One major event in a young latinas life is a quinceñera . It happens once the individual turns 15 and is recognized as a transition from girl to young woman . It is often a big celebration which includes dresses, food, and lots of people . Although sometimes there is a ceremony at church before the party for the female to "present" themselves amongst the church it is not always that way and sometimes, especially in present day, it is skipped . Some do a special dance called "el valz" which is a dance that is done with the parents and the godparents of the one being celebrated on this day.
Common foods eaten in Mexico are Tacos, tamales (usually eaten on special occasions), tortas, arroz con pollo, enchiladas, and pozole (another food usually eaten on special occasions). Some popular Mexican desserts include flan, churros, and capirotada (a food similar to bread pudding)
A holiday celebrated throughout Mexico is 5de Mayo, the date is observed to commemorate the Mexican Army's unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza. It is celebrated with alcohol, aztec dancing, parades, folkloric dancing, music and showing pride of the country. It is more often celebrated in the United States but some areas of Mexico have it is a day of remembrance for those who lost their lives for Mexico's independence. Although not a major strategic win in the overall war against the French, Zaragoza's success at Puebla represented a great symbolic victory for the Mexican government and bolstered the resistance movement.
In Michoacan, Mexico the most used type of art is paintings, murals, and urban art. Their style of art is shown in many ways, from the way they dress to the way they express their creativity in holidays and special occasions.