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Valen†ines Day in Mexico is a time to remember friends lovers spouses and work mates the date of Valentine's day falls on the lunar calendar on the first full moon of the year and in fact it marks astronomically around about half way between the winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox so it became February 14 on the modern calendar. This is a time for looking forward to increased light and the fertility of Spring locally the increased darkness.

The festival offers an opportunity for all to get outdoors eating and the sharing of gifts. Generosity is seen as a positive trait in Mexico thus the expression my house is your house. Implicit is the respect one gives to one's own house would be similarly expected when a guest to anothers house same as when you visit Holy Kitsch!

Día de la madre is a much loved celebration in Mexico. It began in the USA in the twenties when a single childless woman decided she was tired of the deaths from the civil war now it was over and pushed to have a day to remember mothers who had lost their sons and for peace. Motherhood good and bad is celebrated in all civilsations in sculpture painting and theater. In Mexico motherhood is celebrated in corridos songs and poetry. Guadalupe is considered the Mother of Mexico and revered in her various forms through-out Latin America. Frida Kahlo painted her own birth. 
The picture above is of two chihuahuas c 100 BC Mexico just so cute! Goes to show the concept of portraying love or other emotions using animals as abstract stand ins is not new.
This mural is one of few remaining murals left un-destroyed by the Spanish. Murals were big time often in funerary sites. This one is fun for the way people are going about their daily lives c100BC Teotihuacan pre Spanish Mexico. Here you see people swimming in a stream talking you can see the talk balloons coming from their mouths or singing and strangely a group holding hands between their legs and a person about to bowl a ball through a very small arch toward them unknown what else they are holding still they look happy one thought was is this an early version and influence of pinball??? All are actively participating in life talking relaxing or singing a beautiful portrayal.
In Mexico since August 2010, same-sex marriages performed within Mexico are recognized by the 31 states without exception and fundamental spousal rights such as alimony payments inheritance rights and the coverage of spouses by the federal social security system also apply to same-sex couples across the country. The majority of States now perform same sex marriage.
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