13 Dangerous Mexican Traditions
There is a certain daredevil quality to all Mexicanos.
Blindfold, spinning and piñatas.
Who the hell thought blindfolding a person, spinning them around until they’re super dizzy and giving them a stick was a good idea? Oh, and don’t forget the drunk tío who stands on the roof holding the rope. There’s always one who falls.
Let’s take it up a notch and add explosives to those piñatas with el quema de Judas.
On the day before Easter, piñatas in the shape of anyone who behaved badly, like a Judas, is filled with explosives and burned in the middle of a crowd riding horses. It could not get any more dangerous.
Veladoras that stay lit 24/7.
Major fire hazard. But Mexicans don’t care.
And one is never enough.
We always have to go above and beyond.
Have you ever tried breathing through layers of frosting?! Impossible.
Leave it up to Mexicans to make dancing a dangerous activity with this machete dance.
Yes, we have a dance with machetes. WE. DANCE. WITH. MACHETES.
Then there’s la danza de los voladores.
Apparently, the machete dance is not dangerous enough because we also have the danza de los voladores. Five men climbing up a pole, four of them hang from their feet, spinning around the pole while the fifth man stands on top of the pole playing a flute. Your blood pressure drops just watching them.
The line dance that always ends up a disaster: la vibora de la mar.
Everyone’s fair game. The groom may fall, the bride may fall, single men or ladies may fall… you don’t know who, but someone always ends up eating sh*t.
Horse riding, but wait…
Riding horses may not always be dangerous, but mix it with tequila, music and pedestrians during a crowded Mexican festival and you’ve got some trouble.
El Día de los Reyes.
On el Día de los Reyes there’s always the risk of swallowing the baby Jesus on accident… or on purpose.
Launching a sh*t ton of fireworks.
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You know how fireworks come with all those warnings? Mexicanos ignore them all and there’s even a designated fireworks man or cuetero who fires them up during festivals.
All Mexicanos think they can fight like a luchador… even if they get their a$$ kicked by a pro.
Los jaripeos de toros.
Where Mexicans ride bulls for fun. Literally, for no reason other than the thrill.
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