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Holidays in Mexico

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  • Fiestas and Events 2012 Lake Chapala Mexico 

    National public holidays are commemorated on January 1 (New Year’s Day), the first Monday of February (Constitution Day), the third Monday in March (Birth of Benito Juarez), May 1 (Labor Day), September 16 (Independence Day), the third Monday in November (Mexican Revolution Day) and December 25 (Christmas Day).

    Under Federal Labor Laws, salaried workers in both the public and private sectors are granted a day off with regular pay on all of these dias de asueto (statutory holidays). Employees who are scheduled to work on these dates are entitled to their full daily wages plus double time for the hours worked.

    Banks, schools, government offices, major corporations and some other businesses shut down operations on these occasions. They may also close for some major local celebrations.

  • Holidays in Mexico

    Observances & National Holidays

    January 1: Año Nuevo (New Year’s Day) 

    January 6: Dia de los Santos Reyes  (Three Kings Day-Epiphany)

    January 17: San Antonio Abad  (St. Anthony the Abbot) - blessing of farm animals

    February 2: Dia de la Candelaria  (Candlemas)

    February 3: Conmemoracion del Aniversario de la Constitucion (Constitution Day)* 

    February 14: Dia del Amor y la Amistad  (Valentine’s Day)

    February 14: Aniversario de la Ciudad (Anniversary of the foundation of Guadalajara, 1542) –  special events held around the city.

    February 19: Día del Ejercito Mexicano (Mexican Army Day)

    February 24: Dia de la Bandera  (Flag Day)

    March 4: Martes de Carnaval  (Mardi Gras)

    March 5: Miercoles de Ceniza  (Ash Wednesday)

    March 9: Daylight Saving Time begins in the United States & Canada – Spring Forward - move clocks forward one hour

    March 17: Conmemoracion del Natalicio de Juarez (Birth of Benito Juarez) 

    April 6: Daylight Saving Time begins in Mexico – Spring Forward - move clocks forward one hour

    April 11: Viernes de Dolores  (Friday of Sorrows)

    April 13: Domingo de Ramos  (Palm Sunday)

    April 17: Jueves Santo (Maundy Thursday)

    April 18: Viernes Santo (Good Friday)

    April 20: Domingo de Resurreccion (Easter Sunday)

    April 30: Dia del Niño (Children’s Day)

    May 1: Dia del Trabajo (Labor Day) 

    May 5: Cinco de Mayo (Commemoration Battle of Puebla, 1862)

    May 10: Dia de las Madres  (Mother’s Day-Mexico)

    May 15: Dia del Maestro (Teacher’s Day)

    May 23: Día del Estudiante (Student’s Day)

    June 1: Día de la Marina Nacional (Mexico Navy Day) 

    June 15: Dia del Padre  (Father’s Day)

    June 24: San Juan Bautista (St. John the Baptist)

    June 29: San Pedro y San Pablo (St. Peter and St. Paul)

    August 22: Dia del Bombero (Fireman’s Day) 

    August 28: Día del Adulto Mayor (Senior Citizen’s Day)

    September 13: Dia de los Niños Heroes (Heroic Defense of Chapultepec, Castle 1847) 

    September 15: Grito de Dolores  (Cry of Independence, 1810)

    September 16: Dia de la Independencia (Independence Day) 

    September 28: Dia del Servidor Publico (Jalisco Bureaucrats Day, may be observed this year on the previous Friday) – government offices and public institutions close.

    October 12: Dia de la Raza (Columbus Day) 

    October 12:  Romeria de la Virgen de Zapopan  (Guadalajara-Zapopan Pilgrimage)

    October 26: Daylight Saving Time ends in Mexico – Fall Back -  move clocks back one hour

    November 1: Dia de todos Santos  (All Saints’ Day) 

    November 2: Dia de los Muertos  (All Souls’ Day)

    November 2:  Daylight Saving Time ends in the United States & Canada – Fall Back -  move clocks back one hour

    November 17: Conmemoracion del Dia de la Revolucion Mexicana (Revolution Day) – parades in some places held on November 20* 

    November 23: Día de la Armada de México (Mexico Armed Forces Day)

    December 12: Virgen de Guadalupe (Patroness of Mexico) 

    December 16-24: Las Posadas  (Christmas season festivities)

    December 24: Noche Buena  (Christmas Eve)

    December 25: Navidad  (Christmas Day) 

    December 28: Dia de los Santos Inocentes (Holy Innocents Day), Mexico’s equivalent to April Fools.

    December 31: Año Viejo  (New Year’s Eve)

    Lakeside’s 2013 Celebrations & Special Events

    January 1: New Year’s Day parade – Ajijic

    January 8-20: Señor del Monte festivities – Jocotepec

    January 20: San Sebastian festivity – upper Ajijic

    February 1-12: Carnaval (Mardi Gras) festivities –  Chapala, Ajijic

    February 9-11: Nuestra Señora de Lourdes festivities – Chapala

    February 15-March 2: Northern Lights Music Festival

    February 22-24: Chili Cookoff – Tobolandia

    March 22-31: Easter season activities include Virgin of Sorrows altar displays,

    Palm Sunday processions, and Passion Plays in different localities.

    April 27-May 5: Señor del Guaje festivity –  Jocotepec

    April 25-May 3: Santa Cruz festivities – Santa Cruz de la Soledad

    May 3: Day of the Holy Cross, construction site parties, processions, altar displays

    June 1: Dia de la Marina (Navy Day) commemoration

    June 5-13: San Antonio de Padua festivities – San Antonio Tlayacapan

    June 16-24: San Juan Bautista festivities – San Juan Cosala, San Juan Tecomatlan

    July 8-16: Nuestra Señora del Carmen festivities – Chapala

    July 14: Dia del Lago celebration honoring the Virgin of Zapopan

    July 17-25: Santo Santiago festivities – Ixtlahuacan de los Membrillos

    August 7-15: Virgen de la Asuncion festivities – Mezcala

    August 10-11: Expo Membrillo (Quince Fair) – Atotoniquillo

    September 7: Regata de Globos paper balloon exhibition – Ajijic

    September 15-16: Mexican Independence festivities

    September 26-October 4: San Francisco de Asis festivities – Chapala

    October 1-31: Virgen del Rosario festivities – Ajijic

    November 1-2: Days of the Dead, altar displays and cultural events

    November 18-20: Revolution Day celebrations

    November 21-30: San Andres festivities – Ajijic

    November 25: Heroic Defense of Mezcala Island commemoration – Mezcala

    November 28-December 6: San Nicolas de Bari festivities – San Nicolas de Ibarra

    December 12: Virgin of Guadalupe processions and altar displays

    December 16-24: Posada processions and other Christmas festivities

    December 31: New Year’s Eve street parties