Mole comes from the Nahuatl word mol-li, which means salsa or sauce. Many think of mole poblano (or "the chocolate sauce") as the only kind of mole, but there are hundreds of moles that vary widely in style.
Saying mole is like saying curry, it depends where you are, the local ingredients of that place, and the specific time of year. What all moles have in common is their celebratory connotation. There are moles made for the weekly family lunch, while others are for special events. For example, when someone gets married, the entire family comes together to make the mole days prior to the wedding.
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