I have always to visit Mexico and experience their colourful festivals. I was exposed to them through some animated movies like Coco and The Book of Life. Both of these movies showcase one of the many cultural festivals in Mexico, Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead).
Mexico is known for their food and drink culture. Apart from that, it is also known for Mayan temples, mariachi bands, beach destinations and more. We will be looking at the cultural festivals celebrated by the people of Mexico through vibrant and exciting activities!
Día de los Muertos
Though the name of the festival translates to the Day of the Dead, Día de los Muertos is a celebration of life. Falling on November 1st and 2nd, this festival is celebrated all over Latin America. November 1st is actually dedicated to children, called the Day of the Innocent.
November 2nd, on the other hand, is dedicated to those who have passed on. On this special festival, graves are decorated with flowers. Families of those who have passed on would prepare meals and come together to remember their loved ones.
Apart from that, people would also put on funky make up and costumes, hold parade and sing and dance while making offerings to those they love.
Cinco de Mayo
Mexico and the United States both celebrate this next festival. Cinco de Mayo celebrates a past milestone. Falling on May 5th, this festival marks the date of victory of Mexico over France in the Battle of Puebla.
People would dress up in colourful costumes and the festival and events will be held over a week. Though it is a minor holiday in Mexico, Cinco de Mayo celebrations has evolved into a celebration of the Mexican culture and heritage.
Held at the streets of Oaxaca, Mexico, the Guelaguetza Festival displays a spectacular vision of art, dance, and music. As, a result, this festival is such a wonderful cultural experience, especially among tourists.
The festival predates the arrival of the Spanish significantly, proving its historical and cultural importance for the large population of the Oaxaca state.
The festival is modernised and changed as time goes by. Despite that, vibrant colours and performances are still showcased during Guelaguetza Festival.
Festival de Mexico
Festival de Mexico is celebrated in the month of March as it brings a treat for lovers of the arts. More that 50 venues would showcase performances like dance, music, opera, and theatre. This festival brings life to Mexico while welcoming talents and art enthusiasts as audiences.
This festival is normally held downtown and lasts about two weeks. Today, the festival is considered the most significant artistic-cultural festival in the country.
If only I was given the chance to visit Mexico, I would not miss the chance to experience these wonderful festivals. Due to the current pandemic, chances of travelling overseas are pretty low. However, we can always include this in our travel bucket list. Share this with your friends and family and start planning your visit to Mexico – after the pandemic of course!