THE HOLY WEEK OR EASTER WHICH INCLUDES PALM SUNDAY AND THE DAY WHEN "JUDAS IS BURNT", IS CELEBRATED IN MEXICO WITH SERIOUS DEVOTION. HERE ARE FIVE UNKNOWN FACTS ABOUT THIS POPULAR FESTIVAL!

  1. The Holy Week, which coincides with the month of Hueytozoztli according to the ancient indigenous calendar, when the gods of the corn, Centéotl and Chicomecóatl - symbolizing the masculine and feminine duality -, were honoured and to whom the Mexicans offered corncobs of the previous year to turn them into seed.
  2. Palm Sunday is celebrated in various parts of Mexico with palm leaves, which are blessed and then burned to use their ashes on Ash Wednesday of the following year. Although, it is also customary to hang them behind the front door "as a defence" to allow only the passage of "positive energy".
  3. Previously, it was customary to wet anyone by the holy water who crossed Mexico during the Holy Saturday, a tradition that today is forbidden because of the sometimes unconscious waste of the vital liquid.
  4. The Holy Week is usually closed by the traditional Burning of Judas (a kind of devil or ridiculous character made by paper). This is an original custom of Spain that symbolizes the purification of the body through fire, as well as, the arrival of the planting season and the spring. In Mexico, the "Judas" has become a special handicraft made by reed, grass, paper or cardboard, its design can vary according to the region where it is elaborated.
  5. The date of the Holy Week changes each year because, as it is established by the clergy, Easter Sunday must coincide with the Sunday coming immediately after the first full Moon next to the spring equinox. Thus, the celebration of the Holy Week always ranges between March 22 and April 25.

© México Desconocido 2018

ON 19 MARCH 2018, ONE OF THE MOST ACCLAIMED TENORS OF OUR TIME, THE MEXICAN RAMÓN VARGAS PERFORMED HIS FIRST SONG RECITAL AT THE ERKEL THEATRE IN BUDAPEST

  • The musical repertoire performed by the Mexican artist included pieces by composers such as Ferenc Liszt, Xavier Montsalvatge, Ruggiero Leoncavallo, Gioachino Antonio Rossini, among others.
  • The presence of the Mexican tenor Ramón Vargas at the Erkel Theater in Budapest is an example of the cultural dialogue between Mexico and Hungary, a fundamental pillar in the relations between the two countries.

Budapest, Hungary, 20 March 2018. – Ramón Vargas, the acclaimed Mexican tenor, gave a song recital at the Erkel Theater -alternative to the Opera House in Budapest, which is being remodeled- accompanied on piano by Charles Spencer. The musical repertoire performed included pieces by composers like Ferenc Liszt, Xavier Montsalvatge, Ruggiero Leoncavallo, Gioachino Antonio Rossini, among others. After receiving the ovation from the large audience, Ramón Vargas offered a Mexican piece as an encore.

At the end of the concert, a reception was offered for Ramón Vargas and Charles Spencer with the participation of the Ambassador of Mexico in Hungary, David Nájera, as well as outstanding members of the Mexican community, professionals, academics and Mexican students on exchange programs in Hungarian institutions; members of the diplomatic corps accredited in Hungary, Hungarian cultural authorities, managers of the Budapest Opera House and members of the press.

The presence of the Mexican tenor Ramón Vargas at the Erkel Theater in Budapest is another example of the cultural dialogue between Mexico and Hungary, a fundamental pillar in the relations between the two countries. The ovation received by the tenor is a source of pride for Mexicans living in Hungary.

MEXICO PARTICIPATES IN THE INTERNATIONAL TOURISM FAIR IN BUDAPEST 

  • Yucatan is one of the regions with the greatest number of archaeological sites and historical places, recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
  • The presence of Yucatan in UTAZÁS 2018 is the result of the inter-institutional efforts of the Government of the Federal State of Yucatán, the Mexican Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico through the Embassy of Mexico in Hungary.

Budapest, Hungary, 1st of March 2018. – Mexico will participate for the first time in the International Tourism Fair in Budapest | UTAZÁS 2018, with the presence of the Federal State of Yucatan as an invited tourist destination to be promoted in this event.

This participation is derived from the invitation made by the Government of Hungary within the framework of the agreements signed in the Protocol on Economic Cooperation between Mexico and Hungary, signed in November 2017. The presence of Yucatan in UTAZÁS 2018 is a result of the interinstitutional efforts of the Government of Yucatan, through Mexico’s Secretariat of Tourism Promotion; of the Ministry of Tourism, through the Office in Berlin of the Tourist Promotion Council; and the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs of Mexico through the Embassy of Mexico in Hungary.

During UTAZÁS 2018 it is planned to promote the attractions of Yucatan among the main tour operators such as the Hungarian travel agencies, wholesale intermediaries and public-sector authorities specialized in the field of tourism promotion.

Yucatan is one of the regions with the largest number of archaeological sites and historical sites, recognized as World Heritage by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), among which it is possible to mention the pyramids of Chichen-Itzá; and other places of great attraction such as the colonial haciendas, the cenotes (natural pits), ecological reserves and places where anyone can enjoy a friendly tourist environment in the nature and also have high quality tourist services, particularly the Yucatecan gastronomy.

Please click here to see the photos of the inauguration of the event!

 

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PARTICIPATE IN THE 22ND “ÉSTE ES MI MÉXICO” (THIS IS MY MEXICO) CHILDREN’S DRAWING CONTEST 2018 - “HISTORY, TRADITIONS, GASTRONOMY, BEACHES, MUSIC."

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Institute of Mexicans Abroad (IME) is pleased to invite you to participate in the XXII Children’s Drawing Contest “Este es mi México”, with the subject "Éste es mi México: History, traditions, gastronomy, beaches, music".

Mexico is the sum of its richness; its breathtaking sights; the monumental archeological zones; its enormous cities and beautiful towns; Mexico is a country with a vast culture and memorable traditions, delicious gastronomy; and above all its habitant that magnify it day a day.

The works received will be a reflection of how children from around the world see our México. How will a child from United States imagine our homeland? How would a Child from Bulgaria, Croatia or Hungary? How a child from México captures its colorfulness?

This year, we convene all children to learn and draw about México, its extraordinary history, its millennial traditions, its gastronomy renowned worldwide, its beaches that invite tourist from around the world, its music full of memories, the sights and beauties.

WE COUNT ON YOU ALL

TO START THIS NEW ADVENTURE

LET’S BEGIN….

TO PARTICIPATE:

  1. Make a drawing.
  2. Send your drawing to (Embassy of Mexico in Hungary, 1024 Budapest, Rómer Flóris u. 58.) or the nearest Embassy, Consulate of Mexico or Delegation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  3. Be between 6 and 14 years old.
  4. Make your drawings or paintings with brush, pencil, acrylics, watercolors, crayons or any other material of your choice.
  5. Draw or paint on a square cardboard (30 x 30 cm / 12x12 inches).
  6. Paste the REGISTRATION FORMAT with all the requested data on the back of your drawing.

WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION.

Every year thousands of children from all around the world participate in the Children´s Drawing Contest “Este es mi México”.

12 winning drawing and 50 honorable mentions are selected, and will take part in an itinerant exposition that will be inaugurated in Mexico City and after will be send all around the globe.

AWARDS:

  • The 12 winners will receive a package of Mexican literature books, a diploma and a surprise gift.
  • The 50 drawing with honorable mention will receive a package of Mexican literature books and a diploma.
  • The 62 selected drawings will be published in the IME 2018 calendars.

JURY:

  • Representatives of the Ministry of Culture of Mexico and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • Representatives of the Institute of Mexicans Abroad.
  • Guest artists

For the selection of the 12 winning drawings and 50 honorable mentions, the jury must take into consideration the geographical distribution –North America; rest of the world and Mexico– as well as the ages of the participants 6-8; 9-11; 12-14.

REMEMBER!

Closing date: May 31, 2018

DO NOT FORGET

  • Sign and date your drawing.
  • Paste the REGISTRATION FORMAT on the back of the drawing,
  • Write down your name and description of your drawing,
  • Send the drawings to us (Embassy of Mexico in Hungary, 1024 Budapest, Rómer Flóris u. 58.) or the nearest Embassy, Consulate of Mexico, or Delegation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs before the deadline: May 31st

ATTENTION, REASONS FOR DISQUALIFICATION:

  • Copied or worn drawings, or where the help of an adult is noticed.
  • Incomplete drawings, those which do not include the registration format or which do not respect the specified size (30cm x 30cm or 12 "x 12"), will not participate either,
  • Drawings that do not respect the theme.

By participating in this Contest, you assign the rights of the drawings to the IME so those can be used in exhibitions and publications for promotional purposes.

The results will be published on the IME website on the 29th of June 2018.

CALL OF THE DRAWING CONTEST

AMBASSADOR DAVID NÁJERA PRESENTED HIS CREDENTIAL LETTERS TO RUMEN RADEV, PRESIDENT OF BULGARIA

  • Ambassador David Nájera presented to the President of Bulgaria, Rumen Radev, his Credential Letters that accredited him as concurrent Ambassador of Mexico to the Republic of Bulgaria.
  • The Ambassador of Mexico transmitted the greetings of President Enrique Peña Nieto to President Radev and the desire of the Government of Mexico to continue strengthening the bilateral cooperation in the political, economic fields and in both cultural and educational cooperation.

Sofia, Bulgaria, February 26th 2018. –Ambassador David Renato Nájera Rivas presented today to the President of Bulgaria, H.E. Mr. Rumen Radev, his Credential Letters, accrediting him as concurrent Ambassador of the United Mexican States to the Republic of Bulgaria.

The ceremony took place in the Official Residence of the President of Bulgaria, in Sofia, during which Ambassador David Nájera endorsed the friendly relations that exist between the Bulgarian and Mexican people. The Ambassador of Mexico transmitted the cordial greetings of President Enrique Peña Nieto to President Radev and the desire of the Government of Mexico to continue strengthening bilateral cooperation in the political and economic fields and in both cultural and educational cooperation. Ambassador David Nájera took this opportunity to wish the Bulgarian Government a successful Presidency of the Council of the European Union, during the first semester of 2018. After the ceremony of presentation of the credential letters, the Bulgarian National Guard honored the Ambassador of Mexico, who took a salute to the troops. Subsequently, the Ambassador moved to the Monument of the Unknown Soldier where he placed a wreath.

Mexico and Bulgaria established diplomatic relations on January 6th 1938 after ratifying the Treaty of Friendship signed in October 1936. Subsequently, both governments reestablished relations in 1974 and since 1994, the Ambassador of Mexico in Hungary is concurrent to Bulgaria. Currently Mr. Pencho Dimitriev Raltchev is the Honorary Consul of Mexico in Sofia, Bulgaria. In 2016, the total trade between Bulgaria and Mexico reached 95.6 million dollars; the main products that Mexico exports to Bulgaria are silver, copper ores and their concentrates, tequila, inputs for the automotive industry, among some other products, according to figures published by the Ministry of Economy.

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