Mexican Holidays, Festivals, Fiestas & Special Events

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Mexican Holidays, Festivals,  and Fiestas

2016 – 2017

July 2016

  • July 18. Anniversary of the death of President Benito Juárez (March 21, 1806 to July 18, 1872).
  • July 30. Anniversary of the death of Miguel Hidalgo, leader of the Mexican War of Independence (May 8, 1753 to July 31, 1811). This is NOT a national holiday.

August 2016

  • August 8. Anniversary of the birth of Emiliano Zapata (b.Aug 8, 1879, d.April 10, 1919).

September 2016

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  • September 1. Annual State of the Union.
  • September 13. Los Niños Héroes, Hero of the Mexican-American War 1847.
  • September 15. “El Grito” for Mexican Independence Day.
  • September 16. Día de la Independencia / Mexican Independence Day. Parades.

October 2016

  • October 12. Día de la Raza / Day of the Races.
  • October 31. Halloween Parties.
  • October 31 – November 2. Day of the Dead.

November 2016

  • revolutionOctober 31 – November 2. Day of the Dead.
  • November 1-2. All Saints Day & Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) is an important Mexican holiday.
  • November 21. Día de la Revolución (Revolution Day) is observed the third Monday in November. This official Mexican holiday commemorates the Mexican Revolution of 1910. Parades. This day is a legal holiday for financial institutions – please note that all banks will be closed.
  • November 18 – 21: Buen Fin.

December 2016

  • December 12. Día de Guadalupe (Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe), Mexico’s patron saint. This is a National Holiday.
  • December 16-24. Las Posadas- nine days of traditional festivities.
  • December 24. Noche Buena (Christmas Eve).
  • December 25. Christmas / Navidad. December 25 and 26 are National Holidays.
  • December 28. The Holy Innocents National Holiday similar to April Fools’s Day, celebrated with lots of practical jokes.
  • December 31. Fin de Año/New Years Eve.

January 2017

  • January 1. Año Nuevo/New Years Day is an official Mexican holiday that will be observed on Monday, January 2, 2017 (because New Year’s day falls on a Sunday in 2017).
  • January 6. El Dia de Reyes (Three Kings Day).

February 2017

  • February 6 (the first Monday in February). Día de la Constitución an official holiday that commemorates Mexico’s Constitution.
  • February 22 – 28. Carnaval Guaymas (info and schedule). Days of parades, fiestas and fun in towns around Mexico.

March 2017

  • semana10March 20 (third Monday in March). Benito Juárez’s Birthday Memorial. Benito Juárez was a famous Mexican president and national hero. This is an official Mexican holiday.

April 2017

  • April 9 – 17. Semana Santa (Easter week).
  • April 13. Maundy Thursday (the Thursday before Easter Sunday).
  • April 14. Good Friday (the Friday before Easter Sunday).
  • April 16. Easter Sunday.
  • TBA. ExpoGan Sonora and Palenque in Hermosillo.

May 2017

  • May 1. Dia del Trabajo. Mexican national holiday (similar to US & Canada Labor Day).
  • May 3. Día de la Santa Cruz. Construction workers decorate and mount crosses on unfinished buildings.
  • May 5. Cinco de Mayo.
  • May 10. Mother’s Day in Mexico. This is not a public holiday.
  • May 15. Teacher’s Day in Mexico.
  • TBA. Festival del Pitic in Hermosillo.

June 2017

  • mexican holidays Navy dayJune 1. Dia de la Marina (Mexican Navy Day). Official Mexican holiday. Celebrations in seaports around Mexico.
  • June 18. Father’s Day. Celebrated the third Sunday in June. This is not a public holiday.

This is a list of the major annual Holidays, Festivals and Fiestas and special events in Mexico.
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