January 1: Año
Nuevo (New Year's Day) is celebrated throughout the region with
a midnight dance and the burning of an effigy representing the old
6: El Día de Los Reyes (Feast of the Epiphany, or Three Kings
Day) is the traditional day of gift-giving when children receive
their presents brought by the three wise men. A traditional cake
is served called Rosca de Reyes (King's cake).
Feb. 2: La Candeleria (Candlemas). The final Christmas fiesta,
hosted by whoever got the small plastic Jesus (El Niño) in their
piece of King's cake on January 6th. Traditional drink and food
such as tamales are served.
5: Aniversario de la Constitución Mexicana (Constitution Day).
An official holiday honoring the Mexican constitution. Schools,
banks and government offices are closed.
February 24: Día de la Bandera, (Flag Day). One week before
this holiday the streets are filled with flag vendors. Adults decorate
their cars with them and school children participate in a flag ceremony
singing patriotic songs about their flag.
Carnaval (Mardi Gras) is a weeklong blow out before Lent with
outlandish parades, floats, dance contests, fireworks and outdoor
dances (that last well into the wee hours). Both Cancun and Cozumel
are famous for their flamboyant carnival parades in which the whole
city participates dancing through the street for days on end. Smaller
villages will also have bullfights and circuses.
March 21: Aniversario de Benito Juárez (Birthday of Benito
Juárez). This holiday celebrates Benito Juarez's Birthday, one of
Mexico's greatest heroes. There are parades and sometimes fireworks.
Government offices, schools and some businesses are closed.
21-22: Inicio Primavera (Spring Equinox) at Chichen-Itza. In
the late afternoon when the sun hits the steps of the El Castillo
Pyramid, a shadow forms in the shape of serpent. The snake, symbolizing
the great plumed serpent deity, Kukulcán, appears to be slithering
down to earth. Thousands attend this remarkable display of Maya
astrology and mathematics. Book your hotel room early.
to Annual Events
Tours/Cruises | Water Sports |
Parks | Art
Golf | Attractions |
Events & Calendar | Mayan Ruins | Recreation