Facts about Mexican culture and the meaning of their colors!

flag of mexican culture
waving flag of mexico

Each country has its own culture. A culture that originates from the history of the nation of that country. Naturally, Mexico is no exception.  Mexican culture, a culture mixed with colors.

In addition, Native Mexicans are an important part of this culture. Because these people still retain their ancient beliefs and hold their rituals. Ceremonies where colors are important.

In the following, we are going to learn more about Mexican culture and the important colors in this culture.

Let’s step into Mexican culture:

Mexican colors meaning

In fact, Mexican culture and art are intertwined with symbolism. Color symbolism is also part of it. To explain this symbolism and to understand Mexican culture precisely, we must look at its two past civilizations.

Two civilizations, the Aztecs and the Mayan, that have greatly influenced Mexican culture, art and fashion.

In general, the basis of Aztec color symbolism was to consider different colors for the four main directions with the ruling god. But the basis of Mayan color symbolism is connection with God.

In the following, we will become more familiar with each of the civilizations and their color symbolism:

Aztec color symbolism in mexican culture

I mentioned earlier that the Aztecs use colors to represent four geographical directions. They also have a separate deity for each direction.

Let’s discover the colors of this culture:

Black in Aztec culture:

In Aztec culture, black is a symbol of the north. In addition, the god they considered for the north was Tezcatlipoca. A god who watches over destiny and the night. This color is also a symbol of divinity and death.

the symbol of the god of the north in Mexican Aztec culture is black.

Blue in Aztec culture:

The Aztecs choose blue for the south. The god Huitzilopochtli was also the god of the south, the god of the sun and war. Its symbol was in the shape of a rabbit.

the symbol of the god of the south in Mexican Aztec culture is blue.

Green in Aztec culture:

Green is the color of the West in Aztec culture.  The gods of this geographical direction were Mictlantecuhtli and Centeotl. This color was also sacred to the Aztec ruler. In addition, the east was considered a sign of sunset.

the symbol of the god of the west in Mexican Aztec culture is green.

Red in Aztec culture:

For the East, red is considered. Quetzalcoatl, Totec, Ehecatl and Tezcatlipoca are the gods of this direction. The Aztecs also saw the East as a sign of the rising sun.

the symbol of the god of the east in Mexican Aztec culture is red.

Mayan color symbolism in mexican culture

The Mayan adopted a single deity named Tohil.  This god taught the Mayan the meanings of color along with the symbol of eagles, bees, wasps, and jaguars.

See colors in Mayan culture:

Red in Mayan culture:

Red is the color of blood, and the Mayan considered it a symbol of the sun and life.

Yellow in Mayan culture:

Yellow is the color of corn. The Mayan believed that God made corn, so it is a symbol of life.

Green in Mayan culture:

Mayan culture considered green a royal color. It was also a symbol of fertility and immortality.

Blue in Mayan culture:

The Mayan considered blue a color of sacrifice. They also used this color in many of their paintings.

Black in Mayan culture:

Black was a symbol of war for the Mayan.

the symbol of the God in Mexican Mayan culture which consists of yellow, red, blue, green and black.

Mexican colors flag

The Mexican flag consists of three colors green, white and red with an arm on a white stripe. This flag would have looked like the Italian flag if it did not have the national emblem in the middle.

Moreover, this flag has changed a lot over the years. But in the end, due to Mexico’s independence wars, these three colors were chosen.

The meaning of the colors of the Mexican flag:

Green is a symbol of hope. White is a symbol of unity and red is a symbol of the blood of the martyrs. The martyrs who were killed on the way to gaining independence.

mexican flag in three colors green, white and red.

Mexican fiesta colors

Every year, various celebrations are held in Mexico, the most important of which is the color.  Maybe that’s why Mexico is the country of colors.

In fact, Mexicans have preserved their traditional festivals from the past, and the set of these festivals is called fiestas, which are usually performed on religious holidays.

Most festivals offer music, dance, and Mexican cuisine, and people wear their own local costumes. In addition, certain colors are used more in each celebration.

In the following, you can see the color palette of each celebration and get ideas from them:

Dopely color palette of mexican family image with fiesta festivale costumes consisting of blue, yellow, red, green and gray.
Dopely color palette of the image of a table full of colorful fiesta festive snacks including yellow, red, black and blue.
dopely color palette of mexican fiesta festive decorations image in dark blue, light blue, green, orange and magenta
Dopely color palette of the image of fiesta festive cactus pots in green, yellow, dark blue and light blue colors.
Dopely color palette of fiesta dance costumes in white, black, blue, yellow and pink.

Mexican hacienda colors

Originally, the hacienda was a system that ruled some parts of Latin America during colonial times.

But years after that system, people are still interested in the style of architecture and interior decoration that was in this system and implement it.

In this way, you can use a few colors to animate an architecture or an interior space and bring it to life.

Interior in Mexican hacienda:

In this painting, light orange, cobalt blue, red and bright yellow colors are usually for the interior.

view of the interior of a Mexican house with bright yellow walls.

In addition, they use neutral colors such as khaki, brown, burnt umber, burnt sienna and beige. Usually white can be used with all these colors.

another view of the interior of a Mexican house with white walls and brown stairs.

Outdoor space in Mexican hacienda:

In the Mexican hacienda, pale yellow, burnt orange, white, and beige are commonly for the exterior and architecture of buildings. There is also brick facade in this style.

white facade of a mexican house
view of Mexican house in pink, light orange and blue.
another view of a Mexican house with beige and brown facade.

The last word

As you can see, Mexican culture, art, and architecture are largely related to the religion of centuries past, such as the Maya, Aztecs, and even the Spaniards.

Familiarity with the color symbolism of any country makes us more familiar with the culture and people of that country.

I hope you enjoy reading this article!

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Nazanin

It's Nazanin. For me who loves the rainbow after the rain. What could be more beautiful than writing about colors ?! Well, I'm here now, in Dopely, to share my writings about colors with you and take you with me to the world of colors!

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