standard-title Statutory and Civic Holidays


Statutory and Civic Holidays

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

Calendar of Statutory and Civic Holidays, (known in Mexico as “feriados” or “días de asueto”). Examples are New Year’s Day, Mexican Constitution Day, Birthday of Benito Juárez, Mexico Labor Day, Mexico Independence Day, Change of Federal Government in México, and Christmas.

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.

Holidays and Observances in Mexico

General Information and details about each type of Holiday or Observance Day. Calendar of Celebrations, Events, Festivals, Festivities, Statutory Holidays, Civic Holidays, and Observances in México.  www.loscabosguide.com/mexican-holidays/

Statutory and Civic Holidays – This Page

Statutory and Civic Holidays are known as (known in Mexico as “feriados” or “días de asueto”). Examples are New Year’s Day, Mexican Constitution Day, Birthday of Benito Juárez, Mexico Labor Day, Mexico Independence Day, Change of Federal Government in México, and Christmas. www.loscabosguide.com/statutory-and-civic-holidays/ ‎

Festivities and Festival – traditional holidays to honor religious events

Listing of Festivities, Festivals, and Traditional Holidays to honor religious events in Los Cabos, Mexico. Examples include
The Epiphany, or Three Kings Day, Feast Day of San Antonio de Abad, Day of the Candles or Candlemas Day, Valentine’s Day
Saint Valentine’s Day, Ash Wednesday, Festival of San José del Cabo (St. Joseph), Day of the dead, Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe, and others. www.loscabosguide.com/festivities-festivals-holidays/

Cultural Festivities – Days of Cultural Importance and Commemorative Days

Examples are Mother’s Day, World Red Cross Day, Day of the Founding of the Capital of BCS, La Paz, The death of Porfirio Díaz, The Day Baja California Sur was declared Free and Sovereign state, The meeting of Moctezuma II and Hernán Cortés, and other important events for Mexico and the world.  www.loscabosguide.com/mexican-cultural-festivities/



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