Celebrations and Festivals in Mexico

Mexico is a country of endless celebrations

Ranging from religious celebrations to ferias, festivals and cultural or traditional festivities. You should explore the festivals in Mexico. Some of them may appear to be rather strange, but it is important to understand the culture, myths and beliefs of the population in order to understand the real purpose of the celebrations.

Stay in Mexico at the heart of a festive country

Mexico has no shortage of events where you can enjoy euphoric moments. There are many categories of Latino-Mexican celebrations. There are traditional celebrations which mostly have a religious connotation. They are based on the religious calendar and celebrate Biblical beliefs, since Christianity is largely the dominant religion in Mexico. Notable among these Mexican celebrations is the Semana Santa (Holy Week, with a dedicated programme for each day). Just like in many Latin countries (Brazil, Spain, etc.), the Carnival also has an important position.

Some of the celebrations in Mexico are civic celebrations. They have a more patriotic outlook, because they are related to major events in Mexican history. They are commemorated on the national level; notable examples are the Independence Day or the Mexican Revolution Day. Lastly, there are colourful and lively fairs called “ferias”, which feature traditional costumes, dances, parades and running of the bulls. Mexico is definitely not lacking in celebrations that you will enjoy!

Head for Cancún and the Yucatán for lively festivals

The region is popular for its festive ambiance. American students have made it a compulsory transit stop during the Spring Break, the holiday period at the beginning of the year. All the skiing resorts and local towns become more vibrant and livelier than ever. This celebration is not limited to Mexico since it extends mostly beyond the borders.

The Otoño Cultural festival is celebrated when summer ends and autumn begins. For three weeks, not less than one hundred musical shows of all genres, various types of dances, original visual and theatre arts are displayed. Later in the year, the Festival of souls or Paseo de las Ánimas prepares the ambiance for the celebration of the Dead, which takes place in early November. Numerous inhabitants of Yucatán dress up as skeletons and stroll on the streets. Don’t be discouraged (because these events actually have a very positive connotation), it is a time for music, artistic performances and local food. Mexico is truly a country unlike any other and Mexican celebrations attest to this.

Where can you go for an outing after the celebration?

This summer, after enjoying the annual festivities in Cancún and the celebrations in Mexico, you can still go and swim with hammerhead sharks off the coast of Isla Contoy!

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The celebration of the Dead: funeral-like, but joyous celebration

The Celebration of the Dead in Mexico - El Día de los muertos - does not have the same significance or importance as the All Saints Day in the West. In this country, death is the prelude to the “great journey” and it is celebrated every autumn. The celebration is based on a 3,500-year old Aztec myth, which was revived by the Catholic religion. It evokes the cycle of life and death. A long ceremony takes place all over the country, passing by cemeteries and paying tribute to the dead.

The goal of this Mexican celebration is to face life with greater serenity when you approach the fear of death in a different way and identify with it. This is why adults and children take part in these long ceremonies every year as a rite of passage. Experience this unique feeling during this celebration in Mexico.

Mexico is popular for its celebrations. Whatever the time of the year and the region of the country you visit, you will always find celebrations in Mexico. Festivals are numerous and varied in the country of the Día de los muertos, mariachis and Spring Break.

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