mexico nov 8 - Mexico Religion: Predominately Catholic...

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Mexico Religion: Predominately Catholic 89.6% of the population of 15 years of age can read Political System-Democracy President is elected and serves a term of six years President Calderon is president of Mexico Baptism is a Catholic ritual through which infants are welcomed into the Catholic Church This ritual is especially important as a way of establishing familial relationships with both the Holy Family and the family. Role of godparents Quinceanera is the rite of passage for a 15 year old female. Chooses 14 young ladies as her damas or attendants They choose their male partner for the celebration Close family members participate in the ceremony Celebrated with a mass and then a dinner reception Weddings in Mexico, predominately Catholic Godparents help defray the cost of the wedding Beaded rope that is wound around the couples to symbolize their union Thirteen gold coins, the bridegroom presents 13 gold coins to signify he will support her This custom originated in Spain Thirteen represents the 12 Apostles and Christ The groom pours the coins into the bride’s hands signifying her control of all of his worldly goods Mexican culture is known for the unified nature of the family The country’s divorce rate is the lowest in the world at 0.33 divorces per 1000 population Mexico recently instituted a civil union law for gay and lesbian couples Rights include social rights similar to married couples
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