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Mexico Holidays


  • January 1: Año Nuevo (New Year's Day), is an official Mexican holiday.

  • January 6: Día de Los Santos Reyes is the day when Mexicans exchange Christmas presents in accordance with the arrival of the three gift-bearing wisemen to Jesus Christ. This day culminates the Christmastime festivities.

  • 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.

  • February 5: Día de la Constitución an official holiday that commemorates Mexico's Constitution. Celebrated Monday, February 2, 2009.

  • February 14: Dia del amor y la amistad Valentine's Day in Mexico. Everyone can take part in Mexican Valentine's Day celebrations, because it's not just for lovers, it's also for friends.

  • February 19 - 24: 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. Dates change slightly as follows: 2009: Feb 19-24; 2010: Feb 11-16. 2011: Mar 3 - 9

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




  • Semana Santa or Holy Week, is the week leading up to Easter. This is the most important day in the church calendar because it is the celebration of the resurrection of Christ. Dates change slightly as follows: 2010: March 29 to April 4; 2011: April 17 to 24; 2012: April 1 to 8


  • 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.


  • September 13: Los Niños Héroes, Heros of the Mexican-American War 1847. The President of Mexico commemorates their sacrifice at a wreath-laying ceremony at the monument to Los Niños Héroes in Chapultepec Park.

  • 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 commemorates the Mexican Revolution of 1910. Celebrated Monday, November 16, 2009.


  • December 12: Día de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe 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.

  • December 25: Navidad Mexico celebrates the Christmas holiday.

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