25 Dec - Día de Navidad
20 Nov - Día del la revolución
12 Oct - Día de la Raza
16 Sep - Día de la Independencia
5 May - Cinco de Mayo
1 May - Día del Trabajo
21 Mar - Día de Nacimiento de Benito Juárez
24 Feb - Día de la Bandera
5 Feb - Día de la Constitución
1 Jan - Año Nuevo
Mayan Village Show
Enjoy recreations of ancient Mayan festivals, including a jungle walk
and celebration of the discovery of fire, throughout the month of January,
at Xcaret Park. Call (52) 8-812400 for more information.
During the first week in January, local restaurants serve a cake called
Rosca de Reyes which is baked with one small doll inside. The lucky recipient
must invite everyone at the table to hot chocolate and tamales served
in February during Candlemas. Call (52) 8-846531 for more information.
During the first week of February, the end of the Christmas season is
marked with the Candlemas celebration in homes and at local restaurants,
involving a meal of tamales and hot chocolate. Call (52) 8-846531 for
Speeches and ceremonies commemorating this National Holiday, on February
5. Call (52) 8-846531 for more information.
Dia de la Bandera (Flag Day)
In mid-February, the streets are filled with Mexican flag vendors, and
on February 24 everyone places a flag on their cars while children present
a commemorative ceremony. Call (52) 8-846531 for more information.
During the first half of March, Cancun celebrates its version of this
pre-Ash Wednesday event, with floats, street parties with local food and
drinks, and a variety of events, all over town. Call (52) 9-249495 for
Benito Juarez's Birthday
National Holiday honoring president and leader of the 19th-Century Reform
movement, on March 21. Call (52) 8-846531 for more information.
Visitors come to the main temple at Chichen Itza in late March to see
the descent of the serpent Kukulkan. History has it that the Maya constructed
the temple in a way that during equinox a beam of sunlight creates a shadow
moving down towards earth resembling a slithering snake. Call (52) 8-846531
for more information.
Lasser Sailing Show
During the last half of March, the waters around Cancun are filled with
sailing vessels of all description. Call (52) 8-846531 for more information.
Holy Week and Easter
Celebrations and processions in observance of Christ's resurrection, during
the Easter holiday. Call (52) 8-846531 for more information.
Anniversary of the Founding of Cancun
Residents celebrate the origin of their city throughout the downtown area
with parades and street parties, throughout the downtown area. Call (52)
8-846531 for more information.
Cinco de Mayo
National holiday commemorating Mexico's defeat of the French in the Battle
of Puebla in 1862, on May 5. Call (52) 8-846531 for more information.
Cancun Jazz Festival
Come to the Parque de las Palapas and the area around the Convention Center
for live performances from the best jazz musicians in the world, during
Memorial Day weekend. Call (52) 8-819000 for more information.
International Gay Festival
Enjoy food, music, mariachi bands, a cruise of the Caribbean, assorted
parties and a final champagne breakfast, during a weekend in May. Call
(52) 800-7654370 for more information.
Caribbean Hotel International Congress
During the last week of June the annual meeting of Caribbean hotel proprietors,
part of which is open to the public, brings with it an exposition of various
foods and services offered throughout the area. Call (52) 8-846531 for
Feast of Our Lady of Carmen
The port town of Ciudad del Carmen hosts an annual regional fair which
includes bullfighting and livestock exhibitions, sporting events, plenty
of food, drinking and dancing, in mid-July. Call (52) 6-870567 for more
August is the perfect month in which to visit the Xel-Ha tropical water
park, where you can explore the forest and waterscapes of the Yucatan
Peninsula. Call (984) 875-6000 for more information.
In the middle of September, Cancun residents celebrate the liberation
of Mexico by Padre Miguel Hidalgo, on El Grito, or the “Shout”
Day, with festivities all over the downtown and Isla de Mujeres areas.
Call (52) 846531 for more information.
Take a side trip to the famous Mayan pyramid of Chichen Itza, and marvel
at the famous sunset optical illusion when shadows zig zag their way to
the stone carving of the serpent Kukulkan, around the third week of September.
Call (52) 6-872697 for more information.
Mexican Caribbean Travel Mart
During the first week in October, the Cancun Travel Agent Association
and the Cancun Hotel Association hold their annual convention, part of
which is open to the public, and showcase food and services offered in
the area. Call (52) 8-846531 for more information.
Eve of All Souls Day
Residents bring flowers and candles to the graves of loved ones on the
eve of October 31, all over the Yucatan Peninsula. Call (52) 8-846531
for more information.
All Souls Day; Day of the Dead
Throughout the Yucatan Peninsula, families enjoy a traditional meal at
the graves of loved ones, and various festivals are held in the area,
during the first two days in November. Call (52) 8-846531 for more information.
Enjoy an international gathering of cinema enthusiasts and screenings
of the world’s best independent new films, during the month of November.
Call (52) 8-846531 for more information.
World Cup Triathlon
Watch international contestants compete in swimming, running and biking
events at Langosta Beach, during the first week in November. Call (52)
5-285222 for more information.
Anniversary of the Mexican Revolution
Celebrate the Mexican Revolution of 1910 with parades, speeches and ceremonies,
on November 20. Call (52) 8-846531 for more information.
Starting nine days before Christmas and concluding after the new year,
a period called the “posada,” or procession, the residents
celebrate the season with a variety of street fairs, piñata breaking,
passion plays called “pastorelas,” and a feast in honor of
the Virgen de la Soledad. Call (52) 8-846531 for more information.