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This is my country, my flagGeneral informationOfficially known as the United Mexican States is a federal constitutional republic in North America. It is bordered on the north by the United States; on the south and west by the Pacific Ocean; on the southeast by Guatemala, Belize, and the Caribbean Sea; and on the east by the Gulf of Mexico. Covering almost 2 million square kilometres (over 760,000 sq mi), is the fifth-largest country in the Americas by total area and the 14th largest independent nation in the world. With an estimated population of 111 million it is the 11th most populous country and the most populous Hispanophone country on Earth. Mexico is a federation comprising thirty-one states and a Federal District, the capital is Mexico City, the president is Felipe Calderon Hinojosa, and the official language is Spanish
National Anthem
The National Anthem of Mexico was officially adopted in 1943. The lyrics of the national anthem, which allude to Mexican victories in the heat of battle and cries of defending the homeland, were composed by poet Francisco González Bocanegra in 1853. In 1854, Jaime Nunó composed the music which now accompanies González's poem. The anthem, consisting of ten stanzas and a chorus, entered into use on September 16, 1854. From 1854 until its official adoption, the lyrics underwent several modifications due to political changes in the country. Unofficially, the anthem is sometimes called "Mexicanos, al grito de guerra" (Spanish for "Mexicans, at the cry of war").

Mexicanos, al grito de guerra
el acero aprestad y el bridón.
Y retiemble en sus centros la Tierra,
al sonoro rugir del cañón.
¡Y retiemble en sus centros la Tierra,
al sonoro rugir del cañón!
Mexicans, at the cry of war,
make ready the steel and the bridle,
and the earth trembles at its centers
at the resounding roar of the cannon.
and the earth trembles at its centers
at the resounding roar of the cannon!
Estrofa I:
Ciña ¡oh Patria! tus sienes de oliva
de la paz el arcángel divino,
que en el cielo tu eterno destino
por el dedo de Dios se escribió.
Mas si osare un extraño enemigo
profanar con su planta tu suelo,
piensa ¡oh Patria querida! que el cielo
un soldado en cada hijo te dio.
First Stanza:
Let gird, oh Fatherland, your brow with olive
by the divine archangel of peace,
for in heaven your eternal destiny
was written by the finger of God.
But if some enemy outlander should dare
to profane your ground with his step,
think, oh beloved Fatherland, that heaven
has given you a soldier in every son.
Estrofa V:
¡Guerra, guerra sin tregua al que intente
De la patria manchar los blasones!
¡Guerra, guerra! Los patrios pendones
En las olas de sangre empapad.
¡Guerra, guerra! En el monte, en el valle
Los cañones horrísonos truenen,
Y los ecos sonoros resuenen
Con las voces de ¡Unión! ¡Libertad!
Stanza V:
War, war without quarter to any who dare
to tarnish the coat of arms!
War, war! Let the national banners
be soaked in waves of blood.
War, war! In the mountain, in the valley,
let the cannons thunder in horrid unison
and may the sonorous echoes resound
with cries of Union! Liberty!
Estrofa VI:
Antes, patria, que inermes tus hijos
Bajo el yugo su cuello dobleguen,
Tus campiñas con sangre se rieguen,
Sobre sangre se estampe su pie.
Y tus templos, palacios y torres
Se derrumben con hórrido estruendo,
Y sus ruinas existan diciendo:
De mil héroes la patria aquí fue.
Stanza VI:
O, Fatherland, ere your children, defenseless
bend their neck beneath the yoke,
may your fields be watered with blood,
may their foot be printed in blood.
And may your temples, palaces and towers
collapse with horrid clamor,
and may their ruins continue on, saying:
Of one thousand heroes, here the Fatherland began.
Estrofa X:
¡Patria! ¡Patria! Tus hijos te juran
Exhalar en tus aras su aliento,
Si el clarín con su bélico acento
los convoca a lidiar con valor.
¡Para ti las guirnaldas de oliva!
¡Un recuerdo para ellos de gloria!
¡Un laurel para ti de victoria!
¡Un sepulcro para ellos de honor!
Stanza X:
Fatherland! Fatherland! your children swear to you
to breathe their last for your sake,
if the bugle with its bellicose accent
persuades them to battle with courage.
For you, olive wreathes!
A memory for them of glory!
For you, a laurel of victory!
A tomb for them of honor!

Mexican society enjoys a vast array of music genres, showing the diversity of Mexican culture. Traditional music includes Mariachi, Banda, Norteño, Ranchera and Corridos; but it has too contemporary music such as pop, rock, etc Basically every state of Mexico has their own type of music, the Mariachi style is the one that is the most representative. It typifies how the world identifies Mexico, at least in terms of its music, folklore and culture. The
orchestra of the Mariachis is made up of guitars, violins, and trumpets along with the traditional instruments of Mexico, the guitarron and the vihuela. The music is very lively and the musicians wear costumes that are elaborately embroidered and decorated, which comprise of a large sombrero, tightly fitted pants, waist-length jackets, and boots.

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Yucatan (where i live) is one of the most importants states talking about music, Trova Yucateca are seranatas performed by trovadores, or trios, in Yucatan. Trova styles include Bambuco Yucateco, Clave, Bolero, Jarana and even Ranchera/Corrido .
Mexican singers are Thalía, Luis Miguel, Alejandro Fernández,Julieta Venegas and Paulina Rubio. Mexican singers of traditional music are: Lila Downs,Susana Harp, Jaramar, GEO Meneses and Alejandra Robles. Popular groups are Café Tacuba, Molotov and Maná, among others. (They are top 10, and they albums are tehe most solded in the country)
Students get their music background in private schools.

The style in Mexico’s food is recognized for its intense and variety of flavors, spices and colorful decoration. Many Mexican foods are found on pre-Hispanic, French and Spanish traditions, including the Maya and Aztecs.
The most common Mexico appetizers are the following: calabaza, squash that can be eaten in different style such as in cakes, candies and stews with tastes that are slightly sweet and smooth; consommé, cooked by combining a ground meats or mousselin with tomatoes, Mirepoix and egg whites; pinto bean (mashed and refried spotted bean either fresh or canned and also used as filling for burritos; and guacamole, mashed avocado with add salt and tomatoes.
Some main dishes in Mexico include the caldo de pollo, cooked with pieces of chicken, sliced onion, carrots, potato halves, minced cilantro, diced tomato, cabbage, and garlic; albóndigas, meatballs with rice and vegetables such as carrots, potatoes, squashes, chayote, onion and seasonings such as salt, cilantro and mint; burrito or taco de harina,
And it’s no wonder, since Yucatan (where i live) food has international fame due to the unique combination of condiments and spices such as pumpkin seed, oregano, purple onion, sour orange, sweet chili pepper, xcatic pepper, habanero, max chili pepper and cilantro, which, when mixed, give that very special taste to the cuisine of this region, once known as the Land of the pheasant and the deer”, because said species were used as main ingredients to the delicacies here prepared; nowadays these have been replaced by pork and turkey meat, adding diverse condiments, creating delicious regional meals, such as cochinita pibil, one of the most traditional gastronomical specialties, and one of the best known in the rest of the country.
+Please visit Mexico and try really really Mexican food, not Canadian Mexican food, i miss that so much :(

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Money ( Peso Mexicano)
The peso (sign: $; code: MXN) is the currency of Mexico. The peso was the first currency in the world to use the "$" sign, which the United States dollar later adopted for its own use.The peso is the 12th most traded currency in the world and by far the most traded currency in Latin America and third most traded in all the Americas.

Education System
The educational system of Mexico is composed of Basic, Secondary and Higher Education. Basic education includes preschool, primary and lower secondary school. Preschool is generally free and offered to children aged 3-5. Primary school is compulsory and attended for 6 years. The lower secondary stage is the last part of Basic Education and required for 3 years. Lastly, the Higher Education composed of 4 options for all students – University, Technical Institute, Teacher-training College, and Technological University. Students can opt for any 4-year degree in colleges and universities and commonly known as licenciatura

Mexico's most popular sport is soccer actually Mexico City hosted the Olympic Games in 1968, making it the first Latin American city to do so (Rio de Janeiro will be the second in 2016).The country has also hosted the FIFA World Cup twice, in 1970 and 1986.

Mexico in the world

Images of Mexico

New native animals

Mexico is considered a "mega-diverse" country and as such forms part of a select group of nations that possess the greatest number and diversity of animals and plants, being home of nearly 10-12% of global species diversity. Also Mexico ranks first in biodiversity in reptiles with 707 known species, second in mammals with 438 species and fourth in amphibians with 290 species.

Some of the species found in Mexico would be:
  • Perrito de las praderas/Mexican prairie dog (Cynomys mexicanus)
  • Jaguar (Panthera onca)
  • Manati del caribe/West Indian Manatee (Trichechus manatus)
  • Tapir centroamericano/Baird's Tapir (Tapirus bairdii)
  • Conejo de los volcanes/Volcano rabbit (Romerolagus diazi)

Interesting words translated in English

Como una mirada hecha en Sonora
Vestida con el mar de Cozumel
Con el color del sol por todo el cuerpo
Asi se lleva Mxico en la piel
Como el buen tequila de esta tierra
O como un amigo en Yucatan
En Aguascalientes deshilados
O lana tejida en Teotitlan
Asi se siente Mxico x2
Asi como unos labios por la piel
Asi te envuelve Mxico
Asi te sabe Mxico
Asi se lleva Mxico en la piel
Como ver la sierra de Chihuahua
O la artesania en San Miguel
Remontar el cerro de la silla
Asi se lleva Mxico en la piel
Como acompaarse con mariachi
Para hacer llorar a esa cancin
En el sur se toca con marimba
Y en el norte con acorden
Asi se siente Mxico x2
Asi como unos labios por la piel
Asi te envuelve Mxico
Asi te sabe Mxico
Asi se lleva Mxico en la piel
Como un buen zarape de Saltillo
Como bienvenida en Veracruz
La emocin de un beso frente a frente
Asi se lleva Mxico en la piel
Como contemplar el Mar Caribe
Descubrir un bello amanecer
Ver la fresca brisa de Morelia
La luna acariciando a una mujer
Asi se siente Mxico x2
Asi como unos labios por la piel
Asi te envuelve Mxico
Asi te sabe Mxico
Asi se lleva Mxico en la piel
co on the skin

Like watching the Caribbean Sea
Discover a beautiful sunrise
See the cool breeze of Morelia
The moon caressing a woman
Mexico feels so x2
So, like lips and skin
So I wrapped Mexico
So you know Mexico
So Mexico is carried on the skinAs a look made in Sonora
Dressed in a sea of Cozumel
With the color of the sun throughout the body
So Mexico is carried on the skin
Like the good of this earth tequila
Or as a friend in Yucatan
In Aguascalientes frayed
Or wool woven Teotitlan
Mexico feels so x2
So, like lips and skin
So I wrapped Mexico
So you know Mexico
So Mexico is carried on the skin
Like seeing the mountains of Chihuahua
Or craft in San Miguel
Climb the hill from the chair
So Mexico is carried on the skin
As accompanied with mariachi
To mourn for that song
In the south it is played with marimba
And in the north with accordion
Mexico feels so x2
So, like lips and skin
So I wrapped Mexico
So you know Mexico
So Mexico is carried on the skin
Like a good Saltillo Zarape
As welcome Veracruz
The thrill of a kiss face to face
So takes Mxi
This is a very typical song of Mexico and i translated for you. One thing that Mexico is famous for
Tequila is a blue avage–based spirit made primarily in the area surrounding the city of Tequila, 65 kilometres (40 mi) northwest of Guadalajara, and in the highlands (Los Altos) of the western Mexican states of Jalisco
The red volcanic soil in the surrounding region is particularly well suited to the growing of the blue avage, and more than 300 million of the plants are harvested there each year.
Mexican laws state that tequila can be produced only in the state of Jalisco and limited regions in the states of Guanajuato,Michoacan Nayarit and Tamaulipas, Mexico has claimed the exclusive international right to the word "tequila", threatening legal actions against manufacturers in other countries.
Differences or similarities to your research country to CanadaThe weather definetely, and the food Common stereotype(s) about the country. Some common stereotypes for Mexicans are family oriented, hard working, great foods, Catholic, talented musicians and singers, talented painters, talented actors, green thumbs, and colorful native costumes

Standard of living in the country
The standard of living in Mexico is different in many places. In somemplaces people live in houses poorly constructed of scrap metal and cardboard. Others live in lovely parts of mexico which are prosperous

Size of country in square kilometres

about 323802 km

Musical traditions of the country;
Mexican culture is perhaps one of the most fascinating cultures worldwide. The mixture of strong native legends, artistic expressions and Spanish culture elements make the Mexican culture unique.

Being proud of their native heritage, Mexican people have preserved many of their ancestors’ traditions. Many of them are present in Mexican music, which resembles the music produced by the ancient Aztec’s drums and ceremonies.

Mayan traditions are present in the Mexican culture
as well, and maybe the biggest forms of expression that represent the Mexican pride on those traditions are the paintings. As the greatest exponent of the Mexican art, paintings have achieved a well deserved popularity outside Mexico. It is interesting to see how ancient traditions evolve through time instead of disappearing like in other cultures.

Involvement of music in the every-day life of Mexico´s residents
Music in Mexico, have a lot of influence in the people, because a lot of typical musical, make you feel so mexican when you hear it, and you can feel the emotion in your heart.