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Holidays & Observances in Mexico

Mexico is a Spanish-speaking country in Central America. There are many factors that have contributed to its diverse culture, starting with its rich history of indigenous civilizations. Mexico was dominated by intelligent and innovative civilizations for thousands of years before it was taken over by colonial powers. Some of the unique indigenous culture still remains, mixed together with European culture brought to Mexico by the Spanish. This mixture is very evident in many of Mexico’s holidays, which mix Roman Catholic traditions with indigenous ones. The most dramatically multicultural holiday is the Day of the Dead, which is celebrated on the day most Catholics celebrate All Saint’s Day. Mexico’s Day of the Dead is a much more upbeat holiday with colorful traditions and celebrations of both life and death. There is almost always some kind of celebration going on in Mexico, as many of the holidays last for days or weeks. Easter, for instance includes celebrations on every day of Holy Week, and the Christmas season does not traditionally end until Candlemas on February 2. Mexican holidays combine colorful traditions with traditional roots to make for unique festivities that are recognized around the world.


Country Observances

Holiday Date Country Holiday Observance Type Religion/Belief
Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Christmas Eve Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
Christmas Public, Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
Day of the Holy Innocents Religious/Beliefs, Noteworthy & Common Christianity
New Year's Day Popular & Widely Observed
Epiphany Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Candlemas Religious/Beliefs Christianity, Catholic
Constitution Day Mexico Public
Valentines Day Popular & Widely Observed
Mardi Gras - Shrove Tuesday / Fat Tuesday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Ash Wednesday/Carnival Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Flag Day - Mexico Popular & Widely Observed
International Women's Day Popular & Widely Observed
Oil Expropriation Day Noteworthy & Common
Benito Juárez's Birthday Public
Palm Sunday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Maundy Thursday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Good Friday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Holy Saturday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Easter Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
Easter Monday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Childrens' Day Popular & Widely Observed
Labour Day / May Day Public, Popular & Widely Observed
Cinco de Mayo Popular & Widely Observed
Mothers Day Popular & Widely Observed
Ascension Day Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Pentecost / Whit Sunday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Corpus Christi Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Arbor Day - Mexico Noteworthy & Common
Assumption of Mary Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Shout of Dolores Popular & Widely Observed
Independence Day Mexico Public
Independence Day Mexico Public
Halloween Popular & Widely Observed
Revolution Day Memorial Public
Christ the King Day Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
Advent Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Feast of the Immaculate Conception Religious/Beliefs Christianity, Catholic