Our Mexican culture is very traditional. For as long as I remember I’ve been following our traditions. From the way we greet others to the way we react to an event of travel. These were things that must have been enforced as a child or maybe just picked up on habit because they were never taught to me.
My family has always been very traditional. Our Mexican traditions range from religion to acts of greetings. I never realized how many of these Mexican traditions we practice daily. Now as an adult I find myself doing many of the things my parents and grandparents did as I grew up and still continue to do today. The “look”, as my dad calls it, or simple hand gestures were sufficient to know what needed to be said or done next. No words were ever expressed. There are many Mexican traditions I picked up and continued to do now.
Now as a mother, I do as my parents did with my children. I often wonder if it is all done of habit or if they are simply rituals. I decided to ask my parents why we do certain things. My father mentioned that he learned from his parents so he can only assume the same was with his parents and so forth. I use to think everyone did many of the things we did. Though the many habits I’ve learned from my family don’t seem out of the ordinary, it’s the way we do them and when that have set us apart. After all, these aren’t just habits to us they are traditions.
Here are a few of the traditional things my family does that go without saying.
Did you pick up on any traditions or rituals from your family that were never really taught to you?
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