Mexican Culture


  • A firm handshake with eye contact and a smile is the appropriate greeting in most situations. In more casual settings, people may simply give one another a nod of the head.
  • Once people become acquainted, greetings become a lot warmer and Mexicans often prefer to embrace (abrazo). This involves a loose embrace accompanied with a kiss on the right cheek.
  • The common verbal greeting is “Buenos dias” (Good day), “Buenas tardes” (Good afternoon) or “Buenas noches” (Good evening/night) depending on the time of day.
  • A more casual greeting is “Hola” (Hello), “¿Qué tal?” (What’s up?) or “¿Cómo estás?” (How are you?).
  • Be aware that greetings may differ in predominantly Indigenous towns. For instance, in many towns in the state of Oaxaca, the expected greeting is a loose handshake (never a kiss or embrace) as close physical contact with people outside of one's family is less common.
  • It is common politeness to show personal interest in a person whilst greeting. Enquire about their family and health.
  • The formal title to greet people with is ‘Señor’ (Mr) for men and ‘Señora’ (Ms) for women. This is followed by one’s surname.
  • Elders may be addressed as ‘Don’ (Sir) or 'Doña' (Ma’am) followed by their surname to show more respect.
  • It is common for people to briefly interrupt a conversation in order to greet somebody who has just arrived or who is passing by. This is generally not considered rude.
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  • Population
    [July 2017 est.]
  • Languages
    Spanish (de facto national language)
    Over 60 indigenous languages, including Nahuatl, Yucatec Maya, Mixtec, Zapotec, Tzeltal Maya, Tzotzil Maya and Otomi.
  • Religions
    Catholic Christian (82.72%)
    Evangelical Christian (6.74%)
    No Religion (4.68%)
    Unspecified (2.72%)
    Jehovah's Witness (1.39%)
    Protestant Christian (0.74%)
    Other (1.02%)
    [2010 census]
  • Ethnicities
    Mestizo (64.3%)
    Mexican white (15.0%)
    Detribalised Amerindian (10.5%)
    Other Amerindian (7.5%)
    Arab (1.0%)
    Mexican black (0.5%)
    Other (1.2%)
    Note: Mexico does not collect census data on ethnicity. All figures above are estimates.
    [Encyclopedia Britannica, 2010]
  • Cultural Dimensions
  • Australians with Mexican Ancestry
    7,414 [2016 census]
Mexicans in Australia
  • Population
    [2016 census]
    This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in Mexico.
  • Average Age
  • Gender
    Male (47.9%)
    Female (52.1%)
  • Religion
    Catholic Christianity (63.2%)
    No Religion (19.0%)
    Christianity, ndf (3.0%)
    Not stated (2.8%)
    Other (12%)
  • Ancestry
    Mexican (65.9%)
    Spanish (12.0%)
    Australian (3.0%)
    English (2.9%)
    Other (16.2%)
  • Language Spoken at Home
    Spanish (79.9%)
    English (16.7%)
    Other (2.8%)
    Not stated (0.6%)
    Of those who speak a language other than English at home, 93.6% speak English fluently.
  • English Proficiency
    Well (93.6%)
    Not Well (5.5%)
  • Diaspora
    New South Wales (35.4%)
    Victoria (27.1%)
    Queensland (16.4%)
    South Australia (8.9%)
  • Arrival to Australia
    Prior to 2001 (25.2%)
    2001-2006 (22%)
    2007-2011 (48.4%)
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