Mexican Holidays

  • January 1: Año Nuevo (New Year's Day), is an official Mexican holiday. Continuing the celebrations from the previous evening, festivities include parades and fireworks throughout Mexico, as well as agricultural fairs in rural areas.

  • January 6: Día de Los Santos Reyes - This day culminates the Christmastime festivities. Family celebrations and gift giving; commemorates the gifts of the Magi. Rosca de los Reyes (King's Loaf) pastries are baked with a little plastic doll hidden inside.

  • January 17: Feast Day of de San Antonio de Abad is a religious holiday during which the Catholic Church allows animals to enter the church for blessing.

  • February 2: Día de la Candelaria or Candlemas - Heralds the arrival of spring with candlelight processions, music, food and dance. The traditional blessing of seeds and candles co-mingles pre-Hispanic and European traditions.The festivities are best seen in: San Juan de los Lagos, Jalapa; Talpa de Allende, Jalisco; and Santa Maria del Tuxla, Oaxaca.

  • January 31- February 5 (2008): Carnaval is an official Mexican holiday that kicks off a five-day celebration of the libido before the Catholic lent. Beginning the weekend before Lent, Carnaval is celebrated exhubrantly with parades, floats and dancing in the streets. Port towns such as Ensenada, La Paz, Mazatlán and Veracruz are excellent places to watch Carnaval festivities. Dates change slightly as follows: 2008: Jan 31 - Feb 5; 2009: Feb 19-24; 2010: Feb 11-16.

  • February 5: Día de la Constitución an official holiday that commemorates Mexico's Constitution. Official speeches and ceremonies are conducted nationwide.

  • February 24: Flag Day, This Mexican national holiday honors the Mexican flag.

  • March 5: Carnaval - An indulgent celebration of carnal pleasure before the sober fasting period of Catholic Lent. This week before Lent is filled with feasting, drinking, parades, and dancing in the streets.

  • March 19: St. Joseph's Day, Día de San José, a religious holiday best seen in Tamulin, San Luis Potosi.

  • March 21: The Birthday of Benito Juárez - This is the birthday of the country's first President, Benito Juarez. The holiday features dancing, music, and food in commemoration of one of Mexico's most honored heroes.

  • Semana Santa: Semana Santa is the holy week that ends the 40-day Lent period. Holy week ends the 40-day Lent period. This week includes Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Festivities include colorful parades through downtown and flying eggs filled with paper confetti.

  • May 1: Primero de Mayo is the Mexican national holiday that is equivalent to the U.S. Labor Day.

  • May 3: Holy Cross Day Día de la Santa Cruz, when construction workers decorate and mount crosses on unfinished buildings, followed by fireworks and picnics at the construction site.

  • May 5: Cinco de Mayo is the Mexican national holiday that honors the Mexican victory over the French army at Puebla de los Angeles in 1862.

  • May 10: Mother's Day, Due to the importance of the mother in Mexican culture, Mother's Day is an especially significant holiday.

  • June 1: Navy Day is an official Mexican holiday.

  • June 24: Saint John the Baptist Day is celebrated with religious festivities, fairs, and popular jokes connected to getting dunked in water.

  • June 29: Fiesta of Saint Peter and Saint Paul notable celebrations in Mexcaltitán, Nayarit and Zaachila, Oaxaca.

  • September 1: Annual State of the Union, Though this date is an approximation, the President delivers the address in the autumn.

  • September 16: Mexican Independence Day celebrates the day that Miguel Hidalgo delivered El Grito de Dolores, and announced the Mexican revolt against Spanish rule.

  • October 12: Día de la Raza, This day celebrates Columbus' arrival to the Americas, and the historical origins of the Mexican race.

  • November 1&2: Día de los Muertos is an important Mexican holiday that merges Pre-Columbian beliefs and modern Catholocism. Europe's All Saints' Day and the Aztec worship of the dead contribute to these two days that honor Mexico's dead.

  • November 20: Mexican Revolution Day,This official Mexican holiday celebrates the Mexican Revolution of 1910.

  • December 12: Día de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, or the day of the Virgin of Guadalupe is celebrated with a feast honoring Mexico's patron saint.

  • December 16: Las Posadas celebrates Joseph and Mary's search for shelter in Bethlehem with candlelight processions that end at various nativity scenes. Las Posadas continues through January 6.

  • December 25: Navidad, Mexico celebrates the Christmas holiday.


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