Holidays in Mexico: Popular Events & Festivals in the Country

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Home to numerous tribes, ethnic groups and indigenous communities, Mexico is a vibrant nation with a calendar packed with celebrations and festivals all year round. Here is a list of some of the popular festivals of Mexico.

Cinco de Mayo

Held annually on the 5th of May, Cinco de Mayo is one of the most famous festivals in Mexico. It marks Mexican Army’s victory over the French troops during at Battle of Puebla under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza. Military parades, processions, mariachi music performances and dance shows are the popular attractions of the festival. Street plays and theatre shows recreating important scenes from the war are held in every part of the country during the festival.

Las Dias de los Muertos

Officially known as ‘Day of the Dead’, Las Dias de los Muertos is another famous Mexican festival. Held in the month of November, the festival celebrates the spirit of the deceased. During the 3 day festival, it is believed that souls of the dead return back to earth to visit their family members and bless them. The festival is celebrated with music and feasting. Visiting cemeteries and offering prayers on the graves of the ancestors are the popular traditions of the festival.

Las Posadas

Recreating the tale of Mary and Joseph’s search for lodging in Bethlehem, Las Posadas is a prominent religious festival celebrated by Mexicans across the world. Beginning on the 16th of December every year the festival continues for nine days and is marked by numerous activities and processions. Theatrical enactments and stage shows are held in different parts of the country.

El Grito de Independencia

Also known as ‘the Cry of Dolores’, El Grito de Independencia is celebrated on the 6th of September every year. The event is popularly celebrated as the Mexican Independence Day. The date actually marks the formal declaration of the struggle for freedom from the Spanish rule. Decorating homes with national colours, band performances, military parades and processions are held across the country during the festival.

Guelaguetza

Celebrated in the city of Oaxaca, Guelaguetza is an annual indigenous cultural event in Mexico. The celebration takes place on consecutive Mondays at the end of July and is a symbol of diverse traditions and practises followed by ancient tribes and indigenous groups. Costume dancing, group singing, parades and processions accompanied by folk dance and music are the prominent traditions of the festival. Numerous street shows and events are organized in different parts of the country during the celebrations.

Festival Del Centro Histórico

Also known as ‘Mexico Festival’, Festival Del Centro Histórico is an important cultural festival in the country. The 18-day festival hosts over 280 concerts, shows, and educational events spread across 60 venues. The Palace of Fine Arts, The Metropolitian Cathedral, National Museum of Art and the Theatre of the City are among the famous venues where celebrations and activities take place.

Vive Latino

Usually held in the months of April and May, Vive Latino is one of the most prominent rock en Español music festivals in the world. The event has served as a platform for upcoming artists and new bands. Every year, the grand event showcases talent from different genres and hosts guests from across the world. Live acts and musical performances are the major highlights of the festival.