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Mexican Holidays


January 1 - New Year's Day

Like every country Mexican celebrate their New Year's Day with their relatives and the ones they love. On New Year's Eve they wait either in front of the TV or they sit and wait for the bells to ring twelve times. Every time the bells ring you eat one grape and make a wish. Then go around and give each other a hug and wish them a happy new year. The women wear red underwear which means that she will find love in the coming year. There are people who take out their suitcases and walk around the block, this means that they wish to travel in the coming year. Another custom Mexicans have is that on January 6th they eat a special cake that has a hole in the middle with a small toy inside the cake. After the cake is cut, whoever that gets the toy is suppose to make a special food on February 5th.

February 5 - Constitution Day ~ Anniversary of the Mexican constitution

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 with parades, floats and dancing in the streets. Port towns such as Ensenada, La Paz, Mazatlán and Veracruz are excellent places to watch Carnaval festivities.

February 24 - Day of the Flag

The meanings of the colors of the Mexican flag:
Green is for hope
White is for unity, purity, and honesty
Red is for parenthood and the blood of national heroes

March 21 - Benito Juárez's birthday

April 1 - Good Friday-Easter Sunday

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

May 1 - Labor Day

May 5 - 1862 victory celebration

The Mexican national holiday that honors the Mexican defeat of the French army at Puebla de los Angeles in 1862.

September 16 - Día de la Independencia (Mexican Independence Day )

October 12 - Día de la Raza

This day celebrates Columbus' arrival to the Americas, and the historical origins of the Mexican race.

November 1 - All saints Day

This holiday is for young children who have passed away

November 2 The Day of the Dead

This holiday is for adults who have passed away.

November 20 - Día de la Revolución (Mexican Revolution Day)

This official Mexican holiday celebrates the Mexican Revolution of 1910.

December 25 - Día de Navidad (Christmas Day)

On Christmas 16th the family parties start with celebrating Christmas. Nine consecutive candlelight processions will begin with the parties. The kids will gather together every afternoon and they will form a nativity, this is how the young children in villages and urban areas learn about Christmas.







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