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What are important holidays in Mexico?
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.