New Year's Day
Continuing the celebrations from the previous evening, festivities include parades and fireworks throughout Mexico as well as agricultural fairs in rural areas.
Feast Day of San Antonio de Abad
This is a Mexican religious holiday during which the Catholic Church allows animals to enter the church for blessing.
Día de la Candelaria heralds the arrival of spring with candlelight processions, music, food and dance. The traditional blessing of seeds and candles co-mingles pre-Hispanic and European traditions.
Official speeches and ceremonies are conducted nationwide.
Friendship Day (Día de Amistad and Día de los Enamorados)
Love and friendship is celebrated; this holiday is similar to Valentine's day.
This Mexican national holiday honors the Mexican flag.
An indulgent celebration before the sober fasting period of Catholic Lent. This week before Lent is filled with feasting, drinking, parades and dancing in the streets that culminates on "Fat Tuesday." In La Paz, Baja Sur's biggest celebration takes place, with participants competing for the honor of being named King and Queen of the Royal Court. In Cabo San Lucas, parades and a festival will mark the season.
Festival of San Jose Del Cabo
Second Week of March
In honor of St. Joseph, the city's patron saint, this 11-day festival begins with evening parties and music on the 8th of March and continues with carnivals and parades that culminates on March 19th, which is the main day of the festival. Exact dates may vary from year to year.
The Birthday of Benito Juarez
This is the birthday of the country's first President, Benito Juarez. The holiday features dancing, music, and food in commemoration of one of Mexico's most honored heroes.
Holy Week and Easter - 'Semana Santa'
Holy week ends the 40-day Lent period. This week includes Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Festivities include traditional religious observations and colorful parades that move through downtown.
Dia de los Niños
This holiday celebrates children's importance in society.
Dia del Trabajo (Labor Day)
Primero de Mayo is the Mexican national holiday that is equivalent to the U.S. Labor Day. It is also referred to as "May Day".
Cinco de Mayo
Cinco de Mayo is the Mexican national holiday that honors the Mexican victory over the French army at Puebla de los Angeles in 1862.
Due to the importance of the mother in Mexican culture, Mother's Day is an especially significant holiday.
Navy Celebrations Day
Navy Day is an official Mexican holiday.
Dia de Corpus Christi
This annual religious festival consists of parades and church services.
Third Sunday in June
A celebration of fathers.
Fiesta of the Virgin of Carmen
Carmen is believed to be a protector of the Mexican nation. Craft vendors, parades, puppeteers, bullfights and a fishing tournament.
Festival of St. James
Parades and festivities - riders mounted on white horses and re-enacted battlefield skirmishes at the town square - followed by closed shops and street parties.
Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Celebrates the Virgin Mary's departure from earth and into heaven. Processions with musical bands and floats denoting the Virgin Mary's life. Restaurants offer feast-style dinner buffet specials until the wee hours.
Annual State of the Union
Though this date is an approximation, the President delivers the State of the Union Address in the autumn.
Dia de Nuestra Señora
This local Baja holiday celebrates the founding of Baja's first mission at Loreto.
Dia del la Patria (Independence Day)
Mexico's most significant national holiday, it begins the evening of September 15 with the President's cry (El Grito) of "Viva Mexico" from the balcony of the National Palace. Locals respond with calls of "Viva!"
Dia de la Raza
This day celebrates Columbus' arrival to the Americas, and the historical origins of the Mexican Mestizo race, which is a blend of Spanish and indigenous peoples.
Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead)
This important Mexican holiday merges pre-Columbian beliefs and modern Catholicism. Europe's All Saint's Day and the Aztec worship of the dead contribute to these two days honoring Mexico's ancestors.
Dia de la Revolución (Mexican Revolution Day)
This official Mexican holiday celebrates the Mexican Revolution of 1910.
Dia de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe
This is the day of the Virgin of Guadalupe and is celebrated with a feast honoring Mexico's patron saint.
Candlelight processions wind their way to a different host's home each evening, where guests will enjoy music, treats and piñatas. Repeated each night until Christmas Eve.
Mexico celebrates Christmas day.
New Year's Eve
This national holiday features festivities, parades and fireworks throughout Mexico. In Cabo San Lucas, expect glamorous VIP parties at resorts and nightclubs.