Tours of Queretaro by Artezani Tours

Queretaro represents rich Mexican culture



Mexican culture is primarily influenced by its Indigenous inhabitants and Spain. Other minor influences include those from other regions of Europe, as well as Asia and Africa.

First inhabited more than 10,000 years ago, the cultures that developed in Mexico became one of the cradles of civilization. During the 300-year rule by the Spanish, Mexico was a crossroads for the people and cultures of Europe and Latin America. The government of independent Mexico actively promoted shared cultural traits in order to create a national identity.The culture that is known is Mexico today, from Mariachis to Cowboys, were created by Mestizo people.

The culture of an individual Mexican is influenced by familial ties, gender, religion, location, and social class, among other factors. Contemporary life in the cities of Mexico has become similar to that in the neighboring United States and in Europe, with provincial people conserving traditions more than city dwellers.

The 12th of September is the date for celebrating the festivity known as Santa Cruz de los Milagros, which lasts for no less than three continuous days and features regional dances, typical cuisine, and carnivals, among other cultural manifestations.

In Tequisquiapan, the festivities honoring Santa Maria Magdalena, the local patron, are celebrated on the third week of July, and displays dances and fireworks; while the locality of Teques celebrates the Cheese and Wine Festival, traditional local industries, an event that lasts 10 days and is tourist-oriented; and finally the Biblical Carriage

Parade takes place in the capital on December the 24th, to celebrated the birth of Jesus. Patron Saint festivities are celebrated in each community, each with a specific character and emphasis but usually featuring religious processions, plenty of food, live music, dance, and fireworks.

The "Danza de los Concheros", of nahuatl descent, takes place in every state across the Mexican nation where this ethnic group still remains; of a profound spiritual origin, it is based on the veneration of the Sun, king creator of all things, and features dancers which layout geometric figures as they follow astronomical patterns indicating the position of the gods across the firmament. Musical instruments played in thisancestral celebration indeed have pre-Columbian origins and names, for they are called the huehuetl, or the teponaztle drum, another is made of tortoise shell, and one more is known as the sonaja, rattles tied to the dancer's ankles.

The culture of Querétaro it is reflected in its gastronomy, its parties, its music, its craftsmanship and its tourist centers. In Querétaro there are 2345 historical monuments distributed in its 18 municipalities; 1176 monuments are in the city of Querétaro.

This culture is the support of the identity of a people proud of their history and their ancestors. It is made up of the set of values, traditions, customs and beliefs that from ancient times have been transmitted from generation to generation.