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Mexican Traditions to Ensure a Happy New Year
In the Mexican culture, so full of traditions, year-end rituals are believed to help you find love, money, good luck and good fortune in the coming year. Though they may seem odd to visitors, taking part in these charming customs will make welcoming 2018 in Mexico even more festive.
Mexico to Legalize Marijuana-Based Products Next Year
Mexico will legalize sales of marijuana-based medicines, foods, drinks, cosmetics and other products early next year, its health regulator said last week. According to Reuters, the law still bans the sale of the marijuana plant itself and only allows for pot-based medicines and products.
Mexico Negotiating Export of Jalisco Avocados to China
From tequila to avocados, the state of Jalisco, Mexico is seeing its exports to China increase, largely thanks to the Asian nation's expanding middle class. Negotiations are currently underway to open China's market to Avocados from Jalisco as its middle class demands more of the fruit.
Traditional Mexican Christmas Dishes - and a Few Recipes
Christmas is a time to get together with family and friends to celebrate and, in Mexico, the holiday season is all about eating. For those unfamiliar with traditional Mexican holiday dishes, here is a little bit about each food's history and cultural significance - plus a few recipes.
CMV to Offer Domestic Market Mexican Riviera Cruises
Cruise & Maritime Voyages will deploy the Magellan to the Mexican Riviera for the winter 2019 cruise season, launching a new brand for the domestic market: Cruceros Marítimos Vacacionales. The 7-day itinerary includes calls in Cabo San Lucas, Mazatlán, Puerto Vallarta and Manzanillo.
2017 Could Be Another Record Year for Tourism to Mexico
Mexico is on pace for another record year for tourism. According to Mexico's Tourism Promotion Council, the arrival of international tourists increased 12.3 percent to 28.6 million from January to September. Those same visitors spent a healthy $16 billion USD.
Cool Mexican Party Drinks Beyond Tequila and Mezcal
Ask most people about Mexican spirits and one of two is likely to spring to mind: tequila or mezcal. Given they're the two heavyweights of the Mexican spirit world, it's hardly surprising, but it is somewhat disappointing, especially when Mexican liquors are as diverse as the country.
Six Killed in Mexico Fireworks Factory Explosion
An explosion at a fireworks factory in the state of Mexico left six dead and at least five injured. The State of Mexico said that the Friday morning blast in the town of San Lorenzo Octeyuco also damaged 4 of 6 buildings on a property where fireworks were being made and stored.
Ford to Shift Midsize Sedan Production Out of Mexico
Ford Motor Co has told suppliers it plans to shift production of midsize Fusion sedans out of Mexico and move it to China, three sources said on Wednesday. Ford did not address the future of the plant in Hermosillo that currently builds midsize sedans for the North American market.
Christmas Traditions in Mexico: Las Posadas Navideñas
Rich in traditional festivities, a Mexican Christmas is filled with joy and wonder. In other countries, the 12 Days of Christmas are celebrated, but in Mexico, the nine days of posadas leading up to Noche Buena (Holy Night) are observed, and the season is joyously extended though February 2nd.
NYT: Mexico's Obesity Problem Has Roots in Free Trade
The New York Times published a detailed story on Monday that looked at how NAFTA has led to an influx of high-calorie, processed foods and drinks making its way from the US to Mexico. The country's obesity rate soared and Diabetes is now the most rampant cause of death for Mexicans.
China's Didi Ride-Hailing Service is Coming to Mexico
The Next Web
Didi Chuxing, the go-to ride-hailing service in China, is looking to bring the fight to Uber in North America by entering Mexico soon, reports Reuters. The company is said to have met with ProMexico, a government trade and investment agency, to look into opportunities.
Demand for Natural Christmas Trees Grows in Mexico
La Verdad Noticias
With the demand for natural Christmas trees growing in Mexico, the National Forestry Commission has invested $7.8 million pesos in commercial tree plantations since 2013. Mexico now has 11,335 hectares planted and 900,000 trees ready to sell for Christmas 2017.
NBA Plans to Put a Minor League Team in Mexico City
Before the first of two N.B.A. regular season games were played in Mexico City last week, league Commissioner Adam Silver said that the National Basketball Association intends to move quickly to put a N.B.A. G League franchise in the Mexican capital as early as next season.
Ford Plans to Build New Electric Vehicle in Mexico
Detroit Free Press
Just months after the Ford Motor Company cancelled plans to build a plant in Mexico and not move some vehicle production south of the border, the automaker says it plans to shift future production of an electric vehicle from Michigan to Mexico.
US Funds Restoration of Palenque Archaeological Site
Mexico News Daily
The United States will fund restoration work at a Mayan archaeological site in Palenque, Chiapas, to the tune of US $500,000. The National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) and the U.S. embassy announced the conservation and restoration program on December 4.
Mexico to Launch PrEP Pilot Program in Four Cities
Mexican health authorities announced that an HIV profilaxis pre-exposition program (PrEP) will be launched in four cities in Mexico, during the first quarter, 2018. The program is targeted toward HIV-negative individuals that are part of high-risk groups, in order to avoid infection.