Sometimes it's easier to tell
a story by example. Below you'll find a tale
of the Mexican culture told by its holidays. Keep an eye out for
holidays -- the streets of Matamoros will be buzzing with activity!
: : JANUARY
Año Nuevo (New Year's Day), is an
official Mexican holiday.
Día de los Santos Reyes is
the day of the arrival of the three gift-bearing wise men
to Jesus Christ. This day culminates the Christmastime festivities.
The house that host's the party has the (rosca) Mexican bread which
has a plastic baby Jesus in the bread and whoever find it in their
piece served has to host the next party.
Feast Day of de San Antonio de Abad
is a religious holiday during which the Catholic Church allows animals
to enter the church for blessing.
: : FEBUARY
Día de la Constitución
an official holiday that commemorates Mexico's Constitution.
Flag Day, This Mexican national holiday
honors the Mexican flag.
: : MARCH
Carnaval is an official Mexican holiday
that kicks off a five-day celebration of the libido before the Catholic
The Birthday of Benito Juárez, a famous Mexican president
and national hero.
: : APRIL
Semana Santa (Mexican
Semana Santa is the holy week that
ends the 40-day Lent period. This week includes Good Friday and
Easter Sunday. It is Mexican custom to break confetti-filled eggs
over the heads of friends and family.
: : MAY
Primero de Mayo is the Mexican national
holiday that is equivalent to the U.S. Labor Day.
May 5 Cinco
de Mayo is the Mexican national holiday that honors the Mexican
victory over the French army at Puebla de los Angeles in 1862. (big
Mother's Day, Due to the importance
of the mother in Mexican culture, Mother's Day is a very important
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: : AUGUST: :
No summer holidays
except your own - come relax on the beaches of Matamoros
: : SEPTEMBER
Annual State of the Union, Though
this date is an approximation, the President delivers the address
in the autumn.
Mexican Independence Day celebrates the day that Miguel Hidalgo
delivered El Grito de Dolores, and announced the Mexican revolt
against Spanish rule. (big party holiday)
: : OCTOBER
Día de la Raza, This day celebrates
Columbus' arrival to the Americas, and the historical origins of
the Mexican race.
: : NOVEMBER
Día de los Muertos is an important
Mexican holiday that merges Pre-Columbian beliefs and modern Catholocism.
Aztec worship of the dead contribute to these two days that honor
Mexican Revolution Day, This official
Mexican holiday celebrates the Mex-Revolution of 1910.
: : DECEMBER
Día de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, or the day of
the Virgin of Guadalupe is celebrated with a feast honoring Mexico's
Las Posadas celebrates Joseph and
Mary's search for shelter in Bethlehem with candlelight processions
that end at various nativity scenes.
Navidad, Mexico's Christmas day