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EVENTS

JANUARY

01 New Years Day
06 Reyes Magos

Baja California
Watch the gray whales visiting this area until March
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FEBRUARY

05 Constitution Day
24 Flag Day

MARCH

21 Birthday Benito Juarez
21 Chichén Itzá, Yucatán
Spring Equinox at Kulkulcan
The pyramid of Kulkulcan, also known as El Castillo, is the site of a mystical and eerie annual experience courtesy of Mexico's ancient Mayan ancestors. From 12 noon until 5 p.m. on the day of the equinox the sun darkens virtually the entire giant pyramid; all that remains is a bright, glowing zigzag strip on the outside wall of the north staircase. The result is the appearance of a serpentine figure known as Quetzacoatl slithering down the steps of the mammoth artifact. Thousands of people flock to the Yucatán every 21st of march to see this bizarre and beautiful phenomenon. Music, dancing and light shows surround the event.

Carnaval in Veracruz
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APRIL

17 Easter - Jueves Santo
18 Easter - Viernes Santo

MAY

01 Labour Day
05 Aniversario Batalla de Puebla
10 Dia de la Madre

JULY

Popular month for Mexicans to take their vacations, prices are higher. Book in advance
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AUGUST

Popular month for Mexicans to take their vacations, prices are higher. Book in advance
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SEPTEMBER

16 Indepence Day

Nationwide
Mexican Independence Day
Virtually the entire country is closed for two days as Mexico celebrates its declaration of independence from Spain in 1810. Across the country you can witness "El Grito", a dramatic reenactment of Father Hidalgo's call for his fellow Mexicans to join the uprising. This tradition is performed at 11 p.m. on the night of the 15th in Mexico's town squares.
The ceremony in Mexico City's Constitution Square is presided over by the president.

21-22
Chichén Itzá, Yucatán
Fall Equinox at Kulkulcan
The pyramid of Kulkulcan, also known as El Castillo, is the site of a mystical and eerie annual experience courtesy of Mexico's ancient Mayan ancestors. From 12 noon until 5 p.m. on the day of the equinox the sun darkens virtually the entire giant pyramid; all that remains is a bright, glowing zigzag strip on the outside wall of the north staircase. The result is the appearance of a serpentine figure known as Quetzacoatl slithering down the steps of the mammoth artifact. Thousands of people flock to the Yucatán every fall to see this bizarre and beautiful phenomenon. Music, dancing and light shows surround the event.

San Miguel De Allende, Guanajuato
Fiesta de San Miguel
Guanajuato's traditional ceremonial dancers converge on the Cruz del Cuartos and are met by local dancers as they proceed to the town square bearing flower sculptures. The dancing continues for several days, along with the bullfights, fireworks, and concerts. This annual celebration includes a running of the bulls through town and ends with fireworks at 4:00 am!
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OCTOBER

1-21
San Pedro Actópan, DF
Feria Nacional del Mole (National Mole Fair)
Thousands of mounds of mole paste of every type are prepared for sampling and judging. This spicy sauce made of unsweetened chocolate and a variety of peppers and spices is a staple of traditional Mexican cuisine, and the spread serves a perfect compliment to the country's meat and poultry dishes. Feel free to return from this event with a hearty supply of your favorite moles, it lasts for a long time and goes well with almost anything!

1-31
Guadalajara, Jalisco
Fiestas de Octubre
The state of Jalisco comes alive with this month-long event attracting visitors and performers from all corners of the world. Guadalajara hosts a wide variety of musical performances, dances, food, and cultural and artistic exhibits.
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12
Zapopan, Jalisco
Homecoming of the Virgin
As many as one million spectators attend the homecoming of La Zapopanita from her four-month "healing" tour of the area. The local celebration features marching bands, cowboys, dancers, and costumed revelers.

15-03/11
Guanajuato, Guanajuato
International Cervantino Festival
Guanajuato pays homage to Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes, author of Don Quixote. Visitors to Guanajuato in October are treated to strolling minstrels, symphony orchestras, opera, jazz, rock groups and dance companies. Also available for the public are arts and crafts festivals, experimental theater groups and new film releases. Reservations should be made well in advance for this annual festival.
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NOVEMBER

02 Dia de los Muertos
20 Day of the Mexican Revolution

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1- 2
Nationwide
All Saints Day and Día de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead)
Possibly the most colorful and mystical of Mexican holidays, Dia de los Muertos celebrates Halloween, All Saints Day, and the unique marriage of native heritage and Christian traditions Mexico offers. This celebration of the dead includes candy skeletons, toy coffins, candle-lit processions to graveyards for all-night vigils, and other beautiful public events honoring the souls of the dearly departed.
Dia de los Muertos is celebrated throughout Mexico, with regions such as Oaxaca, Michoacán, and Pátzcuaro being renowned for especially splendid festivals.

Nov-Mar
Michoacán
Monarch Butterfly Sanctuaries
Every November, millions of monarch butterflies descend on Michoacán forests. Their annual journey, encompassing more than 2,500 miles, takes the butterflies from Canada and the northeast United States to their winter home in Michoacán, where, in some areas, they can number four million per acre of land. The butterflies attract hundreds of travelers, naturalists and eco tourists each year. Book your hotel or tour to Angangueo with us

1-30
Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco
Fiesta del Mar
Festivals held during this month-long celebration in the famous resort destination of Puerto Vallarta include art, sports competitions, food festivals, and a spectacular fireworks display closing the ceremonies on the 30th.

20
Nationwide
Revolución Mexicana
This date marks the anniversary of the Mexican Revolution of 1910. It is marked by parades and celebrations across the country.

24
Taxco, Guerrero
National Silver Fair
Taxco is the region of the country known as Mexico's "silver heart", as it serves as the source of much of the lucrative silver mining and export business. The resulting wealth made Taxco into a beautiful city renowned for its wares. Every year Mexico's best silversmiths compete against artists from around the world. The lavish festival surrounding the annual event includes concerts, dances, fireworks, and a seemingly endless supply of unique items for sale.


DECEMBER

25 Christmas Day

December
Feria Internacional de Querétaro
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December 10-22
San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas
Festival of San Cristóbal de las Casas
This two-week festival in Chiapas includes a procession from the Tzotzil and Tzetzal Indians, Marimba music, and horse parade. The annual festival is unique to this region and they include their Fiesta of the Virgin of Guadalupe as part of this celebration.
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12
Nationwide
Fiesta of the Virgin of Guadalupe
Mexico's most religious holiday is celebrated on this day as they honor the patroness of Mexico. Travelers from around the country all meet at the Basilica in Mexico City, home of the mysterious shroud that displays an imprint of the saint's likeness.

16-24
Nationwide
Posadas
Processions, parties, and religious festivals commemorate Joseph and Mary's journey to Bethlehem. Festive events include piñata breaking and music. In remembrance of the pilgrimage, families in many towns even re-create the arrival of Joseph and Mary in Bethlehem, including going door to door "seeking shelter". Special foods and sweets are prepared for this special time of year. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are celebrated with family dinners and religious services.

23
Oaxaca, Oaxaca
Fiesta de los Rábanos (Festival of the Radishes)
Local artisans and sculptors set up exhibit booths around the main square of Oaxaca to display their elaborately displayed works of art---made entirely from radishes! The important local crop is used for re-creations including entire nativity scenes and famous Mexican figures. Balloons and birds crafted from flowers add color to the displays and buñuelos (fritters similar to waffles) are served in clay cups. Thousands travel to Oaxaca every year for this unique and beautiful pageant.

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