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What are important holidays in Mexico?

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December 20, 2016 2:21PM

Mexican holidays include:

Observed by law:

  • January 1: Año nuevo / New year's day
  • February 5: Dia de la constitucion / Constitution Day
  • March 21: Nacimiento de Benito Juarez / Benito Juarez's birthday - honors the most beloved president among Mexicans.
  • May 1: Dia del Trabajo / Workers' day
  • September 16: Independence day's military parade (Mexican Independence was declared on September 16, 1810 and the celebration usually begins on the late hours of September 15 at the Grito de independencia).
  • November 20: Dia de la Revolucion / Mexican Revolution Day - commemorates the Mexican Revolution of 1910.
  • December 25: Navidad / Christmas

Not observed / Religious holidays:

Note: Many companies and businesses grant these as paid-absence holidays, but it depends on an individual basis.

  • January 6: Dia de los Santos Reyes / Epiphany celebration - is the day when Mexicans exchange Christmas presents.
  • February: Carnaval / Lent - equivalent to the Mardi Gras in the United States, it is celebrated with parades, floats and dancing in the streets.
  • February 2: Dia de la Candelaria / Candle-mas
  • February 24: Dia de la bandera / Flag Day
  • March 18: Expropiacion Petrolera / Expropriation of the oil industry in 1938.
  • April: Semana Santa / Easter
  • April 30: Dia del Niño / Children's day - Due to the celebration of the Revolution on November 20, in Mexico Children's Day is celebrated on April 30.
  • May 5: Cinco de Mayo / Fifth of May - honors the Mexican victory over the French army at the Battle of Puebla in 1862.
  • May 10: Dia de las madres / Mother's day - Due to the importance of the mother in Mexican culture, Mother's Day is an especially significant holiday.
  • June 1: Dia de la marina / Navy day
  • September 13: Niños Heroes de Chapultepec / Child Heroes of Chapultepec - Honors the martyr cadets of the Battle of Chapultepec during the Mexican-American War of 1847.
  • October 12: Dia de la raza / Columbus Day
  • November 1 & 2: Dia de los muertos / Day of the dead - Mexican holiday that merges Pre-Columbian beliefs and modern Catholicism.
  • December 12: Dia de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe / Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe - honoring Mexico's patron saint.