Mexico Holidays - National
- January 1st - Año Nuevo - New Year's Day
- February 5th - Día de la Constitución - Constitution Day
- February 24th - Día de la Bandera - Flag Day
- March 21st - Día de Nacimiento de Benito Juárez - Birthday of Benito Juárez
- May 1st - Día del Trabajo - Labor Day
- May 5th - Cinco de Mayo – Celebrates Mexico's defeat of the French in 1862.
- May 10th - Día de la Madre - Mother's Day
- September 16th - Día de la Independencia – Mexico's independence of Spain.
- October 12th - Día de la Raza – 'Day of the Race' commemorates Columbus' discovery of Mexico and its people.
- November 1st - Informe Presidencial – Marks the President's nation address to the legislature and coincides with the Catholic 'Día de Todos Santos' or All Saints' Day.
- November 20th - Día de la Revolución - Revolution Day - Honors the Mexican Revolution of 1910.
- December 25th - Día de Navidad - Christmas Day
Although these aren't official holidays, Mexico also celebrates the following festivals:
- Carnival (late February/early March) – Typically held the week before Ash Wednesday to mark the beginning of Lent, and similar to Mardi Gras in other countries.
- Semana Santa (March/April) – the 'Holy Week' before Easter begins on Palm Sunday and ends on Easter. Millions of Mexicans take a family holiday during this period and many stores and restaurants are closed.
- Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead (November 2nd) - Souls of the departed are believed to return to earth and families visit graveyards to decorate and celebrate their loved ones past.
- Día de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe (December 12th) - honors Our Lady of Guadalupe is Mexico's national patroness.
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