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Mexican Celebrations

Mexican celebrations

MEXICAN CELEBRATIONS

Why do Mexican party a lot? There are a lot of Mexican Celebrations and…

….Mexicans love parties… it is famous around the world that we like to enjoy a big meal with some tequila and our favorite Mexican music. Any chance, opportunity, free time is great to celebrate and party!

Like any country we have special celebrations. Some are really important for our country, our honour, our history & cultural heritage, and others are to remember our loved ones. Let’s dig a little more in these important Mexican Celebrations!

5th of May (It is not our independence day)

The famous 5th of May (“Drinkodemayo” for some people) was a battle that Mexico won against the French army in 1862. For Americans is a day for celebrating the Mexican-American culture.

In Mexico it is celebrated with a military parade but it is not one of the most important dates for Mexicans. Sometimes this date is confused with the Independence Day, which is in 16th September.

16th of September. Independence Day

In 1810 Mexico started his independence war from Spain. We like to remember putting the colours of our flag everywhere, eating tacos and screaming VIVA MEXICO! It’s the famous “Grito” on the main squares of any city on the night of 15th.

12th of October. Day of the Race

Christopher Colombus discovered America in 1492 on the same date. For Latin-Americans, it is the day we commemorate our cultural fusion with Europe.

1st of November. Day of the death

We celebrate our dead ones paying tribute to them. We believe that their soul gets back to the real world to be with us and so that we can help them in their spiritual journey. In 2008, the tradition was added to the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

20th of November. Revolution Day

Do you imagine Mexicans with a big moustache and a big hat? Well all the revolutionary guys looked like that! On that day of 1910, Mexican threw Porfirio Diaz dictatorship that ruled Mexico for 35 years.

12th of December. Day of the Virgin Guadalupe.

It is one of the most iconic and venerated Virgin for Catholics on Mexico. In this date the virgin appeared to the indigenous Juan Diego. The Virgin is brunette and looks likes the people from Mexico, that is why a lot of Latin-Americans feel empathy for her.

31th December New Year Eve!

It is the night you need to be prepared to drink, dance and eat until the sunrise! We eat 12 grapes for each month and made wishes for each one! Cancun Playa de Carmen and Riviera Maya are great places to party all night long by the Caribbean Sea.

 

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The Day of the Dead in Mexico

THE DAY OF THE DEAD IN MEXICO.

Dia de los Muertos.

The Dia de los Muertos or the ‘Day of the Dead’ is perhaps the most fascinating and the most popular festival celebrated in Mexico than anywhere else in the entire Americas. Although this exhilarating festival is celebrated in the entire country – the most fun and popular place to enjoy the festivities in the truest sense as a tourist is Playa del Carmen and Riviera Maya.

When does the Fun Begin?

The traditional festival begins on 28 October and lasts for an entire week, ending in 2 November, which is declared as a national holiday in Mexico. It is a very important tradition for Mexicans where they pay tribute to the dearly departed – and is an integral part in the embracement of death.

The Significance of the Day of the Dead for the Mayans

The Mayans people also celebrated the Day of the Dead, and during these days they prepared favorite dishes of the dead in their family. According to Mayan tradition, people die three deaths. The first death is where the body fails to function – the second death is when a person is being buried and the third death is when there are no people left to remember the dead.

Interesting Facts about the Dia de los Muertos

  • This ritual of celebrating the dead has been observed by Mesoamerican civilizations for over 3000 years!
  • In the ritual it is believed that the souls of children return on the 1st of November and the spirits of adults return on the 2nd of November.
  • Families of the dead clean and decorate the graves and well-off families build altars.
  • The most common symbol of the Day of the Dead is the skull, which they call ‘calacas’.

 

You too can enjoy this legendary in Playa del Carmen by buying your own costume and partying out hard. Plus, along with enjoying the country wide festival you will also be able to take a glimpse of various Mexican traditions and learn the history behind it.

So, join us to Playa del Carmen and the Riviera Maya for a truly mesmerizing and authentic celebration of the Day of the Dead.