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Events and festivals in Mexico
Popular festivals in Mexico are directly related to the country's cultural wealth. The United Mexican States is eleventh worldwide in terms of population. Its rich millenarian culture, together with its linguistic diversity, give it a unique and exceptional character.
Festivals in Mexico have, mostly, something to do with indigenous traditions, but also with Christian customs. In one way or another, Mexicans have a very varied calendar of events.
January - Epiphany
In January the Day of the Epiphany is celebrated in Mexico, which coincides with the arrival of the Magi on 6th January. As in Catholic countries, this celebration is accompanied by the Roscón de Reyes, and gifts for the little ones.
February - Candelaria festival
One of the popular festivals in Mexico which takes place during the month of February is the Candelaria festival. Every 2nd February, families gather for tamales and bring a little Jesus Christ figurine to the church for their blessing.
Also during the month of February, a non-religious festival takes place: the Carnival of Veracruz. Dating back to the seventeenth century, it is one of the most famous in South America after Rio de Janeiro.
March - Anniversary of Benito Juárez
Another important event in Mexico is the Anniversary of Benito Juárez, which is celebrated on 21st March. This Mexican holiday is one of the most important in the country, because it is celebrated in honour of the birth of Benemérito de las Américas.
Abril - Holy Week and San Marcos Fair
During the month of April, Mexicans celebrate Holy Week, as do other Catholic countries around the world. Religious processions take place, and people go to church to pray and take mass.
Also in April, the San Marcos Fair takes place, considered one of the most important fairs in the country. With an age of more than 180 years, this famous bullfighting fair hosts the largest cattle exhibition in all of Latin America.
May - Battle of Puebla
In May, one of the popular festivals in Mexico is celebrated commemorating its struggle for independence. In particular, it is the Anniversary of the Battle of Puebla, when the French were expelled from Mexican territory.
June - Feast of San Juan Bautista
On 24th June, among the festivals of Mexico, the Feast of San Juan Bautista is celebrated. In the parish of Coyoacán, the faithful prepare a special altar for the celebration of different masses throughout the day.
July - Guelaguetza
Among the festivals of Mexico with a traditional character, we can attend the Guelaguetza in July. This festival, celebrated in Oaxaca, is a meeting of traditional dances, where the music and the typical cuisine of the country are the protagonists.
August - Lagos de Moreno Fair
In August different popular festivals of Mexico take place throughout the country. Beginning with the harvest festivals, which take place between 14th July and 15th September in different regions, we can continue with the Lagos de Moreno Fair at the beginning of August.
Other events in Mexico which are celebrated during this month are the Zacatecas Festival and the International Marimba and Flowers Fair. The Potosina National Fair, or the Medieval Festival of Fireflies, are other festivals which you can visit if you travel to Mexico in August.
Septiembre - Fiestas Patrias
The Fiestas Patrias are celebrated on 15th and 16th September throughout Mexico. But is doesn't stop there, because September is a month full of popular festivals and events for Mexicans.
The Tequila and Mariachi Festival and the Marquesada Festival take place at the end of the month in Ciudad Juárez and Guanajuato respectively. But if you want to experience one of the oldest Mexican festivals, don't miss the Huey Atlixcáyotl Festival in Puebla.
October - National Festival of Coffee and Huipil
During the month of October, if you are in Jalisco, you can attend the most important cultural festival in the country. Throughout the month, different events are held in different locations: dance, painting and music are the protagonists.
The National Festival of Coffee and Huipil is one of the popular festivals in Mexico which is worth visiting. Likewise, the International Mayan Culture Festival in Mérida and the Yucatán takes place in October.
November - Calaveras Festival and the All Saints Fair
And we come to November, when one of the most popular festivals in Mexico internationally is celebrated: the Calaveras Festival and the All Saints Fair. The Day of the Dead celebrations have a special place in the hearts of the Mexican people. The celebration of Oaxaca is perhaps one of the most important in the country.
December - Christmas Eve
In addition to celebrating Christmas Eve, Mexicans also celebrate other typical Mexican festivals, such as the Piñata Fair, or the Pastorelas. The devotion to the Virgin of Guadalupe, also has its special day on 12th December, when thousands of believers take the virgin on procession.
But if that were not enough, Mexico's popular festivities include more traditional events such as La Pelota Purépecha, the Dance of the Voladores, or the traditional Fiesta de los Quince años. Mexico offers all this and more, a country full of flavour, tradition and above all joy and colour.GO TO EVENTS
Food in Mexico
The intense flavours, quality and variety of what to eat in Mexico is proof of its worldwide fame. The millions of tourists who visit the country each year take with them a pleasant memory of Mexican cuisine.
We all know the most famous Mexican dishes such as enchiladas, tacos, fajitas, or burritos. However, the variety of dishes to eat in Mexico is much more extensive. Take note of all the dishes you can taste and discover in this beautiful Central American country.
This dish of Mexican cuisine, is similar to tacos, but it differs by carrying a lot of cheese and being much more spicy. Depending on the region, you will find different ways to prepare them, but they are mainly baked in the oven.
To make the authentic Mexican fajitas meat is prepared in tomato sauce, which is rolled in a corn or wheat tortilla. It is accompanied by hot sauce, and they are undoubtedly the undisputed protagonists of Mexican food.
Similar to the two typical dishes of Mexico which we have named above, burritos are filled with roast beef and vegetables. They are also served in a corn tortilla, and refried beans are added.
A typical dish to eat in Mexico are tacos: corn pancakes stuffed with meat, red, yellow and green chilis, with onion and tomato. The meat can be chicken or beef, and without a doubt, it is one of the most typical internationally-known dishes of Mexico.
It's not just corn tortillas, in Mexico soup is also eaten as a main course. The Pozole, in fact, is a soup of chicken or pork, whose main ingredient is corn of cacahuazintle. There are white, red and green varieties, depending on the region, and it is one of the most peculiar dishes to eat in Mexico.
Although they are traditional throughout Latin America, Mexican empanadas are differentiated by their different varieties. Depending on the region, you can try fish and seafood empanadas, potatoes, meat, and sweet empanadas.
This dish from Mexico, we know in the rest of the world as nachos. They are corn or wheat tortillas of a triangular shape, which are served fried with plenty of cheese. They have jalapeños, and different varieties of hot pepper, along with chopped tomato and green pepper.
As its name suggests, the main ingredient of this dish which you can eat in Mexico is queso - cheese. The quesadillas are prepared on the grill: on a corn or wheat tortilla various ingredients and a lot of cheese are placed, and covered with another pancake, so that they remain as a wrap.
To prepare this dish of Mexican food, shrimp from the Sinaloa region are used, cucumbers, coriander, chopped chilis, lemon juice, onion, salt and pepper. The shrimp are very tasty cooked in this sauce, which is seasoned with maggi juice.
Huarache is one of the least-known Mexican dishes, whose name comes from its shape, reminiscent of the typical sandals of Mexican Indians. For its preparation chicken, beans, fresh cheese, lettuce, and several types of sauce are used.
Banderillas are breaded sausage skewers fried in oil. They are served with plenty of hot sauce, and are usually eaten as an appetiser. At the fast food street stalls you can try this typical Mexican dish.
What we know as sandwiches, in Mexico are called tortas. The peculiarity is that they are served cold or hot and they have all kinds of sauces, chilis and guacamole, as well as a great variety of ingredients.
If you like fried eggs, this is one of the dishes to eat in Mexico which you cannot miss. They are served accompanied by two fried corn pancakes, with ratatouille, hot pepper and coriander. Sometimes rice or beans are added to the plate.
Following the typical dishes of Mexico, tamales can be steamed or baked. To prepare this dish, a chicken and pork stew is made, which is wrapped in a mass of corn to cook it. Its presentation is a kind of small package wrapped in raffia ribbon, stuffed with the tasty stew.
Mexico's food also includes an excellent quality of cheeses. You can discover Oaxacan cheese or string cheese, which is a semi-hard white type that is used for melting. Panela cheese is another type of cheese which is very popular in the country. Its appearance resembles ricotta or feta cheese, and is used to accompany tacos, burritos, salads or chilis.
In addition to the previous main dishes, you would need many days of travel to try the enormous variety of chilis and Mexican sauces. All this without forgetting the desserts, such as the Coconut Kisses, the Muéganos, the guava candy, or its famous Tequilas and Mezcales.
Mexico offers you one of the most intense trips, not only in terms of natural beauty and landscape, but also in terms of flavours. Every dish of the Mexican cuisine will leave an unforgettable memory of your visit to the country.GO TO GASTRONOMY
Shopping in Mexico
The wide variety and quality of the crafts make this product one of the things par excellence to buy in Mexico. In this Caribbean country, you will find textiles, ceramics, wooden objects, precious stones and silver jewellery, among many others. Both to give as a gift and to take back to remember your journey, Mexico offers you endless souvenirs.
There are many typical Mexican products which you will want to fill your suitcase with, so make room and pay attention to the ones we recommend below.
Surely you already know the famous Mexican hammocks, but what you did not know is that the city of Merida is the ideal place to buy them. Its bright colours and the quality of the fabrics make this product the star souvenir of the country.
The craftsmanship of the Wixárica community of central Mexico will impress you. Tapestries, clothing, shoes, jewellery and all kinds of accessories with intricate designs and bright colours are the perfect gift to buy in Mexico.
Jewellery from Oaxaca
Oaxacan artisans make typical handmade jewellery which you will see women wearing. Necklaces, bracelets, earrings and all kinds of excellent-quality jewellery are waiting for you.
But if you want to take home the best silverware crafts, Taxco is the town where you have to go. Of all the jewellery that you can buy in Mexico, in this magical town, artisans work silver in an incomparable way.
One of the typical products of Mexico which every traveller takes back with them is this colourful figure carved in wood. The alebrijes are figures of animals, made by hand and painted with bright colours. The figures are carved with the branches of the copal, and they carry with them many hours of meticulous work which result in a spectacular finish.
Of all the souvenirs of Mexico, sombreros are the most typical and best-known around the world. So much so, that this type of hat has been declared an Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.
Black clay crafts
In San Bartolomé de Coyotepec this craft is made in a completely handmade way. For this they use traditional techniques, such as drying in the sun and underground ovens. Undoubtedly, one of the most authentic products of Mexico which you take back as a souvenir.
White clay pottery
In this case, we go to Amatenango del Valle to see how the potters mould their bowls and pots with delicate precision. In addition to kitchen utensils, you can also take as souvenirs of Mexico mud animals, or various ornaments.
Green clay pottery
In Santa María de Atzompa, this technique is used to shape pots, vases, pitchers, vases, crockery and even toys. The clay is cooked in a traditional way and to give it its distinctive green colour, a material called green greta is added.
The embroidery of Yucatan
Within all the variety of objects to buy in Mexico, the embroidery of Yucatan is essential. The traditional techniques of spinning result in blankets, toques, rugs and huipiles of great aesthetic value.
Wood is another of the products used by Mexican artisans to create sculptures and figures. In San Juan de Chamula and Chiapa de Corzo, there are the best craftsmen of wood. You can take beautiful figurines of animals or religious figures beautifully carved and painted as a Mexican souvenir.
Palm is an element which is used mostly in the Mixteca region to manufacture hats, mats, purses and a host of items. As a gift for your family or as a souvenir of travel, these crafts are another of the things to buy in Mexico.
One of the typical products of Mexico which you can take home are the huipiles, the traditional dresses of the women of the Yucatan. They are long and very comfortable dresses, which can be white with embroidery, or with more modern designs in bright colours.
Talaveras are pieces of clay with a vitreous finish of varied colours. If you want to find variety and quality, visit the city of Puebla, where you can buy cups, vases, dishes, and all kinds of ideal pieces as souvenirs of Mexico.
In addition to crafts, there are even more things to buy in Mexico, such as: tequila and mezcal, vanilla pods of supreme quality, hot sauce, traditional coconut and walnut sweets, or coffee. In case you didn't know, Mexico has become a world power in the production and export of organic coffee.
You can buy all this and more in Mexico, a country which offers you not only the best beaches in the world, but a rich and ancestral culture which is felt through its crafts and typical products.GO TO SHOPPING
Mexico tourist attractions
More information about Mexico
A huge country, located in the southern part of North America, Mexico ignites the imagination with images of Mariachi bands, idyllic beaches and mysterious Mayan Ruins, such as those of Chichen Itza, Tulum and Palenque. Mexico shares borders with the United States, Belize and Guatemala, and has coastlines on the Pacific Ocean, the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico, ensuring a fantastic mix of beach resorts, one of the country’s premier attractions. With a population numbering more than 120 million inhabitants, Mexico is a notoriously populous country and in fact the world’s largest Spanish-speaking nation.
The country is also home to one of the largest cities in the world, the sprawling metropolis of Mexico City, a high-altitude capital known for its 13th-century Aztec Templo Mayor and the baroque Catedral Metropolitana de México. Many package holidays to Mexico begin in this monumental city, although another must-see urban centre is the city of Guadalajara, which has a distinctly traditional Mexican atmosphere, and is known for its production of tequila. With a world-renowned cuisine, fantastic arts scene, modern cities, amazing archaeological sites and unspoiled beaches, especially along the Yucatan Peninsula, it is no wonder that holidays to Mexico are becoming increasingly popular.
History of Mexico
As one of the five cradles of civilisation, Mexico is perhaps most famous for the significance of its ancient communities and advanced Mesoamerican civilisations such as the Maya, Aztec and Teotihuacan. The Teotihuacan’s were among the first of Mexico’s major ancient civilisations, who began building their impressive capital near modern-day Mexico City in around 100 BC.
Without a doubt, the country’s most famous civilisation was the Mayans, who thrived between 250 and 900 AD, when they built elaborate cities, invented a calendar system and produced written languages. A tour of Mexico often includes the well-preserved ruins of the cities and temples built in this historic era. This civilisation is remembered for its pyramid temples and complex religious practices and their empire was centred in one geographical area covering all of the Yucatan Peninsula, modern-day Guatemala, Belize and parts of the Mexican states of Tabasco and Chiapas, as well as the western part of Honduras and El Salvador.
The size and organised nature of the civilisation ensured that it was relatively secure and was able to flourish for an impressively long period of time. Sadly, the Maya empire collapsed around the 10th century, possibly due to overpopulation and exhaustion of natural resources, shortly followed by the rise of the the later Aztec civilisation. The turning point for the history of Mexico came in the early 16th-century, with the arrival of Spanish Conquistadors, who colonised and took over a large proportion of the Aztec empire, with much of the indigenous population facing devastation from the onslaught of European diseases.
Following on from the conquistadors, missionaries arrived later in the century and converted many of the indigenous to Catholicism, marking a move away from the ancient religions and practices of Mexico’s great civilisations. The country was renamed ‘New Spain’ by the colonists and acted as an important base for further Spanish exploration in the Americas. During the following centuries, modern Mexican culture developed, especially in the areas of architecture, traditions and identity. By the early 20th-century, the Mexican people were tired of the inequality that plagued their country and a 10-year revolution, between 1910 and 1920, resulted in a number of social reforms and eventually in the re-establishment of communal farming practices, an important part of Mexican heritage.
Today, it is clear that the struggles faced by the Mexican people have fostered a strong sense of national identity and a huge amount of pride in the people for their ancient roots. A multi-centre holiday to Mexico is the most popular way to experience the different sides of life in the country, and the history which has shaped it.
Nature in Mexico
If Mexico’s fascinating history is not appealing enough, then its abundant nature and biodiversity is sure to impress you. In fact, Mexico is one of just 17 ‘Megadiverse’ countries in the world and the natural wealth of its wildlife and ecosystems are one of the major attractions for visitors on a holiday to Mexico. An amazing 707 reptile, 438 mammals and 26,000 plant species can be found in the country and the 34 biosphere reserves and 67 national parks serve to protect and support these impressive populations in the 4th most biodiverse country in the world. Native species include spider monkeys, vaquita porpoise sea cows, an endangered species found in the Gulf of California, ocelots, the rare Quetzal bird and the Mexican grey wolf.
Mexico is home to environments ranging from mountains to rainforests, volcanoes, deserts, reefs and mystical cenotes, and each environment has its own unique activities, wildlife and attractions to enjoy. From whale-watching on the Yucatan Peninsula to marvelling at swarms of Monarch butterflies in the Rosario Sanctuary of Anganguero and wildlife spotting in the Lacandona Jungle, Mexico’s natural abundance can be experienced in any number of ways. Admiring the Copper Canyon and its unique geological formations in Chihuahua, enjoying a boat ride on Lake Chapala, the largest freshwater lake in the country and visiting the petrified waterfalls of Oaxaca’s Hierve el Agua or the firefly forests of Tlaxcala are just some of the most unmissable experiences on a tour of Mexico.
Culture in Mexico
The three colours of Mexico’s flag hold important messages about Mexican identity; green represents the hope and victory of the people, white represents the purity of the country’s ideals and red represents the bloodshed of the nation's heroes, who fought for the freedom of their country.
Mexican culture is much loved around the world and known for its lively traditions and exciting music scene. Religion plays a big role in the lives of everyday people, especially Christianity, and there are a number of important Mexican saints, whilst traditional festivals, such as the Day of the Dead have ignited the imaginations of millions worldwide. On the Day of the Dead, a celebration held annually on the 2nd November, families gather together to remember their deceased relatives and to help their loved ones in their spiritual journey.
Households often decorate an altarpiece with offerings and photos of their passed relatives. The blend of both indigenous and Spanish influences has resulted in a rich gastronomic tradition and a wealth of folk arts and crafts, characterised by colourful embroidery, pottery and woven baskets and rugs. Mexico is also well known for producing a number of world-renowned artists, such as Frida Kahlo, known for her iconic self-portraits and surrealist modern art, and her husband Diego Riviera, famed for his murals and depictions of life in Mexico.
A package tour to Mexico will open your eyes to the rich culture, amazing biodiversity and fascinating history of this huge country as you walk through atmospheric temple ruins, swim in the turquoise waters of the many mystic cenotes or taste Tequila in its place of origin. After the excitement of visiting the country’s sights and attractions, relaxing on the tranquil beaches of the Riviera Maya whilst listening to the rhythms of the Mariachi band is the perfect way to unwind.
What to know before travelling to Mexico
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No visa is required. Departure tax from Cancun is 1000 pesos (around 55$).
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