to Annual Events
Santa, (Holy week) is the most important holiday in Mexico,
surpassing even Christmas. A popular Semana Santa customs is breaking
brightly colored eggs stuffed with confetti on the heads of family
and friends. Since there is a two week Easter holiday for schools
many Mexican families go on vacation especially to the beach resorts.
In the smaller villages and more traditional cities there will be
Passion plays staged that include a reenactment of the procession
by penitents and the crucifixion.
April Anniversary of the founding
of Cancun. Singing, dancing and other cultural events celebrate
the founding of Cancun throughout the month.
Late April to early May The
Sol a Sol International Regatta, launched from St. Petersburg, Florida,
arrives in Isla Mujeres. The whole island celebrates with dances,
fairs, live music and performances of regional dance.
April 30: Día de las Niños,
(Children's Day). This holiday is strictly for the children. Special
events such as puppet shows and musical shows performed by clowns
are held throughout villages and cities accompanied by a free lunch
and gift for every child who attends.
May 1: Día del Trabajo (International
Worker's Day) is celebrated with a big parade. Offices, schools
and banks are closed.
5: Cinco de Mayo (5th of May) celebrates the 1862 victory
at Puebla when the Mexican army defeated Maximilian and the French
army. This rare event (the Mexican has not won many of its battles)
is marked with patriotic parades and fireworks. Schools, government
offices and some banks are closed.
May 20-22: IASTED
International Multi-Conference on control and Application. This
conference provides an opportunity for prominent specialists, researchers,
and engineers throughout the world to share their latest research
in control and its applications in industry.This conference will
be held in conjunction with the 5th IASTED International Conference
and Advanced Technology in Education (CATE 2002).
May 10: Día de las Madres (Mother's
Day) is celebrated with a breakfast for Mom. Stores give out small
gifts and people stop mothers in the street to wish them well and
thank them for their hard work.