Celebrate the holidays in Merida
The colonial capital of the Yucatan, the land of ancient Mayan traditions, has reinvented itself as a cool place for expats who are looking for a piece of paradise in a very Mexican way. Merida is fast becoming the most popular city in the Yucatan for Mexicans and foreigners alike. If you have fallen in love with this city and its surrounding areas, like most have, you may want to invest in some real estate in this quaint but large, eclectic city.
The Plaza Grande, Merida’s main square is flanked by 16th-century Spanish colonial buildings and the oldest cathedral in the Americas, built with stones from a Mayan temple. During the holiday season here, Merida becomes just a bit more magical than it usually is. Merida is layered with history. Separated from the rest of the country by large rivers, the Yucatan Peninsula is considered more Caribbean than Mexico.
The Mayan and Mexican cultures collide here. The Mayan ancient language is still spoken in the Yucatan today. Even the Mayan folklore is predominate here. A lunar eclipse is said to be the work of ants eating the moon and during those nights children bang pots and pans to make the bugs stop. The invasion of locusts on Christmas Day is a mystery even the locals can’t explain but they believe they might symbolize the Spanish colonists who became the rulers of the city in 1542.
The Christmas season begins early in Mexico. Las Posadas, nine days of candlelight processions and parties that start on December 16. In Merida, the Mayan heritage is as important as Christianity and the two often collide. The Plaza Grande is closed to traffic on Sundays, which turns the city into a street fair of vendors and holiday fanfare.
Traditions are abundant in Mexico and Merida is no exception. Just like in the United States, their traditional Christmas dish is also turkey. Theirs is called Pavo en Relleno negro which is a blackened-chile turkey. There are even traditions that come into place for New Year’s. One is to eat 12 grapes, one for each stroke of midnight, for good luck in the coming year.
The days are warm and humid in Merida but the nights are cool and airy. December is a great time to visit and an even better time to experience Merida and it’s neighboring towns. Once you visit here during the holidays we can assure you that you will be house hunting in no time. The warmth and kindness that exudes through the Yucatan during the holiday season aren’t just limited to this time of year. Locals here a warm and kind all throughout the year and once you taste it, you won’t want to leave it.
Come and visit Merida during the Christmas season and stay for a while. Then let the professional real estate staff of Merida Property Management find you a place to call your own here.
Celebrate the holidays in Merida and then stay forever.