Which Mexican Holiday To Celebrate Next?

Cinco de Mayo is a probably the most well-known Mexican holiday in America, and its significance comes from the Mexican Army’s victory over the French Army.  Mexican Holiday, Ixtapa Cantina and Mexican Restaurant, MassachusettsHowever, Cinco de Mayo is far from being the only Mexican holiday important to the people of Mexico. In fact, it is not even the most popular Mexican holiday. The biggest Mexican holiday is Dia de la Independencia (or Aniversario de la Independencia), which is Mexico’s official Independence Day, and is held on September 16th. Schools are closed on Dia de la Independencia and the day is observed with parades, similar to the festivities held in America on July 4th.

However, many other important Mexican holidays do exist. There are three main types of Mexican holidays. A statutory holiday is considered the most important and they are observed nationwide. Schools are closed on statutory holidays and most employees are awarded a day off with regular pay. A civic holiday is a nationwide holiday, but employees are not typically given a full day off. A festivity is a traditional Mexican holiday intended to honor religious events. The following guide by Mexholiday.com describes each Mexican holiday. Even though Cinco de Mayo has passed, you can find many other reasons to celebrate.

January

January 1: Ano Nuevo (New Year’s Day), is an official Mexican holiday.

January 6: Dia de Los Santos Reyes is the day when Mexicans exchange Christmas presents in accordance with the arrival of the three gift-bearing wisemen to Jesus Christ. This day culminates the Christmastime festivities.

January 17: Feast Day of de San Antonio de Abad is a religious holiday during which the Catholic Church allows animals to enter the church for blessing.

February

February 2: Dia de la Candelaria or Candlemas, is a religious holiday that is celebrated with processions, dancing, bullfights in certain cities, and the blessing of the seeds and candles. The festivities are best seen in: San Juan de los Lagos, Jalapa; Talpa de Allende, Jalisco; and Santa Maria del Tuxla, Oaxaca.

February 5: Dia de la Constitucion, an official holiday that commemorates Mexico’s Constitution.

February 16 – 21 (2012): Carnaval is an official Mexican holiday that kicks off a five-day celebration of the libido before the Catholic lent. Beginning the weekend before Lent, Carnaval is celebrated exhubrantly with parades, floats and dancing in the streets. Port towns such as Cozumel, Ensenada, La Paz, Mazatlán and Veracruz are excellent places to watch Carnaval festivities.

February 24: Flag Day, This Mexican national holiday honors the Mexican flag.

March

March 18: La Expropiacion Petrolera, Oil Expropriation of March 18, 1938. Civic holiday.

March 19: St. Joseph’s Day, Dia de San Jose, a religious holiday best seen in Tamulin, San Luis Potosi.

March 21: The Birthday of Benito Juarez, a famous Mexican president and national hero, this is an official Mexican holiday.

April

Semana Santa: Semana Santa is the holy week that ends the 40-day Lent period. This week includes Good Friday and Easter Sunday. It is Mexican custom to break confetti-filled eggs over the heads of friends and family.

May

May 1: Primero de Mayo is the Mexican national holiday that is equivalent to the U.S. Labor Day.

May 3: Holy Cross Day Dia de la Santa Cruz, when construction workers decorate and mount crosses on unfinished buildings, followed by fireworks and picnics at the construction site.

May 5: Cinco de Mayo is the Mexican national holiday that honors the Mexican victory over the French army at Puebla de los Angeles in 1862.

May 10: Mother’s Day, Due to the importance of the mother in Mexican culture, Mother’s Day is an especially significant holiday.

June

June 1: Navy Day is an official Mexican holiday.

June 24: Saint John the Baptist Day is celebrated with religious festivities, fairs, and popular jokes connected to getting dunked in water.

June 29: Fiesta of Saint Peter and Saint Paul notable celebrations in Mexcaltitan, Nayarit and Zaachila, Oaxaca.

September

September 1: Annual State of the Union, Though this date is an approximation, the President delivers the address in the autumn.

September 13: Los Niños Héroes, Heros of the Mexican-American War 1847. The President of Mexico commemorates their sacrifice at a wreath-laying ceremony at the monument to Los Niños Héroes in Chapultepec Park.

September 16: Mexican Independence Day celebrates the day that Miguel Hidalgo delivered El Grito de Dolores, and announced the Mexican revolt against Spanish rule.

October

October 12: Día de la Raza, This day celebrates Columbus’ arrival to the Americas, and the historical origins of the Mexican race.

November

November 1&2: Día de los Muertos is an important Mexican holiday that merges Pre-Columbian beliefs and modern Catholocism. Europe’s All Saints’ Day and the Aztec worship of the dead contribute to these two days that honor Mexico’s dead.

November 20: Mexican Revolution Day, This official Mexican holiday commemorates the Mexican Revolution of 1910.

December

December 12: Día de Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe, or the day of the Virgin of Guadalupe is celebrated with a feast honoring Mexico’s patron saint.

December 16: Las Posadas celebrates Joseph and Mary’s search for shelter in Bethlehem with candlelight processions that end at various nativity scenes. Las Posadas continues through January 6.

December 25: Navidad, Mexico celebrates the Christmas holiday.

Now that you have this handy list of Mexican holidays, you can throw festivities for many of them, rather than waiting once per year to celebrate the Mexican holiday of Cinco de Mayo. A Mexican holiday is the perfect excuse to treat yourself to a margarita.

Some of the most popular Mexican holidays occur on the dates similar to those of popular American holidays. For example, the Mexican holiday, Día de los Muertos, honors the dead and is observed on November 1st and 2nd, and many compare its festivities to those of Halloween on October 31st. On the other hand, the Mexican holidays observed during the month of December pay tribute to the same customs as the traditional religious Christmas.

If you are looking for an authentic Mexican ambiance in which to celebrate your favorite Mexican holiday, Casa Blanca Mexican Restaurant has everything you will need. We work hard to bring the traditions of Mexico to Massachusetts through our authentic food and family-friendly atmosphere. Whatever Mexican holiday you are looking to celebrate, or if you desire Mexican food for no reason at all, we would like to welcome you to any of our three locations in Andover, North Andover, and North Billerica, Massachusetts.

Which Mexican holiday do you think should be more prominent in America, along with Cinco de Mayo? We’d love to see your thoughts in the comment section below.