Mexican Culture

Topics: Family, Birthday, Culture Pages: 4 (1160 words) Published: April 22, 2013
Mexican Culture
Interpersonal Communication 102
February 17, 2013

There are many different cultures around the world. The Mexican Culture is one that is expanding rapidly in the United States. Although the Mexican Culture is expanding it is very different from the American Culture. The Mexican Culture is a high masculine culture. There are similarities within the American Culture and the Mexican Culture, but also many differences. I was able to spend time with my future step brother-in-law on his daughter’s 1st birthday. Although I have went to family functions that he has attended as well, I did not know him. He typically only speaks Spanish unless he responds directly to a question in English. I was able to learn a lot about Sabino, and his culture. Without this assignment I feel I would not have grown to appreciate Sabino and the Mexican culture. In fact if not for this assignment I would not have attended Evelyn’s, Sabino’s daughter, first birthday celebration.

Evelyn’s birthday party was not exactly what I expected. No one sang the traditional American Happy Birthday song. Instead a song called “Las Mañanitas” is sung. Sabino informed me that the lyrics do not translate into Happy Birthday. The song is “Estas son las mañanitas, que cantaba el Rey David,
Hoy por ser día de tu santo, te las cantamos a ti,
Despierta, Evelyn, despierta, mira que ya amaneció,
Ya los pajarillos cantan, la luna ya se metió. Que linda está la mañana en que vengo a saludarte,
Venimos todos con gusto y placer a felicitarte,
Ya viene amaneciendo, ya la luz del día nos dio,
Levántate de mañana, mira que ya amaneció.” (S. Xique, personal communication, January 20, 2013). This song is translated into “This is the morning song that King David sang
Because today is your saint's day we're singing it for you
Wake up, Evelyn, wake up, look it is already dawn.
The birds are already singing and the moon has set. How lovely is the morning in which I come to greet...
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