Festivals & Holidays in Mexico

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Holidays

  • 1 January: New Year’s Day
  • 6 January: Magi Day, celebrating the arrival of the Magi who see the baby Jesus and bring him gifts (this is not an official holiday).
  • 2 February: Candelaria Day (“Day of the Candle”), celebrated in many places in the country (not an official holiday)
  • 5 February: Constitution Day (1917)
  • 24 February: Flag Day (unofficial)
  • 21 March: Birth of Benito Juárez (1806)
  • 30 April: Children’s Day
  • 1 May: Labour Day
  • 5 May: the Battle of Puebla against the French army, 19th century (not a public holiday)
  • 10 May: Mother’s Day
  • 15 May: Teachers’ Day
  • 1 September: Presidential Address Day
  • 15 September: Grito de Dolores
  • 16 September: Independence Day (celebrates the beginning of the struggle for independence from Spain in 1810, which was achieved by 27 September 1821).
  • 12 October: Race day (no public holiday)
  • 2 November: Day of the Dead (not a public holiday)
  • 20 November: Day of the Mexican Revolution (1910)
  • 12 December: Day of the Virgin Mary of Guadalupe. Technically unofficial, but it is one of the most important Mexican holidays.
  • 24 December: Christmas Eve (not an official holiday, but usually a full holiday)
  • 25 December: Christmas
  • 31 December: New Year’s Day (not an official holiday, but usually a full holiday)

Easter is celebrated throughout the country according to the annual Catholic calendar (the first Sunday after the first full moon in spring). Actual holidays can be moved to the Monday before the holiday, so check an up-to-date calendar.

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