Get Ready for May Days In Mexico

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May is one of the busier holiday months of the year in Mexico, with a mountain of special days to consider if you either work or study here. Please take into account these dates before making any major plans. Labor Day falls this year on Monday so on a Wednesday or 5 de Mayo falling on a Sunday.

Monday, May 1st – Labor Day

This is a national holiday in Mexico. Banks will be closed. Most government offices are closed. This will be a long weekend in Mexico so many people will be travelling and on the beaches.

Wednesday, May 3rd – Day of the Holy Cross

Construction workers decorate crosses with flowers and mount them on buildings under construction.

Friday, May 5th – Cinco de Mayo

It seems 5 de Mayo has become a bigger holiday in the US than here in Mexico. It commemorates the battle in Puebla of 1862 in which the Mexican army defeated the French.

Wednesday, May 10th – Mother’s Day

This holiday is HUGE here in Mexico. Mothers Day is celebrated on the fixed day of May 10th in Mexico as opposed to Mothers Day in US/Canada that falls on the second Sunday of May. In Mexico, May 10th is celebrated with children giving their Moms flowers and other gifts to honor them. Families usually attend special mass at church that are organized for the day and afterwards, head to Mom’s favorite restaurant for lunch or dinner. Schools often celebrate the 10th with Mothers Day festivals and organize dances or plays to celebrate Mom. Moms usually get the day off of work as well.

Monday, May 15 – Teacher’s Day

Teachers usually get the day off of school and celebrate with a breakfast date with fellow teachers. Classes are usually cancelled.

April 30th – Children’s Day

My kids also wanted me to let you folks know that April 30th in Mexico is also a very important date. El Dia del Niño or Children’s Day is celebrated on this day and it really is something special for children 12 and under. The main focus is on the kids and making them feel special.

Children’s Day is recognized on various days in many places around the world, to honor children globally. In Mexico, Children’s Day is always filled with activities, and children look forward to a holiday all their own with fun, gifts and special events.

Many schools celebrate the day and parents are invited. Of course, there are usually no classes on Children’s Day itself, even though it is not an official holiday in the school calendar.

Enjoy the extremely busy first half of May!





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