Easter weekend and Christmas holidays are very big in Mexico, as well as the summer break which is usually in July. Those are the major holidays and there are also national days to celebrate a president or an event across Mexico.
Holidays such as Easter and Christmas are celebrated in Mexico in much the same way they are celebrated in the US.
Mexico has an Independence Day and a day that resembles Halloween called Dia de Los Muertos, which is celebrated across Mexico. Dia de los Muertos has become a famous event internationally, and in Mexico it is an important event where Mexicans honor their past loved ones who have died. Their tradition is Dia de Los Muertos is to celebrate life and welcome the souls of departed loved ones back for that day so that they can be with their families. The time of the year corresponds roughly to the same days as Halloween.
Cinco de Mayo is generally not celebrated in countrywide in Mexico. It might celebrate in the city of Puebla where the even took place, which was a battle that was won by the Mexican army against the French nationals. It is not, as is thought by many in the US, the Mexican equivalent of the 4th of July. It’s just the commemoration of a famous battle wherein a Mexican ragtag army beat Napoleon’s French army.
Our independence celebration is celebrated in September, and is quite a big event. Not only does the president come out to do a big speech at the circle in Mexico City, but there are many reenactments in important cities like Guanajuato where the so-called “shout for independence” was started by Father Miguel Hidalgo.
Here in Merida right now we’re preparing for a carnival. Yep, carnival is just around the corner and then that’s celebrated very big here in Merida. The important cities in Mexico were they celebrate carnival would be Mazatlan, Veracruz, and here in Merida. Generally speaking, carnival is celebrated here the same way it is celebrated in New Orleans or Rio de Janeiro, although certain cities are a little bit different. Merida’s carnival tends to be much more family oriented whereas you can compare how carnival is celebrated in Mazatlan and Veracruz more to the more wild celebrations in New Orleans and Brazil.
In Mexico, Mother’s Day is very important, because Mexico is very family-oriented. You can expect Mother’s Day to be a very important holiday here. I would compare it to where people fly home for Thanksgiving in the US. People definitely come home for Mother’s day. In Mexico, Mother’s Day is bigger than Father’s Day.
Mexico is a Catholic country so Easter is a big deal. We have our very Catholic followers who complain because Easter here has become one of the most important vacation times where families come to vacation all across the beaches in Mexico rather than celebrating the more religious aspects of what Easter is meant to be. So you might have some Catholic followers a little upset that people have changed the holiday to make it an opportunity for a vacation.
(Carnival in Mexico, pictured.)