Long live the mariachi! Today they celebrate their day and their music all over Mexico
Today Mexico celebrates mariachis and their music. Mariachi Day is, as it is every January 21st, a reason to celebrate the vernacular talents found in every corner of the country.
Mariachi, originally from the western region of the country and considered traditional Mexican music, is recognized as an Intangible Heritage of Humanity by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
According to UNESCO, "Mariachi is traditional music and a fundamental element of Mexican culture through which values, heritage, history, and different indigenous languages are transmitted.
The origins of mariachi have not been easy to trace. Mariachi is the sum of a cultural evolution that has taken place over the last century or more in Mexico. Although the indigenous tribes of Mexico make music with flutes, drums, and whistles, there is no clear relationship between indigenous music and mariachi.
Mariachi musicians wear a costume inspired by that of the peasants with accessories from Spanish dress, such as spurs on their boots; they also wear long hats, pants with buttons or silver locks, bow ties, and jackets.
The mariachi is a symbol of Mexico and the people who dedicate themselves to being mariachis do so with great pride and devotion. Mexicans are always associated with mariachi. They are a Mexican custom that fascinates everyone. Their music is often heard in Mexican celebrations.
Mariachis, their music, and their costumes are known all over the world not only in Mexico, but in places like Europe, Japan or any other corner of the world. Nowadays we can find mariachis in many countries outside of Mexico like in Venezuela, where they also have great fame. In the USA they also have a great presence, as well as in Paris.