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The 5 lakes surrounding Tenochtitlan (central Mexico City) are mostly gone, but Lake Xochimilco is the best preserved. Many of the Chinampas, floating gardens still exist. This is a prime tourist attraction I would love to visit.

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City of Lakes

Mexico City was built over 5 connected lakes, only parts of which survive. When the Conquistadors conquered Tenochtitlan in 1521, they drained most of the lakes. More about them in coming days.

Lake Xochimilco

Lake Texcoco

Lake Chalco

Lake Xaltocan

Lake Zumpango

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Cinco de Mayo

I wish a Happy Cinco de Mayo (May 5) to Mexican-Americans and many Mexicans celebrating the 1862 Mexican victory over French troops. Salute!

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The Chichimeca War was fought from 1550- to 1590. Tired of spending money and burying Spanish soldiers, the Spanish government signed a peace treating, hoping to acculturate the various tribes that made up the Chichimeca confederacy. The Spanish lost—to this day, some 400,000 Chichimeca still live in north-central Mexico, half still non-Christian, few speaking Spanish. (Chichimeca were renowned bowmen)

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Eostre

Today, Thursday March 19, is the Vernal (Spring) Equinox, the day when night and day are even. Also, the first day of Spring, thank God. The ancient English called it Eostre after Eostre, a dawn/fertility goddess. They celebrated this day with bunnies and eggs. Also pictured is the Spring Equinox Celebration at the Pyramid of the Sun in Teotihuacan Mexico.

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Epiphany is Monday, January 6th. AKA Three Kings Day or Little Christmas—referring to the 3 Wise Men. In Latin America it is El Dia do los Tres Reyes Magos. Puerto Rico has parties and more gift giving. Mexico celebrates with gift giving, special tamales, and Rosca de Reyes—King’s Bread.

 

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