The night of September the 15th.
A family is getting ready for dinner, an old lady has taken control of the kitchen, sporting a surprisingly clean checkered apron, braided hair, and a poorly illustrated Mexican flag on her cheek that’s getting blurry from sweat and the steam of the kitchen. Everywhere around her, there’s a plate or something brewing, five or six sauced spoons, the stove in front of her dwarfed by a mighty pot summoning Pozole.
Those not allowed in the kitchen, are in the backyard, surrounding a makeshift table disguised with a plastic flower patch tablecloth, seated in every chair, cooler, bucket, and chair-like object available. A cheap but big speaker gave them an excuse to sing, categorically: José José, Juan Gabriel, and José Alfredo Jimenez, those with a “good enough” voice are a little reluctant to pass on the mic while others just want to have fun butchering Cielo Rojo. The living room is almost empty except for the elderly that are enjoying themselves with a mug of cofeé, behind them is a tv, that nobody is watching, on it, El Presidente de Mexico is arriving at the Government Palace.
Outside the Government Palace, a massive crowd of people awaits impatiently, so packed together that you need a warrior’s soul to get yourself 10 feet in any direction. Any crowd this big looks homogenous at first glance, but if you take a second you can distinguish some faces; maybe a cheap sombrero for the occasion, a green, white and red stripe across a forehead, some made it out in a full mariachi costume. Despite the bodily warmth of being so near to another many person, you can spot families, kids on their parent’s shoulders holding candy in one hand while they try to keep a grip of their dad’s hair with the other. All of this while mom and dad sway involuntarily side to side, floating adrift in a sea of people.
This ritual of total disregard for anyone’s personal space, reenacts in every city, every town, every district, and every neighborhood hosting their own, a glimpse of this country’s history, as an excuse to celebrate.
By. Victor Suarez
Everyone’s waiting to scream “Viva Mexico”.
Long-life Mexico, that is what it means, but the way they say it, or scream it, is filled with pride, the pride of the hardworking, the pride of the self-made, what we share as compatriots is a common resilience a common frustration, for a minute, in a cry, or the scream of a warrior, we forget what we might complain about, we forget about the government. For a minute, this feeling fills the air and shakes the ground. For a minute we come together.
By. Dario Orrico
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 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/
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/
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/