Mexican Events in Cancun

Mexico possesses a unique history and coupled with deep catholic values and strong family ties this gives rise to some great Mexican fiestas. Mexicans are never ones to be shy at holding a party or drinking to celebrate something.

By far the biggest celebration is Independence Day, which occurs every year on 15th September. Please see our Mexican Independence Day page for more details of this major celebration.

Below are just a few of the most popular celebrations that are locally celebrated in Cancun.

Childrens Day - Apr 30

El Día de los Niños or Childrens Day is widely observed in Mexico and Cancun. As if they don't get enough it's one more opportunity for parents to buy presents for their kids. Usually there will be some form of celebration at school and local businesses often get in on the act such as offering free kids meals. In some places there are parades where the kids dress up and march through the streets.

Cinco de Mayo - May 5th

Well, sorry to disappoint but Cinco de Mayo is just like any other regular day here in Cancun.

However, I thought I'd include an entry about it though as many people expect parties and fiestas in Cancun when that's not the case.

In fact, Cinco de Mayo is far more widely celebrated in the US than it is in Mexico.

It does, of course, have Mexican origins though. Cinco de Mayo celebrates the victory of the Mexicans over the French army at The Battle Of Puebla in 1862. In Mexico though it is only truly commemorated in the state of Puebla where the victory took place.

Day of the Dead - Nov 1st/2nd

Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead

The 1st November is to remember young people who died and the 2nd is to remember the older generation. Dates back to the Indian culture where the dead are allowed to inhabit the earth once again to enjoy the things they once did. Far from being a scary and macabre event it's a day of celebration. Cancun does not go overboard on this one, Oaxaca is famous for its large celebrations though.

In Cancun it's quite a personal thing and tends to consist of families visiting and tidying the graves of family members (you will find if you visit a cemetery that the graves will be decorated with flowers, food and toys for the little ones) and having a special dinner with candles etc. and, of course, a few drinks to commemorate a lost loved one. The food often consists of meat dishes in spicy sauces, a special egg-batter bread, cookies, chocolate, and sugary confections in a variety of animal or skull shapes.

Christmas - Dec 24th

Yes, that's correct! In Mexico, Christmas Day is celebrated on the 24th of December rather than the 25th. Although often celebrations carry on well into the 25th and sometimes the 26th too!

Three Kings Day - 6th Jan

Rosca De Reyes

Rosca de Reyes

According to St Matthew, the 6th Jan is when the three Kings arrived in Bethlehem and gave their presents to Jesus. Traditionally, this is when the Mexican Kids receive their Christmas presents.

I'm not sure how widely observed this is in the more modern society that is today's Cancun. We for one tend to stick with Christmas for our daughters present giving but hold one or two back for Three Kings Day.

It is also customary to eat a special kind of sweet fruity bread called Rosca de Reyes. The bread contains small figurines of Jesus and the person who discovers the figure in their portion is expected to hold a party on February 2nd!