexico has more sites on the UNESCO World Heritage list than any other country in the Americas, most of which pertain to the country's architectural history. Mesoamerican architecture is mostly noted for its pyramids which are the largest such structures outside of Ancient Egypt.

Mexican society enjoys a vast array of music genres, showing the diversity of Mexican culture. Traditional music includes Mariachi, Banda, Norteño, Ranchera and Corridos. Most Mexicans also listen to contemporary music such as pop, rock. Mariachis perform along streets, festivals and restaurants. A common Mariachi group can include singers, violins, a guitarrón, a guitarra de golpe, vihuela, guitars, and trumpets. Folk dances are a feature of Mexican culture. Significant in dance tradition is the "Jarabe Tapatío", known as "Mexican hat dance". Traditional dancers perform a sequence of hopping steps, heel and toe tapping movements.

Mexico's most popular sport is association football (soccer). The country has hosted the FIFA World Cup twice. The traditional national sport of Mexico is Charreria, which consists of a series of equestrian events. Bullfighting is also popular, and almost all large cities have bullrings.