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Mexico’s Cemeteries Are A Reminder Of How Beautiful Life Is

Cemeteries don’t often conjure up thoughts of beauty. Most are somber environments filled with gray tombstones commemorating a person’s time on Earth. But in Mexico, cemeteries don’t only honor the dead — they’re also a celebration of the culture in which those people lived. These beautiful cemeteries are proof that no matter what tragedy we face, the human spirit will not only endure, but thrive.

As 2016 comes to a close, now is the perfect time to reflect on those we lost this year, but also a chance to celebrate the joy they brought to our lives. Let’s look at some of the most beautiful cemeteries found in Mexico.

“In the end, perfection is just a concept — an impossibility we use to torture ourselves — and that contradicts nature.” – Guillermo del Toro

Gorgeous cemetery in Mexico. #cemetery #mexicancemetary #rivieramaya #xcaret

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“We have to laugh. Because laughter, we already know, is the first evidence of freedom.” – Rosario Castellanos

#Xcaret #mexicancemetery #playadelcarmen #unrealtombstones #makesureIgetone

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“In Mexico you have death very close. That’s true for all human beings because it’s a part of life, but in Mexico, death can be found in many things.” – Gael Garcia Bernal

A lovely Mexican cemetery that seems to be more joy than sadness. ????? (I found my Facebook pics and screenshot them! ?)

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“Nothing is worth more than laughter. It is strength to laugh and to abandon oneself, to be light. Tragedy is the most ridiculous thing.” – Frida Kahlo

#found #treasures #mexicancemetery #travel #adventure #colour

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“Solitude is the profoundest fact of the human condition. Man is the only being who knows he is alone.” – Octavio Paz

#mexicancemetery

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“My sole ambition is to rid Mexico of the class that has oppressed her and given the people a chance to know what real liberty means. And if I could bring that about today by giving up my life, I would do it gladly.” – Pancho Villa

#mexicancemetery #colorful #meurtos #xcaret #mayariviera #rivieramaya

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“Revenge is never good, it kills the soul and poisons it.” – El Chavo del Ocho

“I am not interested in slice of life. What I want is a slice of the imagination.” – Carlos Fuentes

“If you want, I would stay with you all my life until I die.” – Juan Gabriel


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Viva Mexico Is Trending On Twitter Proving That Mexico Is More Than Just A Country

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Viva Mexico Is Trending On Twitter Proving That Mexico Is More Than Just A Country

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It is Mexico’s Independence Day and that means that Mexicans around the world are honoring their roots. Twitter is buzzing with people who might not be in Mexico but they will forever have Mexico in their hearts. Here are just a few of the loving messages from people who are Mexican through and through.

Viva Mexico is trending on social media and the tweets are filled with love and passion for the country.

Mexico received its independence from Spain on September 16, 1810 and since then the day has been marked with celebration. The day is marked with parties of pride and culture no matter where you are in the world.

Mexicans everywhere are letting their Mexican flag fly.

Tbh, who doesn’t want to be Mexican to enjoy the day of puro pinche pride? The celebration for Mexican Independence Day starts on Sept. 15 with El Grito. The tradition is that the president of Mexico stands on the balcony on Sept. 15 at 11 p.m. and rings the same church bell that Roman Catholic priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla rang in 1810 to trigger the Mexican Revolution.

People are loving all of the celebrations for their homeland.

The original El Grito took place in Dolores Hidalgo, Guanajuato in 1810. While most El Grito celebrations take place at the National Palace, some presidents, especially on their last year, celebrate El Grito in the town where it originated.

Honestly, no one celebrates their independence day like Mexico and we love them for it.

¡Viva Mexico! Mexico lindo y querido. How are you celebrating the Mexican Independence Day this year? Show us what you have planned.

READ: Many Mexicans Are Calling Out Fragile Masculinity As Some Continue To Protest A Controversial Zapata Painting

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Volunteer Firefighters From Mexico Went to Oregon to Help Their “Sister City” Contain the Unprecedented Fires

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Volunteer Firefighters From Mexico Went to Oregon to Help Their “Sister City” Contain the Unprecedented Fires

Just when you thought humanity has failed us, someone steps up and shows the world that the generosity of the human spirit is alive and well. 

Last week, a post on Reddit went viral of a group of volunteer firefighters from Guanajuato, Mexico who traveled to the city of Ashland, Oregon to help fight the wildfires that are blazing across the western state.

The fire department is called Heroico Cuerpo de Bomberos Voluntarios, the Heroic Volunteer Fire Department, in English.

The two towns have had a “sister city” relationship for over 50 years. Sister-city relationships are meant to “promote peace and understanding through exchanges that focus on arts and culture, youth and education, business and trade, and community development”.

The internet swiftly erupted into comments praising the volunteer firefighters for their bravery and comradery. “Mexico also sent relief during Katrina. Mexico and Canada are our best allies, always there for us regardless of the politics,” one commenter said. Another chimed in: “Welcome to Oregon, amigos. Mantenga una bota en el quemado.”

The troop of men who traveled from Mexico to the United States were identified as Captain Aldo Iván Ruiz, Captain Juan Armando Alvarez Villegas, Sargent Jorge Luis Anguiano Jasso, Sargent Luis Alfonso Campos Martínez and Miguel Ángel Hernández Lara. They were accompanied by the mayor of Guanajuato, Alejandro Navarro.

“We began the relief work,” Navarro wrote on Twitter. “Very moved by the terrible impact of the fire on families and their homes.”

The Oregon wildfires are just one of the many that are blazing down the West Coast of the United States, taking people’s homes, land, and sometimes, their lives. In more than 1 million acres have burned and two dozen fires are still raging.

“Almost every year since becoming governor, I’ve witnessed historic fire seasons,” Oregon Governor Kate Brown recently said at a press conference. “Yet this is proving to be an unprecedented and significant fire event for our state.”

Experts are hypothesizing that these unprecedented fires are further evidence of the toll man-made climate change is having on the environment. 

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“I can’t think of any time over the last 100 years where we’ve had serial fire outbreaks, four years running,” said fire historian Stephen Pyne to the Washington Post. “That I can find no record of happening before,” he added. “That is the big switch; that is the phase change.”

Regardless of what has caused the fires, the bravery of these firefighters is worth commendable. Their actions are further proof that borders cannot contain the universal values of kindness, altruism, and brotherhood.

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