Festivals/Celebrations

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A Traditional Posada Celebration Observed Redux star
Las Posadas are the traditional 9 day celebrations commemorating the journey of Joseph and Mary from Nazareth to Bethlehem prior to the birth of Christ. This article describes one small Mexican town's reenactment of Joseph and Mary's quest for lodging and the festivities that followed.

A Safe 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara? star
Guadalajara is the host city of the XVI Pan American Games. Forty-two nations and almost 6000 athletes will be competing in this quadrennial event. It is estimated that the games may attract 1,000,000 visitors. Mexico is doing its best to ensure that this international spectacle will be safe.

Celebrating Mexico's Independence Day star
Some people are under the impression that Cinco de Mayo is the day that Mexico celebrates its independence from Spanish rule. It decidely is not! 16 de Septiembre is Mexico's two day celebration of its victorious War of Independence and is the country's most honored and observed patriotic holiday.

Celebrating Mexico's Revolution Day star
Not to be confused with 16 de Septiembre when Mexico's War of Independence is celebrated or 5 de Mayo which is barely celebrated in Mexico, the country's second most important Fiesta Patrias/Patriotic Holiday is Revolution Day which is celebrated annually on the third Monday in November.

Day of the Dead in Mexico a Yearly Joyous Reunion star
The Day of the Dead in Mexico is a festive, colorful, and decorative two day celebration in which deceased loved ones are fondly welcomed and remembered. Viewing death as a continuum of life, despite all of the sugar skulls and bread of the dead, nothing is goulish or macabre about it at all.

Feast of the Candles star
On February 2, forty days after the birth of Christ, the end of the Christmas season and the soon to be arrival of spring is celebrated during the Feast of the Candles. Partly religious and partly familial in nature, the Dia de la Candelaria is a tradition that has continued throughout the country.

Guadalajara's Accommodating 2011 Parapan Am Games star
About two weeks after hosting the XVI Pan American Games, Guadalajara will be the host city for the IV Parapan Am Games. This multi-sport event will feature about 1500 athletes with physical disabilities from 26 nations. All necessary adaptive accommodations for these athletes have been made but..

Mexican Folkloric Dances star
Perhaps the country┬┤s most representative and most popular performing art form is Mexican folkloric dancing. Known as bailes regionales, these colorful and highly stylized dance and musical performances are creative expressions of Mexico┬┤s ancient and more contemporaneous past.

Mexico's Statutory National Holidays star
Sometimes, real or imagined, it seems to me that for more than half the days of the year Mexicans are celebrating one holiday or another. However, in reality, as mandated by federal law, only the nine statutory national holidays are paid holidays, with only seven of them occuring annually.

Open-Air Christmas Markets in Mexico star
Come December, throughout Mexico, month long tianguis de Navidad/open-air Christmas markets are very common. Every year I go to the one in La Piedad, Michoacan where one can see and purchase a plethora of colorful items that are traditionally used in the creation of nacimientos/nativity scenes.

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