Special Programs • Holidays
In Mexico, people are still reviving their old traditions every year. Many of the national holidays are connected to religion, to the independence from Spain or to the remembrance of family members who have died. We invite you to experience the unique flair of a traditional Mexican feast.
Day of the Dead in Oaxaca, Mexico City or Patzcuaro
October 31st – November 2nd
This is a very special Mexican holiday which is celebrated throughout Mexico as well as in other cultures, focused on gatherings of family and friends to remember and pray for the loved ones who have died. The people use to build private altars called ofrendas honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, their favorite foods and beverages as well as things that were important to them.
Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe
The Virgin of Guadalupe is a celebrated Roman Catholic icon of the Virgin Mary, who appeared once to the peasant Juan Diego on the hill of Tepeyac, near Mexico City. On this day people from everywhere in the country, make their way to the Basilica of the Virgin of Guadalupe, bringing presents, asking for miracles and giving thanks to the saint. Today, this day is a national holiday including traditional music and fun attractions.
Day of the “Grito de Dolores” (“Cry of Dolores”)
The “Grito de Dolores” is the most important day of the Mexican history, as it marks the beginning of Mexico’s War of Independence against the Spanish. This event took place in the small town of Dolores near Guanajuato under the leadership of a Roman Catholic priest named Miguel Hidalgo. Each year in the night of September 15th, the president rings the bell of the National Palace in Mexico City and repeats a cry of patriotism, ending with the threefold shout of “Viva Mexico!”. In the morning of September 16th, you can take part in the spectacle of the national military parade.
Holy Week in Taxco
The processions and ceremonies of the Holy Week of Taxco, a small town in the Mexican state of Guerrero, have gained international fame. Between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday, you can be witness of 10 major processions, six during the evening and four during the day.