Siestas are common in Spanish-speaking countries, including Mexico, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Spain itself. Siestas are also common in Italy, Greece, the Philipines and Nigeria. They occur in hot climates for the most part. A siesta is a short afternoon nap that originated in Spain.Know More
The name siesta comes from the Latin hora sexta, which translates to the sixth hour. Since dawn is traditionally the beginning of the day, the sixth hour would consequently be around noon, which is a great time for a siesta. A siesta is a planned break in the day. In some countries shops, churches and museums close during the midday.
In the U.S., U.K and other western countries, the equivalent to a siesta is called a "power nap," which refers to a short sleep of approximately 20 minutes. Studies in Greece indicate that people who nap have a lower heart attack risk.
In 2013, the National Association of Friends of the Siesta held the first annual national siesta championship. Participants were judged on loudest snore, best outfit, original sleeping positions and sleeping for as many of the 20 minutes allotted as possible. The winner was Pedro Alfonso Soria Lopez who received 1,000 euros for the win.Learn more about Cultures & Traditions
There is no single national dress of Mexico. Ceremonial Mexican dress designs vary depending on religion and history, the region of the country and the type of celebration.Full Answer >
The Aztecs were present in Mexico during the 1500s, inhabiting the city of Tenochtilan, which is now Mexico City. The Mayans appeared later and occupied vast territory spanning across Mesoamerica, which is modern-day Guatemala, Belize, the Yucutan Peninsula, and parts of Mexico, El Salvador and Honduras, during the sixth century A.D. The empires are greatly distinguished by their way of life.Full Answer >
The clothing people wear in Mexico does not differ much at all from the clothing worn in other countries, such as the United States. However, there are several types of traditional clothing designed to keep wearers cool in the hotter climate.Full Answer >
Furniture from Mexico is typically made of carved wood with metal details and brightly colored designs. Wrought iron and roughly crafted twigs are also used. The style reflects a number of fashions from the 18th century to modern times. Mexican furniture design aims to infuse living spaces with energy and warmth.Full Answer >