Jarabe Tapatío, or the Mexican hat dance, is the best known of a variety of Mexican folk dance called the jarabe. Originally banned by colonial authorities in the 19th century due to its sexual nature and general challenge to Spanish rule, it has since become symbolic of Mexico both in the country and abroad. As such the dress worn by participants is also meant to symbolize Mexican women and men, with women dressed in a style called “China Poblana” and men dressed as charros.
Better known internationally as the “Mexican hat dance” the jarabe tapatío has come to symbolize Mexico both inside the country and outside. The word jarabe is likely from the Arab word “xarab” which means “herb mixture.” Tapatío is the nickname given the people of Guadalajara . The jarabe tapatío shares its name with a number of dances from the center and south of Mexico, including the jarabe de Jalisco, the jarabe de atole and the jarabe moreliano, but the tapatío version is by far the best known.
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