NEWSLETTER No.2 - November 2018
We are very proud to launch our second quarterly newsletter where we intend to keep you informed of relevant news about the tourism industry in Mexico.
TRADITIONS OF MEXICO
The Day of the Dead Tradition takes place on November the 1st and 2nd of November
The Day of the Dead, also known as Night of the Dead, is one of the most important festivities and with more tradition that takes place in our country. On this holiday, Mexicans remember and honor their deceased loved ones. It's not a gloomy or morbid occasion, rather it is a festive and colorful holiday celebrating the lives of those who have passed on.
The origins of the day of the dead date back to long before the Spanish conquest, but today it's a fussion of Mexican culture with the European; With the arrival of the Spaniards also
arrives the Christianity that introduces to the celebration and to the alteres images of saints, crosses and some fruits that did not exist in America. According to the Catholic calendar, the first day of November is dedicated to All Saints and day two to the faithful deceased. According to the people's belief, the first is dedicated to the "small dead", those who died as children, and the second to the deceased in adulthood.
The festival in antiquity was commemorated the ninth month of the Aztec solar calendar, and was held for almost two months. The festivities were presided over by the goddess Mictecacíhuatl, known as the "Lady of Death", currently related to "La Catrina". The festivities were dedicated to the celebration of the lives of deceased relatives, celebrating first the children and then the adults.
The offering that is mounted on an altar of different levels, the first two days of November, constitutes a homage to the deceased who visits to the relatives at this time. It is composed, among other things, of the typical bread of the dead, the pumpkin in sweet of strikeout and dishes of the Mexican cuisine that in life were of the pleasure of the deceased. Ornaments are also used as the characteristics of marigolds flowers, chopped paper, candles, sugar skulls and copal incense.
The importance of the Day of the Dead in Mexico makes cities, towns and houses full of altars dedicated to the deceased who return these days to live with their relatives who are still alive. However, there are places that are distinguished by keeping this tradition so full of mysticism very vivid. Such is the case of Pátzcuaro, the magical town of Michoacán, which is located 30 minutes from the city of Morelia, where the most important and representative celebration takes place in Janitzio, one of the islands, and the largest, of Lake Pátzcuaro. This celebration attracts visitors from all over the world. In addition to religious offerings and rituals, there are exhibitions, concerts, displays, workshops, cultural tours and gastronomic exhibits.
The beauty and magic that surrounds the Day of the Dead have made this tradition recognized by UNESCO as an intangible Cultural heritage of humanity since November 2003.
Mexico City has not been spared to this tradition and since the year 2016 celebrates it with a parade that summons a multitude of people and is held in the heart of the city, in addition to a great offering and the realization of artistic and cultural activities. This time Mexico City has decided to dedicate the parade, which indicates the beginning of the festivity, as well as the offering of the Zócalo to all those migrants who in their transit to other lands have lost their lives, in the same way to all those groups of migrants who have come to this city through the time to enrich it and make it a real refuge city. This festivity will take place from October 24th to November 4th. An excellent opportunity to participate in this unique tradition!
Sources: Adapted from an article of and October 2018
From Mexico to the World
Mexican cuisine consists of a set of dishes that are characteristic of the richness of flavors, aromas and ancestry of its origin. The Mexican gastronomy is made up of various dishes in which the richness that has accumulated during the time is reflected: from the pre-Hispanic period, to the colonial and even the contemporary one, it is that, although our cuisine is continually reinvented, something of Our native people remain dormant in it.
Mexican cuisine has its origin in the pre-Hispanic period.
At this time, a series of dishes were created that had as main base: corn, beans, tomatoes, chili and nopal. These were complemented with herbs of smell, meats of animals.
They also included vanilla, tomatillos, avocado, guava, papaya, pot, mamey, pineapple, jicama, pumpkin, sweet potato, peanuts, achiote, Huitlacoche, Turkey and fish. For the second decade of the 16th century, the Spanish invasion also meant the arrival of a large variety of animals, such as cattle, hens, goats, sheep and pigs. And not only that, for rice, wheat, oats, olive oil, wine, almonds, parsley and many spices that merged with culture and eventually became part of the indigenous cuisine.
However, we should not confuse this as a complete merger, because the Spaniards did not alter Mexican food, but they brought ingredients that only exchanged their potential. The Mexican cuisine that developed through this exchange is complex and one of the reasons why it is one of the biggest Cuisines of the world.
The gastronomic heritage of the Aztec cuisine has become one of the most powerful attractions for internal and external tourism; There is no part of the world where there is no Mexican restaurant and Mexico is ranked par excellence as one of the first culinary destinations on the planet.
Many of these destinations are recognized because they have been responsible for promoting the art of authentic traditional Mexican cuisine, including the states of Oaxaca, Puebla or Yucatán. and other also essential on the country, such as Nayarit, Colima, Los Cabos, Chiapas and Mexico City.
For this reason, since the year 2010, Mexican gastronomy was declared an intangible Cultural heritage of humanity by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Thanks to this,Mexican cuisine is considered a crucial element of national identity due to its history, creativity, diversity and international transcendence.
The Mexican gastronomy is without a doubt, an unparalleled attraction to the palate that, not only shows a historical continuity, but it enjoys an important role as an element of identity for the Mexican people, it rests on products originating in their land and presumes of a high creativity in their cuisine, who over the centuries have been perfecting their technique maintaining the essence of traditional cuisine.
Sources: Adapted from an article by: ASPIC/School of gastronomy of the CDMX, note by Carlos Dragonné, Stefany Cisneros and Forbes Mexico
The trip recently made by TEC CDMX to Veracruz
IA few weeks ago we took a trip to Veracruz with the students from the International Business major of Tecnologico de Monterrey Campus Mexico City. In the evaluation survey we carried out whenever we make a trip, this experience was perceived in a very favorable way, since 100% of the participants said that it was between excellent or good.
The value for money was also very well received, as 90% of the participants considered it to be good or excellent. Similarly, when asked about the balance between culture and fun that the trip had
the answer was excellent or good on 100% of the participants. That same percentage indicated that they would return to participate in a future trip or recommend it to their friends.
The goal of Viajes Académicos is to create a team with the teachers and educational institutions, being able to give the needed support that help to guarantee the success of each academic experience, as well as to reduce the workload and responsibility of the teacher regarding travel logistics.
"Since 2001 Viajes Academicos has been providing meaningful experiences for students, teachers and schools".
We congratulate Tania Ruiz, who earned a scholarship given by an international society.
Site (Society for incentive Travel Excellence) invited international level young professionals who had less than 5 years of experience in the incentive travel industry to apply to the young leaders' site program. The winners, included Tania Ruiz, Business Relationship Manager at DMS de México, who earned scholarship to participate in the SITE Young Leaders Conference,,which took place from October 14th to 15th, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada and which ,
presented the opportunity for participants to meet young professionals from around the world and gather to learn, energize and focus on your career goals.
In words of Tania: "I’m super excited about attending the YL conference not only because I truly believe that this conference will help me to refine the strategy I have for my career – Learning from the experiences of people that are passionate about this industry just like me – that’s a privilege – but it will also expose my mind to new ways to improve my local industry."
DMS AND ITS ACTIVITY IN THE MEETINGS INDUSTRY
DMS México is very active in the meeting industry since the presidency of the National Association of DMC (AMDEMAC), the Mexico chapter of PCMA, the Mexican Council of the meeting Industry (ATE). Here is a review by Eric Alvarez, our CEO, in his role as a member of the recently formed Mexico City Meetings Industry Association (ATR), who reveals the plans of this association and its importance.
Translation: "Hi, I'm Eric Alvarez and I have the pleasure of being a member of this recently formed Association (ATR). We are very happy because its important to be well constituted, with a presence, with the goverment, with the economic development and with Tourism in Mexico City, that has an important budget, with what we can benefit our Industry to get more Congresses. more Conventions and to put Mexico City in the place it deserves in the Meetings industry worlwide. I invite you to participate with us, to add more efforts and you will see that together we will make this indutry one of the most important ones all over the world. Welcome!".
Published by DMS de México All rights rserved 2018