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Mexico Festivals

Mexico is a country of colourful celebrations with traditional dances and music, and several include a procession behind some sacred holy image or a more celebratory secular parade with beautiful fireworks. Mexico has numerous festivities, but in this guide there are listed only the most popular of Mexico with practical information.

Carnival in Mexico Carnival in Mexico
This festivity comes with vivid costumes, parades, eating and dancing; Mexico has two predominantly remarkable celebrations. Festivities in Veracruz fill the 3 days before Ash Wednesday, with wonderful floats, dancing in the plaza, and live entertainment. Mazatlán's party lasts a full week before Lent, with parades, strolling musicians, traditional dancing and crowds of people along the entire length of the malecón.

Guelaguetza Guelaguetza in Mexico
The Guelaguetza or in Spanish “Los Lunes del Cerro” (The Mondays of the Hill) is an annual cultural celebration that takes place in the city of Oaxaca, capital of the state of Oaxaca in Mexico on the last 2 Mondays in July; Oaxaca has a great show with several dance groups from communities across the state perform in the amphitheater on the hillside above the city.

Days of the Dead Days of the Dead in Mexico
The Day of the Dead is also known in Mexican culture as El Día de los Muertos, Mexicans all over the country celebrate it from Oct 31 to Nov 2; they build altars for the dead with marigolds (the flower of the dead) and oblations of food and drink; otherwise, if you want to see the most famous celebrations, you have to go the villages around Pátzcuaro and in the valley of Oaxaca; people go to the cemetery and for all-night make vigil, sing and pray for the souls of the deceased; however, during the day, markets offers crafts and special objects made just for The Day of the Dead.

Holy Week Holy Week in Mexico
In Christianity is the last week of Lent; the silver city of Taxco hosts one of the most compelling Holy Week festivity in the country, initiating the Friday before Palm Sunday with processions in the night and numerous in the day. On the nighttime of Holy Thursday, locals carrying its saints on the shoulders from the nearby area walk ahead of hooded members of a society of self-flagellating penitents. On the Saturday morning forenoon Easter the Plaza Borda is the place for the Procession of Three Falls reenacting the three times Christ stumbled and fell while he carry the cross on his shoulders.

Festival de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe Festival de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe
Our Lady of Guadalupe, known as the Virgin of Guadalupe, in Spanish: Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe or Virgen de Guadalupe, or also called "La Virgen Morena", which means "The brown-skinned Virgin". Our Lady of Guadalupe's feast day is a yearly Mexican celebration on December 12.

The Virgin of Guadalupe is a cultural icon of major importance to the Mexican identity, the basilica just outside of Mexico City displays the largest celebration and the most extraordinary crowd of fervent believers; however, the best place to appreciate the celebrations is in Puerto Vallarta, where they continue for 12 days, it is an amazing event.

Night of the Radishes Night of the Radishes in Mexico
Unique in the country, the Noche de Rábanos or Night of the Radishes is a festival celebrated in the Mexican city of Oaxaca every December 23, the day before Christmas Eve; the Oaxaqueños build unbelievable sculptures out of radishes flowers, and dried cornhusks, and then they go on exhibit on the zócalo; the city awards a reward to the best display.

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