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Holidays & Observances in Mexico

Mexico is a Spanish-speaking country in Central America. There are many factors that have contributed to its diverse culture, starting with its rich history of indigenous civilizations. Mexico was dominated by intelligent and innovative civilizations for thousands of years before it was taken over by colonial powers. Some of the unique indigenous culture still remains, mixed together with European culture brought to Mexico by the Spanish. This mixture is very evident in many of Mexico’s holidays, which mix Roman Catholic traditions with indigenous ones. The most dramatically multicultural holiday is the Day of the Dead, which is celebrated on the day most Catholics celebrate All Saint’s Day. Mexico’s Day of the Dead is a much more upbeat holiday with colorful traditions and celebrations of both life and death. There is almost always some kind of celebration going on in Mexico, as many of the holidays last for days or weeks. Easter, for instance includes celebrations on every day of Holy Week, and the Christmas season does not traditionally end until Candlemas on February 2. Mexican holidays combine colorful traditions with traditional roots to make for unique festivities that are recognized around the world.


Country Observances

Holiday Date Country Holiday Common Observance Observance Type Religion/Belief
Christ the King Day Christ the King Day Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
Advent Advent Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Feast of the Immaculate Conception Feast of the Immaculate Conception Religious/Beliefs Christianity, Catholic
Christmas Eve Christmas Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
Christmas Christmas Public, Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
Epiphany Epiphany - Three Kings Day Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Candlemas Candlemas Religious/Beliefs Christianity, Catholic
Mardi Gras - Shrove Tuesday / Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras - Shrove Tuesday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Ash Wednesday/Carnival Ash Wednesday / Carnival Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Palm Sunday Palm Sunday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Maundy Thursday Maundy Thursday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Good Friday Good Friday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Holy Saturday Holy Saturday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Easter Easter Religious/Beliefs, Popular & Widely Observed Christianity
Easter Monday Easter Monday Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Labour Day / May Day Labour Day Public, Popular & Widely Observed
Ascension Day Ascension Day Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Pentecost / Whit Sunday Pentecost (Whit Sunday) Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Corpus Christi Corpus Christi Religious/Beliefs Christianity
Arbor Day - Mexico Arbor Day / Plant a Tree Day Noteworthy & Common
Assumption of Mary Assumption Day Religious/Beliefs Christianity