062 – Mercados y Tianguis Mexicanos | Mexican Markets and Tianguis

062 – Mercados y Tianguis Mexicanos | Mexican Markets and Tianguis

Maybe you don’t think of local markets as places full of culture and history, but Jim and May are here to change your mind.

This week, they chat about the definitions and differences between Mexican “mercados” and “tianguis,” which basically are two common types of markets.

060 – El Santo de los Narcos | The Saint of Narcos

060 – El Santo de los Narcos | The Saint of Narcos

This week Jim and May cover an interesting topic, Jesús Malverde, better known as a saint of the narcos, or drug traffickers in Mexico. Check out the episode to learn more about Malverde and the story of his supposed assassination.

056 – Cinco de Mayo

056 – Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is upon us yet again. Do you have plans with your friends to celebrate at your favorite Mexican restaurant with mountains of tacos? Or possibly at home with lots of margaritas and maybe a sombrero or two?

Jim and May give us the run-down on the history behind Cinco de Mayo. If you think it’s all about Mexican Independence Day, you’d be wrong, so check out the episode to find out more!

045 – San Valentín | Saint Valentine

045 – San Valentín | Saint Valentine

We started off this week with Valentine’s Day, or “El Día del Amor y la Amistad” in Mexico. Of course, most of us are familiar with celebrating love on this day with gifts or romantic gestures, but how did Valentine’s day come to be?

Jim and May run down the list of stories surrounding the origin of Valentine’s Day.

039 – Día de Reyes | Three Kings’ Day

039 – Día de Reyes | Three Kings’ Day

January 6th pretty much wraps up the holiday season in most Spanish speaking countries with Día de Reyes, or Three Kings’ Day.

It’s a Catholic holiday that celebrates the recognition of baby Jesus as Christ by the Three Wise Men

038 – Propósitos de Año Nuevo | New Year’s Resolutions

038 – Propósitos de Año Nuevo | New Year’s Resolutions

People bring in the new year differently all over the world, but the one thing that seems pretty consistent is making New Year’s resolutions.

Learn all about not just various New Year’s traditions, but also tips and tricks on keeping those new habits going strong after the new year.

036 – Las Posadas Navideñas Mexicanas | Mexican Christmas Parties

036 – Las Posadas Navideñas Mexicanas | Mexican Christmas Parties

Around Christmastime in Mexico, you’ll start to hear a lot about “las posadas navideñas” – all the little Christmas parties leading up to Christmas Eve. Learn about these Mexican Christmas parties and how they’re celebrated in this episode.

032 – Los Orígenes de la Palabra Gringo | The Origins of the Word Gringo

032 – Los Orígenes de la Palabra Gringo | The Origins of the Word Gringo

Where does the word gringo come from? Is it offensive? Learn about six popular theories about the origins of the word “gringo.” Which one do you think is true?

JIm and May give a rundown of about six popular myths surrounding the word and try to discover it’s true origins.