There is a fiesta, fair or major happening going on somewhere in Mexico every day of the year. But here is a monthly list of the major dates to mark on your calendar. Those in bold are official national holidays and you’ll find banks, schools, government offices and some businesses shut down on those dates. They may also close for other major local celebrations.Those ítems not bolded are important civic commemorations, religious celebrations and other local events. Those marked with an asterisk (*) change dates from year to year.

Major Holidays in Mexico

Official National Holiday

Important civic commemorations, religious celebrations, local events

* change dates from year to year

January 1 New Year’s Day
January 6 Three Kings Day
First Monday in February Constitution Day
February 12* Mardi Gras
February 13* Ash Wednesday
February 14 Valentine’s Day
Third Monday in March Birth of Benito Juarez
March 24* Palm Sunday
March 29* Good Friday
March 31* Easter Sunday
May 1 Labour Day
May 5 Cinco de Mayo
May 10 Mother’s Day
June 16* Father’s Day
June 24 St. John the Baptist
September 13 Day of Heros
September 14 Horseman’s Day
September 15 Cry of Independence
September 16 Independence Day
September 28 Public Servant’s Day (Government offices closed)
November 1 All Saints Day
November 2 All Souls Day
Third Monday in November Revolution Day
December 12 Virgin de Guadalupe
December 16 – 24 Las Posadas (Christmas season festivities)
December 24 Christmas Eve
December 25            Christmas Day
December 28 Holy Innocents Day (April Fools)
December 31 New Year’s Eve

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