In Mexico you have two days that are all about celebrating YOU! 2 days through out the year. #1 The day you were born and #2 The day Of Your Santo(Saint). Once upon a time in Mexico, because the nation is primarily & fervently Catholic people where named after Saints, because they were born on the day that was dedicated to the remembrance of that Saint. So when your birthday came around people would either wish you a happy birthday or Saint’s day. As time went on that tradition died down, people began to choose name in other ways. Although both names & naming methods now differ, peoples names still coincide with those of Saints & so…. When a certain Saint’s day coincides with your name, people celebrate you! This is because it is a reminder of old birthday traditions & it’s another reminder of how awesome it is that you are a part of this world & their lives. Some people like to celebrate their birthday real big & have just a little treat or reminder on their Saint’s day. While others do the opposite, the like just a hug or phone call on their bday & a big deal celebration on their Saint’s day.
HOW ARE BIRTHDAY OR SANTOS CELEBRATED??
On the day of a loved one’s “Santo” or Bday : Mom, Dad, Grandma, grandpa, bros, sis, friends, Girlfriend/boyfriend, etc… It is tradition to wake them up with a serenade in the early morning. You sing them the traditional birthday song “Las Mañanitas” = which translates to something like… The darling/sweet Morning song or melodies. This song is considered a very important & meaningful present.
Usually the serenade is done with a Mariachi band, but you know Mariachis are expensive…. & So sometimes the serenade consists of whatever you can swing. Some people sing by themselves with a track for accompaniment. Others like flat broke youngsters in love lol , get their friends together & they help the guy sing to his girl. It really doesn’t matter as long as it’s done with love, it is a present that is beautiful, romantic & memorable. Besides the really cool serenade, it is customary to make the persons favorite food on that day, take them out for a treat & prepare a special event or surprise. Presents are given on this day too, but it is more about showing a person how much you care through actions rather then through presents. The whole day is about treating to all the things they love , & being extra nice & loving toward them.
On someones birthday you can take them to a nature park/national park/historical landmark.
(All these arevery popular in Mexico, many of these parks can be found throughout.)
A walk in a regular public park is also suitable. You can enjoy fresh air buy a colorful balloon from a vendor at the park. Or a yummy cotton candy.
Theme Parks & National Land marks
Hybrids of theme park & land mark exist such as “El Bosque de Chapultepec” (Chapultepec Forest) in Mexico City
which is a giant park in middle of the modern, bustling part of the city , but it’s right next to historical Chapultepec castle. Modern meets, classical.
Or you can just go down town to “El Centro” (the center) as people call it & shop around , take in a meal, & even catch a show by street performers.