Mexico is located under the United States in the southern hemisphere in South America. Mexico is developing and becoming more like Canada each day. About 75% of the population now lives in cities. The main language in Mexico is Spanish. Majority of the population is catholic. About 95% have been baptized Catholics. Making it the second largest catholic country in the world after Brazil. The national sport in Mexico is Charreria. Which is bullfighting a tradition from Spain. Mexico is also known for boxing. Mexico hosted the summer Olympics in 1968 and the FIFA world cup in 1970 and 1986, and was the first country to host a FIFA world up and the Olympics and also the first country to host the FIFA world cup twice.
El Paso de la Muerte (The Pass of Death)
Marriage is so popular that by the time Mexicans are fifty years old, more than 95 percent of them have been married at least once (Salles and Tuiran 1997). The union of these couples is increasingly sanctioned by both church and state (80.5%). Some couples cohabitate without marrying (INEGI 2000). In the early twenty-first century, the average age for marriage was twenty-three for females and twenty-six for males (INEGI 2000). Until the 1980s, men used to wed women who liked to stay home and were feminine, hard working, honest, and simple; since then, attributes like submissiveness have declined in popularity. At the same time, there is a growing tendency to look for women who are faithful, understanding, responsible, and intelligent. The pattern reflects a new conceptualization of women and their role in couple relationships. At the same time, females have maintained their traditional search paradigm and are still looking for hard-working, faithful, good, understanding, and intelligent men (Consejo Nacional de Poblacion 1995).
The profound changes in the attributes that males and females look for in a mate have had a major impact on the family life, which in turn has led to a reestablishment of the Mexican family. Mexicans are marrying older, are starting to forgo religious marriage in favor of legal or free unions, and perceive and interpret relationships in a more egalitarian form. In essence, there is a movement away from some of the traditions and rituals towards more individually based unions. In this world of transition, the families everyday lives, dynamics, functioning, and organizations have been profoundly altered, creating new forms of conflict and crisis. Families increasingly see the lack of communication, financial difficulties, absence of respect for elders and parents, addictions, lack of closeness, and struggles with the upbringing of children and domestic chores as insurmountable problems (Espinosa Gomez 2000).