The Most Popular Annual Festivals in Mexico

Planning to visit Mexico any time soon? If you have not booked your tickets yet, it would be a nice idea to visit during the festive season.

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The already-vibrant destination turns livelier for one and all! What more could you ask for? In this article, we bring to you some of the most popular annual festivals celebrated in the United Mexican States. Let’s go through them now!

Son Jarocho

Son Jorocho is a regional folk musical style of Veracruz – a stretched-out Mexican state bordering the Gulf of Mexico. The fest features a brilliant and unique mixture of indigenous, Spanish, and African elements. The rhythmic songs focus on evergreen topics like love, sailors, nature, and cattle breeding. The verses are deliberately made humorous to entice viewers further. Jarana, requinto jarocho, harp, and pandero are the instruments used in Son Jarocho.

Fiestas de Octubre

Fiestas de Octubre presents excellent dance performances, theatre workshops, painting, and other art forms. Every year, a new theme is chosen and all the activities and images are based on it. The fun doesn’t end here! There are thrilling rides and Mexican food too. This fiesta commemorates the traditional and the true spirit of the state – Jalisco. Fiestas de Octubre is believed to be one of the most important festivals of Mexico and shouldn’t be missed!

Festival Internacional Cervantino

Guanajuato‘s Festival Internacional Cervantino features performers from more than 90 different countries in plays, concerts, theatre and dance productions, art exhibitions, and films. As the fiesta is named after a Spanish writer called ‘Miguel de Cervantes’, it highlights artistic creations in Spanish language. It’s a global festival, which encourages discovery and exchange.

Festival de Mexico

With an outstanding reputation, the Festival de Mexico is Latin America’s leading international art festival. It has hosted pioneering international and Mexican events in diverse areas such as dance, music, theater, visual arts, opera, and multimedia. Famous personalities like Diego el Cigala, Peter Brook, Rubén Blades and Fred Frith have graced the occasion with their presence.

Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead is over a century old festival that’s commemorated to remember and honour the ones who have passed away. At homes, people create altars for them and may allow guests to check it out. Graves and graveyards are also cleaned. They stay up all night in the cemetery chatting and sharing stories of their ancestors. Skilled musicians play favourite songs of the dead.