Public Holidays

Public holidays in Mexico

Most Mexican holidays are Christian, though they are a little more economical than elsewhere. Whitsunt does not take place at all (as is rare outside Europe, anyway), and Christmas and Easter are each limited to one day.

But there are some valuable historical days on the Mexican calendar. The best known, although not a non-working holiday, is the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus. Benito Juárez García was President of Mexico from 1861-1872 and is considered the country's greatest reformer. Today his birthday finds a firm place on March 21.

But Mexico is also the land of the fiestas. Festivities are typically celebrated extensively and with an emphasis on culture. In addition to national holidays, almost every city and village has its own regional holiday, which in most cases is based on a local patron saint.

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Non-floating holidays

Non-statutory holidays are written in gray.

Jan. 1stNew Year's Day
Jan. 6thEpiphany
Feb. 24thDay of the Flag
March 21stBirthday of Benito Juárez
April 30thChildren's Day
May 1stLabor Day
May 5thDay of May 5, Battle of Puebla
Aug. 15thAssumption Day
Sept. 1stGovernmental declaration
Sept. 16thIndependence Day
Oct. 12thDiscovery of America by Christopher Columbus 1492
Nov. 1stDay of the Dead
Nov. 2ndAll Souls' Day
Nov. 20thDay of the Revolution
Dec. 12thDay of the Virgin of Guadalupe
Dec. 24thChristmas Eve
Dec. 25thChristmas Day
Dec. 26thBoxing Day
Dec. 31stNew Year's Eve

Moving Holidays in Mexico

Constitution DayFeb. 6thFeb. 5thFeb. 3rdFeb. 2ndFeb. 8th
Palm SundayApril 2ndMarch 24thApril 13thMarch 29thMarch 21st
Maundy Thursday (regional only)April 6thMarch 28thApril 17thApril 2ndMarch 25th
Good Friday (regional only)April 7thMarch 29thApril 18thApril 3rdMarch 26th
Easter SundayApril 9thMarch 31stApril 20thApril 5thMarch 28th
Mother's DayMay 14thMay 12thMay 11thMay 10thMay 9th
Ascension of ChristMay 18thMay 9thMay 29thMay 14thMay 6th
Corpus ChristiJune 8thMay 30thJune 19thJune 4thMay 27th
Father's DayJune 11thJune 9thJune 8thJune 14thJune 13th

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