Name: Brenda Haydee Flores Marroquín
Hometown: Mexico City
Language spoken: Spanish
Family: Brenda lives with her parents and her two sisters, Karla and Vanesa.
Parent’s jobs: Her mother is a teacher at a university, and her father is a manager for a major telephone company in Mexico.
Favorite food: Macaroni and cheese
Favorite school subject: Math
Favorite activity outside of school: Making cakes
What would you like kids in the US to know about Mexico? In Mexico, we celebrate Christmas with posadas (see “Fun Facts”) and piñatas.
Mexico at a Glance
OFFICIAL NAME: United Mexican States
CAPITAL: Mexico City
LANGUAGES: Spanish, with 62 nationally recognized indigenous languages
PRESIDENT: Felipe Calderón
FUN FACTS: “Posadas”, Spanish for “lodging,” are a 400-year-old tradition in Mexico, taking place from December 16th through the 24th; in which large groups of neighbors reenact the Christmas birth scene. A procession of people carry small candles and statuettes of Joseph and Mary to a home that is playing the part of the inn where Joseph and Mary stayed. Each night for nine nights, a procession visits a different home, each night representing a month of Mary’s pregnancy.
Mexico City, the capital of Mexico, is the most populous city in the western hemisphere and the second-most populous city in the world, after Tokyo.