Guadalajara with a population of 1,495,189 is the capital and largest city of the Mexican state of Jalisco, and the seat of the municipality of Guadalajara. The city is in the central region of Jalisco in the Western-Pacific area of Mexico. Although the temperature is warm year-round, Guadalajara has very strong seasonal variation in precipitation, with a great deal of rain in the summer months, whereas for the rest of the year, the climate is rather arid. Guadalajara is the cultural center of western Mexico and the second most important cultural center in the country. It is nicknamed the "Pearl of the West." While it is a modern city, it has kept many of the rural traditions of Jalisco, such as mariachi and a strong sense of Catholicism. Guadalajara is also known for several large cultural festivals. The International Film Festival of Guadalajara is a yearly event which happens in March.