Many of the most common elements of Mexican culture come from the state of Jalisco. There are two famous styles of music, Mariachi and Ranchero, along with several subgenres and dances, traditional clothing and hats, mezcal and, of course, tequila (we can’t forget that one!). Mariachi bands are big and are usually comprised of stringed instruments, however, they may also include brass or wind instruments as well. They wear beautifully embroidered, matching ensembles that are just plain awesome.
Jarabes and Sons, two types of songs found in Mariachi music, began in Jalisco. Jarabes, though originally religious, gained political popularity during the Mexican Revolution (Viva Mexico!) Sons, on the other hand, come from the southern part of the state and their Spanish influenced guitar later evolved into other modern, salsa-inspired Cuban rhythms.
Though typically all members of the Mariachi band can sing, they often play behind famous Ranchero singers. Ranchero also stems from the revolutionary period (although now it’s common in other areas of Mexico.) Their songs are usually about love or patriotism, two things Mexico does quite well.
Jalisco’s famous clothing includes the wide-brimmed sombrero and the typical woman’s dress, which consists of a brightly colored long skirt and loose fitting shirt woven with ribbons. Though this outfit has become a symbol of the Mexican woman, it ironically originates with the rich Spanish women of the viceroy's court who wore silks and brocades laced with ribbons. Female soldiers in the revolution wore this type of dress to stick it to the Spanish. Right on gun-toting ladies! We support irreverence in all forms.
So pour up some tequila, turn on some romantic Ranchero music and (if you’re lucky) snuggle up with a Mexican hottie (ribbons included) and salute Jalisco - the home of Tequila.