During the year, Cancun is host to a myriad of vibrant cultural festivals and tourist themed events of all varieties. It attracts tourists from all over the world, so it’s no wonder that there are world-class events in Cancun. From the Spring Break in Cancun to the cultural tradition of colorful vestments and dresses on the Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe, this place has everything to offer the visitor. Read below the festivals and events in Cancun, Mexico.
Cancun Events and Festival
Año Nuevo or New Year’s Eve
You can expect all the wild clubs like Coco Bongos to throw the wildest and most bizarre holiday party here. New Year’s is a Mexican tradition, and like the rest of Mexico, they celebrate with a grapey tradition. Eat 12 grapes for luck. Each grape represents each month of the following year, so make sure you eat all twelve because you don’t want to have a bad month.
Dia de los Santos Reyes or Three King’s day
Like the rest of Latin America, traditionally this is a day that has more present-giving significance than Christmas. This is the day that the locals give presents, representing the gifts that the three kings brought to Jesus. It’s also a tradition to eat a cake called rosca de reyes. It has a little toy inside it.
Dia de la Candelaria or Candlemas day (Feb. 2)
This festival celebrates the end of the Christmas holiday with candle processions and dancing.
As you may have heard Carnival is a big holiday in Latin America, and here is no different. Many clubs take advantage of the namesake to throw the wildest party of the year. It’s starts the weekend before Ash Wednesday.
Just like in other Catholic regions of the world, this is the holiest week of the year with the most religious significance. Jesus was nailed to the cross, killed, and resurrected. You can see it firsthand, too, with local reenactments.
Cancun Day (April 20th)
There’s not even a Spanish translation. This consumer holiday celebrates the city in all of its touristic glory. Wild parties rave.
Cancun Jazz Festival (May)
Do you want a little taste and class thrown in the mix with the daiquiris and wild clubs? During the month of May to hear those sweet trumpet dips of Dizzy Gillespie standards played by some of the best Jazz players in the world.
Festival Internacional del Caribe Mexicano (November)
For one month, you can enjoy the Mexican food festival. You’ve never tried Mexican food quite like this. The competition makes for incredible innovations with the most delectable fusion dishes.
Dia de los Muertos (November)
Armed with candles and alcoholic beverages, the Mexican people believe this is the day that their loved ones who have passed on to the other world return for some spirits and fun. This spectacular experience shouldn’t be missed.
Mexican Revolution (November 20th)
Watch parades while sipping on the finest Mescal and Tequila to celebrate this holiday.
Fiesta de la Virgen de Guadalupe
This famous holiday doesn’t take place in Cancun, but it is one of the most famous holidays in the country. Mexicans from all over head to Mexico City to the Basilica.
Posadas or Mexican Christmas
Come during your winter holidays and you will witness those famous scenes from the birth of Jesus as the Mexicans commemorate the birth with processions and reenactments.
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