Cancun: Holidays & Events
Join Cancún's JAZZ FESTIVAL, held in
late May every year. This annual event draws crowds from the United States,
South America, and Europe. Contact The Cancún Hotel Association for more
information. (Av. Ign. García de la Torre, Sm 1, Lote 6, Cancún,
Quintana Roo, 77500, PHONE: 98/84-70-83).
CARIBBEAN CULTURE FESTIVAL
is a one week event in November (dates vary) and is presented by regional
cities, including Cancún. Events include Caribbean music performances,
Mexican poetry readings and art exhibits by Latin American and Caribbean
The Mardi Gras
Carnaval 5-day celebration takes place every year before the Catholic
Lent. It begins the weekend before Lent, and is celebrated with parades,
floats and dancing in the streets. Please note the dates are different every
year. Click here for Carnaval dates Info.
Fiesta de la Santa Cruz is a week-long
fiesta which celebrates El Dia de Santa Cruz (May 3). The celebration continues
to May 6 which celebrates the first mass at the village of El Cedral.
Fiesta de San Miguel Arcángel (September
29) is a celebration of the Patron saint's of Cozumel -- St. Michael/San Miguel
with an entire week of processions through the streets and masses. Patron saint's
days last from 9 days before the date.
||New Year's Day, official Mexican holiday
||Día de los Santos Reyes
||Mexicans exchange Christmas gifts in accordance with the
arrival of the 3 gift-bearing wise men to Jesus Christ.
||Feast Day of de San Antonio de Abad
||Religious holiday where the Catholic Church allows animals
to enter the church for blessing.
||Día de la Constitución
||Mexico's Constitution, official Mexican holiday
||Mexican flag day, official Mexican holiday
||Carnaval Parades (1 week prior)
||5-day celebration of the libido before the Catholic lent.
Begins the weekend before Lent, Carnaval is celebrated with parades,
floats and dancing in the streets, official Mexican holiday
||The Birthday of Benito Juárez,
||Famous Mexican president and national hero, official
||Holy week that ends the 40-day Lent period which includes
includes Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Customary to break
confetti-filled eggs over the heads of friends and family. Multitude of
cultural expressions, including the massive reenactment of the Passion
of Christ in Iztapalapa, and the fine craftsmanship of Judases to be
burned or collected.
||Primero de Mayo
||Equivalent to the U.S. Labor Day, official Mexican holiday
||Día de la Santa Cruz (Holy Cross Day)
||Celebration of Saints and is celebrated 9 days prior
||Cinco de Mayo
Batalla de Puebla (Battle of Puebla)
|Defeat of the French army in Puebla, official Mexican
||Official Mexican holiday
||Annual State of the Union
||Approximate date when the President delivers the address
in the autumn.
||Día de Nuestra Señora
||Local Baja holiday that celebrates Baja's first mission.
||Mexican Independence Day
||Miguel Hidalgo delivered El Grito de Dolores, and
announced the Mexican revolt against Spanish rule.
||Fiesta de San Miguel Arcángel
||Patron saint's days last from 9 days before the date.
||Día de la Raza
||Columbus' arrival to the Americas.
||Día de los Muertos
||Honoring of Mexico's dead.
||Mexican Revolution Day
||Mexican Revolution of 1910, official Mexican holiday
||Día de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe
||Virgin of Guadalupe
||Joseph and Mary's seek for shelter in Bethlehem. Las
Posadas continues through January 6.
||February 5, 2008
||February 24, 2009
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