Discover the five traditional festivals in the country

Every typical party in the country shows us a little more about Mexican culture, with lots of dancing, music, food and colors

In addition to the gastronomy and beautiful beaches, the Mexico it is also a reference when we talk about celebrations, with a fusion of traditions and customs, as the Mexicans are influenced by pre-Colombian peoples, such as the Mayans and Aztecs, in addition to the Spaniards after colonization. For them, everything is a reason to celebrate, which makes the Mexican people one of the happiest people in the world.

Discover five traditional festivals in the country below. But, first, know that when embarking to Mexico, you need to prepare your pocket, as searches for this destination increase during the period of these events and, consequently, increase tourism prices.

Five popular festivals in Mexico

Carnival

Yes, carnival is not exclusive to Brazil. In Mexico and other countries, it is also possible to enjoy this party that we Brazilians love so much. However, in the land of guacamole it is not considered a holiday, as it is not celebrated throughout the country, but only in some regions, such as Veracruz, Mazatlán, Acapulco, Manzanillo, Mérida, Campeche and Villahermosa. The Veracruz carnival is one of the most famous celebrations in the country, attracting many tourists every year.

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Carnival in Mexico. | Photo: Reproduction/Tourist’s Life.

The celebration takes place in February and, just like in Brazil, the event is marked by lots of color, music, typical dances and parades with masks, costumes and bands – always remembering Mexican culture.

Carnival begins with the traditional “burning of bad mood”, in which a moody character is burned so that revelers can forget about the evils that cause discord in society. Generally, the chosen character is known. In 2017, for example, the representation of the wall that former US President Donald Trump created on the border between the two countries was burned.

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Burnt wall to start the Veracruz carnival. | Photo: Reproduction/G1/Reuters.

The Cry of Independence (El Grito)

It is considered one of the most important celebrations in the country. Every September 15th, Mexicans gather in squares and streets to hold the Cry of Independence ceremony, in which an official – mayor, ambassador, president – ​​calls out a cry of “Viva!” and everyone celebrates.

The party usually starts a month before the date, with balls, music, fireworks, typical cuisine and, of course, lots of green, white and red (colors of the country’s flag).

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Celebration of ‘El cry’. | Photo: Reproduction/Travel Routes.

Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe (La Vírgen de Guadalupe – patroness of Mexico)

The national celebration is celebrated on December 12, when the first apparition of the Saint was recorded in 1531. Our Lady of Guadalupe is the patron saint of Mexico and, every year, attracts many faithful to the Basilica of Guadulpe, in the City of Mexico, to greet you. The celebrations usually start the night before, 11, with las Mananitas – the famous “Happy Birthday to you”.

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Procession to the patron saint of Mexico. | Photo: Reproduction.

As it is a national holiday, the manifestations of processions, traditional representations, food and religious rites take place all over the country.

Guelaguetza Feast

Also known as Los Lunes del Cerro, takes place at the end of July, in the state of Oaxaca, with various folklore groups from eight regions of the state (Los Valles Centraes, La Sierra Juárez, La Cañada, Papaloapna, La Mixteca, A Costa, La Sierra Sur and Isthmus of Tehuantepec) who come together to present their dances, music, clothes and traditions. In addition, typical dishes and handicrafts are presented to tourists.

The event precedes the arrival of the Spaniards, proving the historical and cultural importance of the indigenous population. The name Guelaguetza is of Zapoteco origin and means “reciprocal exchange of gifts and services”.

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Feast of Guelaguetza. | Photo: Reproduction.

Los Muertos Day

And finally, the Día de Los Muertos, which is very well portrayed in the film Viva – Life is a party, from Pixar. The celebrations begin in late October and run until early November, the 2nd, which, according to Mexican belief, on that day, the dead have divine permission to visit relatives and friends. They celebrate life and death.

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Film Viva – life is a party. | Photo : Reproduction.

With this, Mexicans decorate their homes with flower altars, candles, photos, salt (representing purification) and food, usually the favorite dish of those who have gone. On the streets, there are a few stops with people dressed in skulls, always with striking costumes and makeup.

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Typical altar for los muertos. | Photo: Reproduction.

In addition to Mexican skulls all over the country, sweet skulls (sweet calaves), made of sugar, hot water and lemon, are very famous, because according to tradition, whoever offers a sweet skull guarantees his place in paradise.

So, do you already know which popular festival in Mexico you’ll want to attend?