Mexico: Builders bulldozing outskirts of Teotihuacan ruins


Source: Associated Press

The Mexican government said Tuesday that a private building project is destroying part of the outskirts of the pre-Hispanic ruin site of Teotihuacán, just north of Mexico City.

The Culture Department said it has repeatedly issued stop-work orders since March but the building crews have ignored them. The department estimated at least 25 ancient structures on the site are threatened, and it has filed a criminal complaint against those responsible.


Mexico’s Catholic Church halts large pilgrimage


Source: PBS

MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s Roman Catholic Church announced the cancellation Monday of what’s considered the world’s largest Catholic pilgrimage, for the Virgin of Guadalupe, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mexico’s Episcopal Conference said in a statement that the basilica will be closed from December 10-13. The Virgin is celebrated on Dec. 12 and for weeks in advance, pilgrims travel from across Mexico to gather by the millions in Mexico City.


Vote in Mexico brings world’s largest legal weed market one step closer


Source: Reuters

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s Senate approved a landmark cannabis legalization bill in a landslide vote on Thursday, paving the way for the creation of the world’s largest legal marijuana market if the initiative passes the next hurdle in the lower house of Congress.

Senators voted 82 to 18 to approve the measure, with seven abstentions.

Lawmakers are rushing to secure final approval before the end of the current congressional session in December. If enacted, the reform would mark a major shift in a country where drug cartel violence in recent years has claimed over 100,000 lives.


Mexico is poised to legalize marijuana, but advocates don’t like the details


Source: The Washington Post

MEXICO CITY — It’s the moment for which advocates of legal marijuana here have been waiting: Mexican lawmakers, working under a court order, have until mid-December to finalize rules that will make the country the world’s largest market for legal pot.

Advocates have long argued that legalization would put a dent in the black market; allow for safe, regulated consumption; create jobs; and cut down on crime.


Mexicans celebrate restricted Day of the Dead amid coronavirus upheaval


Source: The Gaurdian

osé Porfirio Martínez Castro and his wife Nery Urioles Nájera were tidying up their family tomb at the municipal graveyard in Morelia. They built a small altar for two of José’s siblings and adorned it with marigolds, sugar skulls and tiny bottles of Coca-Cola – his sister’s favourite drink.

Normally, they would spend the night of 1 November here, lighting candles and remembering their loved ones. But this year the cemetery will be closed because of Covid-19 restrictions, so they made their visit a few days early.


In a pandemic year, Mexico’s Day of the Dead will be more subdued


Source: Reuters

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Marigolds, known in Mexico as “the flower of the dead” for a scent believed be strong and sweet enough to attract souls and draw them back, are generally all around by mid-October as the Day of the Dead approaches.

But with the country exceeding 85,700 official deaths from the coronavirus pandemic this year, the bright, orange color has not been as prominent as Mexican authorities have said cemeteries will remain closed for the Nov. 2 celebration.


Mexico urges Austria to return Moctezuma’s headdress


Yahoo! News

Mexico’s president said Monday that he had given his wife the “almost impossible mission” of persuading Austria to return a feather headdress said to have been worn by Aztec emperor Moctezuma.

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador announced on Twitter that he had asked Beatriz Gutierrez, a journalist and writer, to appeal to Austria to give back the pre-Hispanic relic during her cultural tour of Europe.


In Pictures: Subdued celebrations for Mexico’s Independence Day


Source: Al Jazeera

Mexicans celebrated their Independence Day without big public ceremonies for the first time in 153 years on Tuesday due to restrictions on public gatherings caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Each year, the president rings the bell that marked the call to arms during the 1810-1821 struggle to win independence from Spain, and reenacts the Cry of Dolores, shouting “Viva Mexico!”


Empty plazas, idle mariachis: For Mexico, a somber Independence Day


Source: The Washington Post

MEXICO CITY — In 1847, it was a U.S. invasion that kept the crowds away from the Zócalo, the grand plaza where each year the president performs the Cry of Dolores to celebrate the country’s independence.

This week, it’s the coronavirus that has quieted what’s ordinarily the most raucous celebration on the Mexican calendar. With the country devastated by covid-19, citizens were asked to stay home on the anniversary of the uprising that led to the overthrow of Spanish rule. Police surrounded the national palace Tuesday night; the vast plaza, normally filled with people, was covered instead with a giant neon map of the country in green, white and red.


Mexico hopes to revive tourism with Teotihuacan reopening


Source: CNN

After months of closure, the UNESCO World Heritage site Teotihuacan in Mexico is reopening to the public despite the country’s ongoing struggles to curb the spread of coronavirus. CNN’s Matt Rivers reports.