Fiestas, Mexico's "feasts" for the senses, are an
integral part of the country's culture. There are between 5,000 and 6,000
celebrations each year in Mexico, so you'll probably encounter at least one -
and it's likely to become a highlight of your trip. Here are some of the major
ones; ask your travel agent about others that might be going on in the areas you
're planning to visit.
1St - New Year. Nationwide.
6th - Feast of the Epiphany (Three Kings Day). Nationwide.
6th - Festival of St. Anthony. Mexico City and others.
2nd - Dia de la Candelaria. Nationwide.
5th - Constitution Day.
Nationwide. 23rd to 27th - Pre-Lenten Carnival celebrations. In seaside towns, particularly Veracruz and Mazatlan.
21st - Birthday of President Benito Juarez, a well-known President in Mexican history.
Nationwide. 2 st - Spring Equinox Festival in Chichen Itza. The shadow of a serpent appears on the main pyramid of Kukulkan. Light and sound shows, dancers, music.
Palm Sunday. Date and month vary. The beginning of Semana Santa (Holy Week). Nationwide. Easter Sunday. Date and month varies.
Nationwide. Feria de las Flores in Xochimilco. Beauty contest featuring parade of boats decorated with thouands of flowers.
1st - Labor Day. Nationwide. 5th - Battle of Puebla.
· Cancun International Jazz Festival. Date varies.
· Acapulco Music Festival Date varies.
· San Marcos National Fair in Aguascalientes, the first week in May. Mariachis, builfights, rodeos, ranchero music.
10th - Feast of Corpus Christi in Mexico City.
29th - Tlaquepaque Festival in Guadalajara. Mariachis, dancers, parades with floats.
Guelaguetza Festival in Oaxaca, Oaxaca. The third and last Mondays in July. Music and costumed dancers representing all the ethnic groups from Oaxaca's regions.
15th - Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Huamantla, Tlaxcala. Miles of streets are carpeted with designs made from flower petals and colored sawdust. Cultural Festival in Mexico City. Date varies, in the month of August.
15th, 16th - Mexican Independence Day. Nationwide. 21st - Fall Equinox Festival in Chichen Itza. The shadow of a serpent appears on the main pyramid of Kukulkan. Light and sound shows, dancers, music.
12th - Dia de la Raza (Columbus Day). Nationwide.
l5th - 31st - Cervantes Festival in the City of Guanajuato. Fiestas de Octubre. Month-long celebrations, dances, charreadas, food, arts and crafts exhibits. Guadalajara.
1st - Dia de todo los Santos (All Saints Day). Nationwide.
2nd - Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Nationwide.
20th - Revolution Day. Nationwide.
12th - Feast of the Virgin of Guadalupe. Nationwide, but especially at the Basilica in Mexico City. 16th to 24th -Posadaspageants. Nationwide 25th - Navidad (Christmas). Nationwide.