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Holidays and Observances  in Mexico

Calendar of Celebrations, Events, Festivals, Festivities, Holidays and Observances in México.

There are three types of holidays and observances in Mexco: statutory, civic, and festive celebrations that are observed in Cabo San Lucas, San Jose del Cabo, Los Cabos, Baja California Sur and the rest of Mexico.

Statutory holidays in México (known here in Mexico as “feriados” or “días de asueto”) are legislated through the federal government and ruled by the Federal Labor Law (Ley Federal del Trabajo). Think of them like you would federal or bank holidays in the United States. Most public and private employees are entitled to take off statutory holidays — with regular pay. Some employers, though, may require work those days. In that case, they would be required to pay the regular salary plus double time, again much as one would expect in the United States. When a statutory holiday falls on a Sunday, Monday is considered a statutory holiday; if a statutory holiday falls on Saturday, Friday will be considered a statutory holiday.

Civic holidays in Mexico are observed nationwide, but employees are not entitled to a day off with pay.

Festive traditional Mexican Holidays honor religious events, such as Carnaval, Holy Week, and Easter. There are also public celebrations, such as Mother’s day, Father’s day, Valentine’s Day, and the like.

Statutory holidays (known in Mexico as “feriados” or “días de asueto”)

DateSpanish NameEnglish NameDescription - Details - Remarks
January 1Año NuevoNew Year's DayThe government, banks, and some stores are closed in observation of the first day of the year.
February 6

Día de la ConstituciónMexican Constitution DayMexico celebrates the declaration of its 1857 and 1917 Constitutions.
March 20
Natalicio de Benito JuárezBirthday of Benito JuárezMexico celebrates the birthday of President Benito Juárez, who was born March 21, 1806.
May 1Día del TrabajoMexico Labor DayMexico’s Labor Day commemorates the union movements Mexican workers.
September 16Día de la IndependenciaMexico Independence DayEvery September 16, Mexico commemorates the beginning of its War of Independence, led by the famous Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla in 1810.
November 20Día de la RevoluciónRevolution DayMexico commemorates the start of the Mexican Revolution by Francisco I. Madero in 1910.
December 1Transmisión del Poder Ejecutivo FederalChange of Federal Government in MéxicoA new Mexican president is sworn in every six years on December 1.The current president, Enrique Peña Nietowas sworn in December 1, 2012 and until 2018. Next observance: December 1, 2018.
December 25NavidadChristmasTraditionally, Christmas is observed as a secular and religious holiday. People wish each other Merry Christmas (Feliz Navidad). People attend Mass, relax, catch up with family and friends, and eat leftovers (recalentado from Christmas Eve (Noche Buena) dinner.

Civic Holidays – Like statutory holidays, these are observed nationally

DateSpanish NameEnglish NameDescription - Details - Remarks
February 19Día del Ejército
Día de la Lealtad
Mexican Army Day
Loyalty Day
This day celebrates the Mexican Army on the Loyalty Day, "Día de la Lealtad", when President Madero was escorted by the Cadets of the Militar College to the National Palace.
February 24Día de la BanderaMexican Flag DayCelebrates the Mexican flag and honors previous iterations. The holiday dates to 1937, when it was implemented by then-president Lázaro Cárdenas.
March 18Aniversario de la Expropiación petroleraAnniversary of the Oil ExpropriationPresident Gral. Lázaro Cárdenas nationalized Mexico’s petroleum in 1938 when he declared that all mineral and oil reserves found within Mexico belong to the nation. This holiday commemorates that act.
April 9, 2017Domingo de RamosPalm SundayChristians in Mexico celebrate Palm Sunday, which honors Jesus Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Palm Sunday (Domingo de Ramos) marks the start of Holy Week (Semana Santa) in Mexico.
April 13, 2017Jueves SantoMaundy Thursday,
Holy Thursday
Maundy Thursday (Jueves Santo) is a bank holiday in Mexico prior to Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday. Jesus’ last supper is remembered on this day.
April 14, 2017Viernes SantoGood FridayGood Friday (Viernes Santo) is a bank holiday in Mexico prior to Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday. Christians remember the crucifixion and death of Jesus on this day.
April 15, 2017Sábado SantoHoly SaturdayHoly Saturday (Sábado Santo) is a Christian holiday in Mexico prior to Easter Sunday. Solemn vigils are held at churches on this day.
April 16, 2015Domingo de PascuaEaster SundayOne of Mexico’s biggest celebrations is Easter Sunday (Domingo de Pascua), which remembers the biblical story of when Jesus rose from death.
April 21Heroica Defensa de VeracruzHeroic Defense of VeracruzThis holiday commemorates Mexico’s defending itself against the U.S.A. occupation of Veracruz, Mexico in 1914.
May 5Cinco de Mayo
Battle of Puebla
Cinco de Mayo - El Día de la Batalla de PueblaContrary to common belief, May 5 is not Independence Day in Mexico. Rather, it commemorates the country’s victory over French forces in the 1862 Battle of Puebla.
May 8Natalicio de Miguel HidalgoBirthday of Miguel HidalgoThe 1753 birth of Independence War hero Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla is celebrated annually.
June 1Mexican Navy DayDía de la MarinaThe Mexican Navy protects not only its country but its seas, and the nation honors it each June.
September 13Día de los Niños HéroesChild Heroes" or "Heroic Cadets"The day honors the heroes, young cadets defending Mexico City’s Chapultepec Castle (then serving as the Mexican Army’s military academy), in the 1847 Battle of Chapultepec during the Mexican-American War.
September 15Grito de DoloresCry of Dolores or
Shout of Dolores
The Grito de Dolores marks the start of the War of Independence against Spain on the eve of September 16 (Independence Day), 1810. The original grito, or cry, took place at a church chapel in Dolores Hidalgo, Guanajuato, and was led by a father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla.
September 30Natalicio de José Maria Morelos y PavónBirthday of Jose Maria Morelos y PavónFather José María Morelos y Pavón, one of Mexico’s founding fathers, was born on this day in 1765. He was a Mexican Roman Catholic priest and revolutionary rebel leader who led the Mexican War of Independence movement.
October 12Descubrimiento de América
Dia de la Raza
Columbus Day,
discovery of the Americas
As in the United States, Columbus Day commemorates the discovery of the Americas in 1492 by the Italian navigator Christopher Columbus and is celebrated in México and many countries in Latin America.

Festivities and Festival – traditional holidays to honor religious events

DateSpanish NameEnglish NameDescription - Details - Remarks
January 6El Día de los Reyes MagosThree Kings Day or
Feast of Epiphany
The Epiphany, or Three Kings Day, celebrates the New Testament story of the three wise men who brought gifts to baby Jesus. On this day, children are given gifts, and people buy a traditional bread known as rosca de reyes.
January 15 to 17Todos Santos Music Festival 1st WeekendTodos Santos Music Festival First WeekendWeekend One (January 15nd, 16th & 17th. The fourth annual Todos Santos Music Festival, a seven-day music event benefiting local charities.
January 17Dia de San Antonio de AbadFeast Day of San Antonio de AbadThe blessing of the animals is the most famous element of this day, which is the only day animals are allowed into Catholic churches. Animals are adorned in ribbons and bows, and priests bless them.
January 21 to 24Todos Santos Music Festival 2nd WeekendTodos Santos Music Festival 2nd WeekendWeekend Two (January 21st, 22nd, 23rd & 24th. The fourth annual Todos Santos Music Festival, a seven-day music event benefiting local charities.
February 2Día de la Candelaria or Dia de CandlemasDay of the Candles or Candlemas DayCandlemas is a church festival that commemorates the Presentation of Jesus Christ in the temple and the purification of the Virgin Mary. It fuses Catholic influences and indigenous Mexican traditions.
February 12
to 17
Festival de Carnaval La PazLa Paz Carnaval FestivalThe festival of Carnaval (Carnival) is celebrated as a last indulgence of carnal pleasures that Catholics must give up for 40 days of fasting during Lent, from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday. The correct spelling is Carnaval.
February 14Día de San ValentínValentine's Day
Saint Valentine's Day
In Mexico, Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate romantic relationships — and friendships.
February 18 2015Miércoles de CenizaAsh WednesdayAsh Wednesday is the first day of Lent. Priests mark churchgoers’ foreheads with ashes in form of a cross to symbolize forgiveness. A moveable feast day as early as February 4 and as late as March 10.
February 21-28Festival del Arte de Todos SantosTodos Santos Art FestivalA week-long celebration of Mexican culture that typically features live music, dance and theatre performances, painting & drawing exhibitions, lectures on local environmental & social issues, piano and poetry recitals & lots more.
February 22ndDía Nacional del MargaritasNational Margarita DayNational Margarita Day is observed on February 22nd each year.
March 12 to 22Festival de Cine de Todos SantosTodos Santos Film FestivalThe 11th edition of the Todos Santos Film Festival is underway! Deadline for sending films for consideration was December 31, 2014.
March 14 to 19Festival de San José del CaboFestival of San José del Cabo (St. Joseph)This festival is in honor of San Jose del Cabo's patron saint, San José (St. Joseph). This 11-day (this needs to be confirmed) festival culminates on March 19 every year. Beginning with evening parties and music on the 8th of March, the festival increases with carnivals and parades on weekends.

DateSpanish NameEnglish NameDescription - Details - Remarks
March 14LIGA MAC 10th Festival de Jaz AnualLIGA MAC 10th Annual JazzFest6 pm to 11 pm - Hilton Los Cabos "On the Beach", San Jose del Cabo
Featuring / Presentando a Mavis Staples - Chicago
March 15Tour a la Casa Histórica de Todos Sanos.Todos Santos Historic House Tour10:00am – 2:00pm - Citizens of our Pueblo Magico invite visitors to tour their historic homes. Proceeds from the tour support The Palapa Society’s building fund.
March 20 to 22Fred Duckett, Torneo de Golf, En Beneficio a The Los Cabos Children’s FoundationFred Duckett Challenge Golf Tournament, in benefit of The Los Cabos Children’s FoundationThe 2014 Fred Duckett Challenge Golf Tournament in benefit of The Los Cabos Children’s Foundation, to take place on March 20-22 at the Querencia and Palmilla courses.

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