Thursday, October 29, 2009


Lotería is a traditional Mexican board game played similarly to Bingo, with beans used as place markers. One person calls out the card (but has to come up with a creative rhyme for the players to figure out), and whoever fills in the spaces on the playing cards first wins.

The images on lotería cards are also considered folk art, depicting popular Mexican figures such as "El Borracho" (The drunkard), "La Calavera" (The skeleton), and "La Chalupa" (The flower boat). Other images on traditional lotería game cards can also include fruits, vegetables, world flags, etc. Nowadays, modern lotería game cards don't show as many Mexican fixtures, but can be a tool to teach Spanish in American schools.

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