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Martin Luther King, Jr. was an American Baptist minister, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He is most well-known for his campaigns to end racial segregation on public transport and for racial equality in the United States. His most famous address was the “I Have A Dream” speech. He was an advocate of non-violent protest and became the youngest man to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. He was assassinated in 1968.
It is seen as a day to promote equal rights for all Americans. Some educational establishments mark the day by teaching about the life and work of Martin Luther King. Some Americans give some of their time on this day as volunteers in citizen action groups and in some places commemorative walks are performed.
The influence of Martin Luther King in Mexico
Due in part to King’s efforts, in 1964, the United States passed the Civil Rights Act that banned discrimination based on “race, color, religion, or national origin”; the Voting Rights Act of 1965, that restored and protected voting rights – the same as President Vicente Guerrero did in Mexico in 1829.
Civil Rights legislation also included the Immigration and Nationality Services Act of 1965 that dramatically opened entry to the U.S. to immigrants from Mexico and other non-European groups; and the Fair Housing Act of 1968, that banned racial discrimination in the sale or rental of housing.
Tragically, like President Vicente Guerrero of Mexico who abolished slavery and was executed on February 14, 1831; and President Abraham Lincoln of the United States, who abolished slavery and was assassinated on April 11, 1865; Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was also assassinated on April 4, 1968. Tragically, these three great leaders of freedom were all murdered.
“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward” – Martin Luther King.
With the traditional 12 grapes, a glass of wine, laughter, hugs and rituals is as in many places in the world was celebrating the beginning of the New Year where the celebration focuses on the aspirations, goals and desires that every person wants to make reality. So regardless of frontiers, nationalities, races or beliefs Playa Mazatlan Beach Hotel wishes you a Happy New Year full of health, happiness and hope to achieve greater success in the coming year.
Waiting for the New Year is very special in Mexico since it always cause expectation and joy in the families, is a time to reflect on what lived in the year that is ending and the celebration of the renewal that is coming. Its celebration is very similar to the Christmas Eve just at 12:00 hours all guests raise their glasses and eat 12 grapes as fast as they can, impregnating each longing or purpose to be achieved. In some other homes diverse rituals are prepared as seeds spread throughout the house to encourage prosperity, leave with suitcases predicting a great year for trips or dress yellow underwear for money, red for love or white for peace.
Unlike the Christmas in Mexico the celebration of the New Year is a great opportunity to go out to party with friends and family to clubs, bars or restaurants, where the feast continues late into the morning.
Every region of our country has its own culinary traditions, so the menu of the night is extremely varied, from turkey, romeritos (is a Mexican dish from Mexico City, consisting of sprigs of a wild plant known as Romerito (“Suaeda”) that looks like rosemary, therefore its name), marinated pork, to the exquisite tamales, atole, pozole, fish and ‘buñuelos’ (fritters).
In Playa Mazatlan we like to pamper our guests with the tradition that surrounds this long-awaited date with joy and warmth that characterizes the port, where live music, delicious buffet and fireworks are the main ingredients.
Happy New Year!
Laughs, happiness, wine, grapes, holiday, food, friends and family are some of the ingredients for the New Year celebration which invites us to reflect on the year that we leave; and purpose and hope that we glimpse for the year we are about to receive.
From always, the New Year is a celebration for a desired victory but has not yet been conquered and every country and region of the world celebrates it with some particularity. This time we invite you to take a look at the New Year in Canada, a country composed of unexpected wonders that encourages you to explore it.
The beauty and uniqueness of each city and province make Canada one of the most beautiful countries in the world and a favorite place to live. Its multiculturalism and miscegenation make every celebration brings its special touch.
For the New Year the Canadian people organizes large and small parties in clubs, bars, nightclubs and homes, where good music, food and party continues until the early hours of the new year. Some customs or traditions that are followed rigorously with the belief bring good luck and prosperity for all it is to go swimming on New Year’s, so do not be alarmed if you find children, young or old taking a dip in one of its lakes. Another tradition is the applause and roars at the time it reaches the New Year because it is a way to balance the negative energies of the year that are being dismissed.
In Canada, the kiss is considered the traditional way to show love and the strengthening ties, so at the entrance of the New Year everyone is greeted with a kiss and hug wishing each other a happy new year; likewise the exchange of gifts is a way to express good wishes for the year that is about to begin.
Thanks to its multiculturalism in Canada it is not possible to speak about its own kitchen that covers the entire country, since each region has a culinary tradition for this time of year, but it is necessary to emphasize that the main gastronomic influence comes from the English and French tradition.
For example, in the province of Quebec the “Tourtière” is a traditional dish at Christmas and New Year, which is a kind of cake made with pork, venison or cow. In the interior of the country the typical food is meat and in places like Alberta, smoked salmon. Also we cannot fail to mention the desserts that many of them take the touch of maple syrup, the main symbol of Canada and the only the only emblem that shines in its flag.
Playa Mazatlan Beach Hotel wishes you all the Canadian people, visitors and community living in the warm port of Mazatlan a happy new year and all of your dreams and wishes come true!
Every 6th of January Mexico celebrates the tradition of the Magi where tells the story that the Three Wise Men came from the Far East mounted on a camel, a horse and an elephant undertook their journey led by a brilliant star to adore the just-born baby Jesus.
The origin of this beautiful tradition takes us to the Bible where the Gospel of Matthew narrates the way that made three “wise men” (at that time it was called “magicians” for the ‘wise’ or ‘astronomers’) that were following a star until they came to Bethlehem to visit the newborn baby Jesus and who offered him three gifts: gold (for being a king), myrrh (for being a man) and incense (for being God).
Gradually, the tradition has been adding other details such as the name of the Three Kings: Melchior, elderly white-haired and long beard of the same color; Caspar, younger and blond; and Balthazar, a black gentleman.
The celebration of January 6, also known as Three Kings Day, is that children previously written a letter to the Three Kings asking them the gifts that they would like to receive. On the eve of the holiday (January 6) leave by the window or Christmas tree their shoes with a little bit of straw (which serve to feed the animals that accompany the Magi). On the morning of January 6, straw disappears and all children run to looking their shoes where they will find their gifts.
The same day the families and friends gather to break the traditional Rosca de Reyes (kingcake – a special ring-shaped cake), which is baked with a “doll” inside and those who find it shall organize the feast on February 2, Day of the Virgin of Candelaria, where they will taste some delicious tamales accompanied by atole.
Undoubtedly, the Day of the Three Kings in Mexico is a magical celebration where tradition is combined with faith, hope and illusion and is a pleasure to share with you.
Happy Three Kings Day!
Hotel Playa Mazatlán Beach Hotel’s ongoing Playapalooza music and comedy festival is in full swing and set to party on through 2016. The Venados showroom has been rocking. Incredible music and comedy performances have been delighting hotel guests and residents of Mazatlán alike. The celebration is about to reach a whole new level. If you missed out on all of the amazing 2015 events, don’t feel too bad, there is plenty left to see! The calendar is loaded and the excitement is building. Get your tickets now before it is too late! Come enjoy a night of food, drinks, music, and comedy unlike any other.
Upcoming Musical Performances
You are probably wondering what upcoming musical performances are around the corner in 2016! Kicking off the calendar are The Headpins, performing in English and Spanish on Thursday, January 14th. These legends of rock n’ roll always put on a great show. Next up in the Joan Kennedy Band performing country music on February 12. Rounding out the calendar is Mazatlán’s very own Los Humans playing a best of U2 tribute performance on Friday, March 4. Tickets to each of these performances are still available, but don’t hesitate, they are going fast!
Upcoming Comedy Acts
Playapalooza isn’t just about amazing musical performances, it is about hilarious comedy as well! Tickets to each of these comedy show spectaculars also give you access to an open bar and all you can eat buffet from 6:00PM-9:00PM. On Sunday, January 10, Matt Falk and Leland Klassen will be performing. What a great way to kick off the year! Coming up next on February 14th are Cathy Ladman and Corny Remple who performs as Elvis! To wrap-up the Playapalooza calendar, Frances Dilorinzo and Michael Mancini will be putting on a show on March 13. We can’t wait to see everyone out there!
From 4 to 9 February the heavenly port of Mazatlan invites you to celebrate its maximum holiday, the International Carnival 2016 “Mazatlántida, the allegory that emerged from the waves”, which stands out for its beauty, color, music, joy and fun.
That is why the Director of the Institute of Culture, Tourism and Art of Mazatlan, Raul Rico Gonzalez, unveiled the artistic cast that will be part of the history of the port, so we invite you to reserve with time your place and be part of one of the best carnivals of Mexico.
Friday, January 29 – Angela Peralta Theater – 20:00 hours
Evening of the Arts
World-class concert with the tenor Arturo Chacon, soprano Angelica Alejandre and the Sinaloa of the Arts Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Enrique Patrón de Rueda.
Thursday 4th February
Coronation King of Happiness
Musical presentation by Kevin Ortiz, Julio Preciado and Banda Divina.
Friday 5th February – “Teodoro Mariscal” Stadium
Coronation of the Floral Games Queen
Al McKay: Earth, Wind & Fire, Fela Dominguez, Maria del Sor and the Sinaloa of the Arts Symphony Orchestra will be responsible for presenting a magnanimous show created from iconic themes that gave fame and remain in the taste of the new generations seventies and eighties performers such as Donna Summer, Gloria Gaynor, The Bee Gees, Villege People, Laura Branigan, Irene Cara, Toto, Earth, Wind & Fire, Michael Jackson, ABBA, among other great figures of world class.
Saturday 6th February – “Teodoro Mariscal” Stadium – 18:30 hours
Coronation of the Carnaval Queen
Mexican pop group Kabah & OV7 profiled between clusters with more followers in recent years will be in charge of delighting the audience with the greatest hits that kept them at the top of popularity in the country.
Monday 8th February – “Teodoro Mariscal” Stadium – 18:30 hours
Coronation of the Children’s Queen
The Mexican rock-pop duo Ha Ash, composed of the sisters Hanna Nicole and Ashley Grace Perez Mosa, will be the stellar figures during the event.
Monday 8th February – Olas Altas – 23:00 hours
Musical performance by the Banda MS
Tuesday 9th February – Olas Altas – 22:00 hours
Musical performance by Pancho Barraza, Luis Antonio “El Mimoso”, Paola Preciado, Banda Playa Grande and Grupo Código FM.
Tickets are available at the box office of the Angela Peralta Theater, at the Institute of Culture, Grand Plaza, Plaza Galerias and Plazuela Machado.
Here in Mazatlán, one of our largest points of pride is our rich and interesting history. The Mazatlán area has undergone a number of changes throughout the countless centuries. Before becoming the modern Mexico we know today, there was the long period of Spanish conquest. Looking back even further than the Spanish conquest, the Mazatlán area was inhabited by a wide range of indigenous peoples. The Museo Arqueológico de Mazatlán features awesome exhibits exploring pre-Columbian Sinaloan culture and history.
About the Museo Arqueológico de Mazatlán
The Museo Arqueológico de Mazatlán is just a short four blocks away from the historic Plaza Machado in Mazatlán Centro Historico. The actual museum buildings is nearly 100 years old. It has been immaculately restored and is in fantastic condition. It is also conveniently located just across the street from the Museo de Arte. Tourist can spend the entire day immersing themselves in culture, history, and art. After they work up an appetite exploring, they can explore the city to find a bite to eat.
The exhibits of the museum
You may be wondering to yourself, what exactly am I going to find inside the Museo Arqueológico de Mazatlán? The museum’s exhibits focus largely on the indigenous inhabitant of the Mazatlán area which include the Acaxee, Pacaxee, Tahue, Xixime, and Totorame. Archeologist have learned an immense amount about the cultures just from the artifacts that they have left behind. It is believe that most of these cultures were peaceful ones. They prioritized fishing, agriculture, and trading with the indigenous people on the inland areas.
Featured in the Museo Arqueológico de Mazatlán are extensive displays of pottery, figurines, artifacts, and even human remains. This is all we have left to remember these ancient cultures. Walking through the exhibits of Museo Arqueológico de Mazatlán is truly an experience unlike any other.
Christmas decorations, lights, carols, piñatas, turkey and the warmth and joy that surround this celebration, Christmas in Mexico expresses its own personality where prehispanic culture and traditions remain.
To celebrate the anniversary of the birth of Jesus Christ, thousands of families decorate their homes with the Nativity Set, which have their origin in the live Nativity Scene that Saint Francis of Assisi recreated nearly 800 years ago to illustrate the Jesus Christ’ birth.
Its elaboration awakens the creativity of every home since you can find Nativity Set made of porcelain, mud, paper, cardboard, plaster, straw, among others; and where the main characters are: the Virgin Mary, St. Joseph and baby Jesus, accompanied by the The Magi (Melchior, Gaspar and Balthasar), angels and farm animals.
When the month of December starts you can’t miss the traditional “Posadas” where Christmas carols, sparklers, typical food and piñatas are the delight of children and adults; as well as the “Pastorelas” where elements of the Mexican Christmas parties and indigenous traditions of our people come together whose objective is to represent the Jesus Christ’ birth always permeating the mischief and Mexican touch.
Finally Mexican families wave goodbye this beautiful time of the year with the celebration of Epiphany where everyone shares a slice of traditional ring-shaped cake (known as Rosca de Reyes) and the lucky one of find the baby Jesus in it shall invite the family to eat tamales and atole on February 2, Day of the ‘Candelaria’.
Hotel Playa Mazatlan shares with joy this time of celebration with all its visitors and invite you to celebrate the traditional Christmas Eve dinner with us!
Mexico and America share a number of passions, but maybe first on that long list is a love for the sport of Baseball. Baseball has been known as America’s pastime for over a hundred years, but did you know that is equally beloved here in Mexico? It is true! Especially in Mazatlán, where we have a true love for the sport. If you are a baseball fan visiting Mazatlán for vacation, you are in luck, because we are home to one of the most historic teams in the country, the Mazatlán Venados!
About Venados baseball
Considering the fact that the Mazatlán City Guide lists visiting Estadio Teodoro Marsical for a Venados home game as one of Mazatlán’s top tourist attractions, we would call this a can’t miss event. The Venados de Mazatlán participate in the Mexican Pacific League, which is Mexico’s largest winter baseball league. So, if you are a baseball fan visiting Mazatlán, you might want to consider scheduling you trip during the winter!
History of the team
The Venados de Mazatlán are one of Mexico’s oldest professional baseball teams, founded way back in 1945. You might be wondering, are they also one of Mexico’s most successful baseball teams? Well, the answer is yes! They have won eight Pacific League Championships, the first one coming in 1974, and the most recent in 2009. The success of the Venados has spanned nearly four decades! And that isn’t all, in 2005 the Venados won the Caribbean World Series!
The Estadio Teodoro Marsical Stadium
Not only will you get a chance to watch one of Mexico’s greatest teams, you will get to watch them in one of Mexico’s finest baseball stadiums. Estadio Teodoro Mariscal was originally built in 1962, but it has since undergone full renovations. It seats 14,000 individuals in incredible comfort. If you have a night free in Mazatlán, what better way to spend it than at Estadio Teodoro Marsical watching the Venados?
Whew, we have spent a lot of time this month talking about essential Mazatlán experiences. The list keeps growing. Now, we don’t want to give you the idea that this list is comprehensive in any way. This is just a brief overview of a few of the activities you can find yourself engaged in when visiting Mazatlán and staying in Hotel Playa Mazatlán Beach Hotel. Let’s add a few more experiences to the list! It looks like you are going to have some busy days ahead of you.
The beautiful Baluarte Bridge
This is an attraction you might not find on most lists of essential Mazatlán activities, but we think visiting the Baluarte Bridge is unique and incredible experience. The Baluarte Bridge is a wonder on modern engineering which spans the length of a massive gorge between Mazatlán and Durango. It is not exactly close – approximately a few hour’s drive outside the heart of Mazatlan, which is actually one of the bridges appeals. The drive gives you time to observe and become immersed in Mexico’s natural beauty. After taking in Mexico’s splendor by car, you arrive at the tallest cable stayed bridge in the entire world. A day enjoying nature and taking in the wonder of man’s engineering capabilities? Sounds like a great day to us!
And don’t let us forget….
It probably shouldn’t have taken us three blog posts to get here, but we wanted to save the best for last. The number one, most important thing to do when visiting Mazatlán should be obvious –you must spend time at the beach. Our beautiful, legendary beaches are what Mazatlán is really know for. The problem is, if you visit our beaches first, you might never be able to tear yourself away from them to enjoy the rest of the sites!
If you have any other questions about things to do in Mazatlán, please don’t hesitate to ask! We love talking with people about our fantastic city. We can’t wait to hear from you.