5 Must See Traditional Mexican Festivals

Mexicans know how to express the joy of living.  Beautiful spices, delicious hand-rolled burritos, and a long steeped history of traditions and cultures that celebrate the family and life, make up the colour and verve of the traditional Mexican festival. Mexican festivals are riotous events of pure fun. There are festivals all year round in Mexico, go online and check it out to find your favourite one.


source: wikipedia

source: wikipedia

Cinco de Mayo

This Mexican holiday falls on the 5th of May to commemorate the victory of 1862, when the heavily outnumbered Mexican soldiers preserved the democratically elected government against the invading French. The holiday is celebrated in both Mexico and the United States, particularly in areas with a large Mexican-American population.  It is a celebration of independence, liberty and freedom.  The victory remains a great source of national pride. The event is marked with street parades, mariachi music performances and festivals in the streets.

El Grito de Independencia – Independence Day

On the 16th of September every year the Mexicans really go to town to celebrate their independence from Spanish rule. The atmosphere is one of triumph and celebration. Back in 1810, Father Hidalgo and a group of fellow conspirators rang the bell of his small church to herald everyone into the fight for liberty. This bell ringing is re-enacted in every plaza all over Mexico. Flags can be seen waving from every structure and lighted decorations fill the streets. Independence Day is Mexico’s biggest fiesta and everyone, from the youngest to the most aged, joins in the celebrations.

Los Dias de Los Muertos

Los Dias de Los Muertos

This translates into the Day of the Dead, but Los Dias de Los Muertos is a Mexican celebration of life as well as death. It is held on November 1st and 2nd and is the time when Mexicans can honour the spirits of their ancestors. Spirits of children are thought to return at this time. Colourful altars are constructed and laden with food and decorations. Cemeteries are covered with fresh flowers and paper mache sculptures depicting the dead are made and paraded. Through enjoying music and feasting the Mexicans embrace the totality of life and death.

Las Posadas

Las Posados celebrates the journey taken by Joseph and Mary as they searched for a place to rest in Bethlehem. It is held over 9 nights and starts on December 16th. Candlelight processions give reverence to the long journey of Joseph and Mary. Processions are led by a man and woman playing the parts of Joseph and Mary. The 3 kings and the shepherds are also in attendance, followed by beautiful children dressed as angels. Others carry candles, paper lanterns and banners. This truly is a beautiful festival. There are festive parties held everywhere and the event culminates in a grand party where food is served.

Son Jarocho Music Festival

This is a music festival that celebrates the Virgin Mary. Held in early February, a stunning image of the Virgin is floated down the river. This is followed by 3 days of traditional Veracruz style music and dancing.

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  1. Amber says

    I love to learn about different cultures. I took a Cultural Anthropology course last semester and now I am taking Spanish, so I am learning a lot about the various Hispanic cultures. Excellent post, thanks!

    Have a fabulous day!
    My Personal Accent

  2. Sumbul Aslam says

    Very Interesting ..I am always very keen to learn about the cultures and Festivals of different nations. Mexican Food ,mexican culture and their dances always impressed me.Thanks for this beautiful insight in Mexican Traditional Festivals.

  3. Maria Iemma says

    My girlfriend is from Mexico and on Halloween she celebrates El Dia de los Muertos and I joined her and her family and brought a picture of my dead deceased husband. I was surprised that it was not sad, just a remembrance of their lives.

  4. Andrea Byrne says

    I love the hispanic holidays, they are so much about culture and family. I’m born raised american, where traditions and heritage are not as strong.

  5. Erin K. says

    The Mexican culture is so wonderful…so vibrant and joyful. I wish we had more traditions here in the States. I have never been to Mexico but I plan to go when my kids are a little older. Loved this post!

  6. heidi eaton says

    I never knew the reason for cinco de meyo, I heard about it all the time just never knew. It’s interesting to find out about other cultures

  7. Joyce Raymond says

    Thank you for the run-down on Mexican Fiestas. I knew of Cinco De Mayo and The Day of the Death (which makes me feel icky). Still I find the masks and face paintings really grip my imagination. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

  8. Mary Mosier says

    Love this post. I would love to see one of these marvelous festivals, living in kentucky, we don’t have anything like this around here .

  9. Rebekka S says

    I loved this article, so interesting and brings back memories of my childhood, when we would do some of these celebrations.

  10. Jen Rodrigues says

    Wow Mexican heritage is so interesting. Of course everyone knows cinco de mayo. Mexican festivals remind me of my portuguese ones. The food, the dancing, culture, people dresses up from older times. Thanks for sharing this.

  11. Marina says

    Wow! This is really interesting. It is fun to see how different our holidays are even sharing the same language, I guess that a whole ocean helps to keep them different hehe (i’m Spanish, by the way)

  12. Heather says

    these are gorgeous – i may not be able to visit anywhere that has these events in full swing, but it’s lovely to know they exist (and give me something to look forward to when I do start traveling again!)

  13. Crinthia M says

    I love the day if the dead. I’d love to dress up and paint my face very creatively as a sugar doll. My neices are Spanish, I’d love to incorporate their culture into our families traditions.

  14. Melissa Mazzur says

    I love cultural festivals! We saw the San Sebastian festival in PR a few years ago and it really showed the real cultire!

  15. Cynthia Cover says

    I really enjoyed the info on the events, didn’t realize the Independence Day was in Sept. Love the costumes and artwork!

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