Mexico has several kinds of festivals, each celebrated for religious, national or local reasons. • There is always some kind of party after the initial celebration, accompanied by traditional Mexican music and food. Elements of a fiesta: • Fiestas include parades, beauty pageants, various contests, competitive sports such as football, singing, dancing, music and traditional food. Mexicans celebrate all major national and religious holidays with elaborate fiestas. Colourful decorations are essential, including lanterns, lights and streamers. • One of the biggest features of a Mexican fiesta is the pinata, which is made of paper mache and filled with candy & gifts, then hung up and hit repeatedly until the inside goods fall out. • Traditional Mexican food includes tortillas, tacos, nachos, Menudo (classic soup) & burritos.
Ingredients used in these dishes can include pork, beef, corn, potatoes, chilli and various other spices. Food issues/Nutritional information: Food allergies to consider when planning any function can include peanuts, tree nuts, legumes, seafood/shellfish, soy and egg. • Dietary requirements can include catering for vegetarians, vegans, religious reasons and lactose or dairy intolerance. • One of the main foods used in Mexican foods are avocados. These fruits are packed with monounsaturated fat, which helps lower cholesterol. Capsaicin is also the active ingredient in chilli peppers, and can relieve congestion & fight inflammation. Mexican food is beneficial to health and often contains many antioxidants