Mexican Holidays

By: Alyssa G, Mya K, Danielle K

4 Most important Holidays

Cinco de Mayo- Cinco de Mayo traditions include parades, mariachi music performances and street festivals in cities and towns across Mexico and the United States. In Mexico, most of the Cinco de Mayo celebrations that take place occur in the town of Puebla (where the battle took place). There are large parades that feature people dressed up as Mexican and French soldiers.
Semana Santa- Truly one of Spain's most breathtaking celebrations, Easter is a one-of-a-kind display of tradition, music, culture, theatre and religion.
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Dia de los Muertos- Dia de los Muertos is a holiday for remembering and honoring those who have passed. It is a festive, joyous time of celebration. Day of the Dead is Mexico's most important holiday, which means they invest a lot of time and money into celebrating Dia de los Muertos, moreso than any other holiday
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Los Posadas- The beginning of the Christmas festivities is marked with Las Posadas, nine consecutive days of candlelight processions and lively parties starting December 16th.Families gather to re-enact the holy family’s quest for lodging in Bethlehem. The procession is headed by a small plaster Virgin Mary and San José. They are followed by other children portraying angels, the Three kings and pastores (shepherds). The breaking of a piñata is a rigorous part of this celebration.
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Activities during the holidays

Families usually get together and celebrate together. They eat, and have traditional dances and music along with it. Sometimes they dress in costumes. Whole city gathers at a festival and celebrate together.

Stay up either all night or most of the night. Get the day off to celebrate (either off work or school). Religion plays a big part in what you do on holiday’s also, and what holidays you do celebrate. Roads and streets are sometimes closed down due to the celebrations going on.

Mexican Special Occasions

Dia de la Candelaria - February 2nd. This day is celebrated nationally with dance, food and music as well as other local festivities to mark the passing of winter. Those who were served the plastic doll in their Three Kings Loaf (see January) will host a party on this day, serving the Mexican drink of Atole and the typical Mexican food of Tamales
October 31-November 2 Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday observed throughout Mexico and around the world in other cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died.
May 5: Cinco de mayo Celebrating Cinco de Mayo has become increasingly popular along the U.S.-Mexico border and in parts of the U.S. that have a high population of people with a Mexican heritage. In these areas the holiday is a celebration of Mexican culture, of food, music, beverage and customs unique to Mexico

Birthdays

Families, both from near and far, get together along with friends and neighbors for a day of great festivities and traditions. One tradition that is very important for Mexican culture, is the pinata. The pinata is a clay pot or figure of paper machie decorated and built to look like a particular festive object or animal. It symbolizes happiness and joy and is therefore crafted with bright colors and filled with candies, treats, and small toys. Party goers take turns trying to hit and break open the pinata in order to enjoy its spoils.

Another important tradition celebrated during birthdays in Mexico, is the tradition of food, most importantly the birthday cake. A great meal is created to honor the person’s birthday. Common foods for a birthday party are arroz con leche (Mexican rice pudding), tortillas with salsa, churros, caramel flan, and taquitos (rolled tacos). Drinks are also important, tequilas and margaritas are usually enjoyed in celebration. Our catering service can provide a delicious feast along with drinks for your family and friends to enjoy.

For birthdays in Mexico, the cake is a central part of traditions. The chanting of the song “La Mordida,” meaning the Bribe, is typically done as the individual for whom the party is for takes the first bite of the cake with their hands tied behind their back. The individual’s friends and family watches, enjoying the humor of the situation. Getting together friends and family are the most important part of birthday celebrations in Mexico, so location is a vital aspect of the celebration. Our party room would be an ideal place to house your friends and family for your next birthday celebration.

Teens at holidays

They do mostly what everyone else does, they gather with the family and eat and celebrate. Quinceanera they celebrate with friends and have a party (similar to sweet 16)
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Spanish words

Pastores which are shepards

Tamales are a Mexican food

Atole is a Mexican drink

Arroz con leche is a Mexican rice pudding

Taquitos are a rolled taco

Fiesta means Holiday

Festividades means festivies

Desfile means parade

Baile means dancing

Maquillaje means makeup

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