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Holidays & events calendar 2019

As you hang up your 2019 calendar, you may want to mark important Mexican civic holidays, traditional festivities and special events that will come up over the next 12 months.

Dates marked with an asterisk (*) change from one year to the next. National public holidays are highlighted in bold type. Under Federal labor laws, salaried workers are granted a day off with regular pay on all Dias de Asueto (statutory holidays). Employees who work on these dates are entitled to full daily wages plus double time for the hours worked. Government offices, schools, financial institutions and some businesses close operations on these occasions. Some may also shut down for major local celebrations.

January 1: Año Nuevo (New Year’s Day)

January 6: Día de los Santos Reyes (Three Kings Day-Epiphany) - Fiestas Patronales in Cajititlán run from December 30 through January 7

January 7-20*: Señor del Monte - Fiestas Patronales in Jocotepec

January 17: San Antonio Abad - blessing of farm animals

January 20: San Sebastián Mártir festivities in upper Ajijic

January 18-20*: Lip Sync show, Auditorio de la Ribera

January 25-27*: Festival Sangre Viva indigenous culture fair in Ajijic

February 2: Día de la Candelaria (Candlemas)

February 5: Conmemoración del Aniversario de la Constitución (Constitution Day)

February 8-24* Festival de Febrero Northern Lights Music Fest in Ajijic

February 9-10: Ajijic Society of the Arts Open Studios Art Walk

February 9-11: Nuestra Señora de Lourdes festivities in Chapala

February 14: Día del Amor y la Amistad  (Valentine’s Day)

February 14: Aniversario de la Ciudad (anniversary of the foundation of Guadalajara, 1542)

February 15-17*: 41th annual Chili Cookoff at Tobolandia, Ajijic

February 22-March 5*: Carnaval (Mardi Gras) festivities in Chapala and Ajijic

February 19: Día del Ejercito Mexicano (Mexican Army Day)

February 24: Día de la Bandera  (Flag Day)

February 23-24*: Copa Porche sailing competition - Chapala Club de Yates

March 6*: Miércoles de Ceniza (Ash Wednesday)

March 8-15*: Guadalajara International Film Festival (FICG)

March 18*: Conmemoración del Natalicio de Juárez (Birth of Benito Juárez)

March 20: Equinoccio de Primavera (Vernal Equinox) - first day of Spring

April 7*: Horario de Verano (Daylight Saving Time begins)-move clocks forward one hour

April 12*: Viernes de Dolores (Friday of Sorrows)-Virgen de Dolores altar displays

April 14*: Domingo de Ramos (Palm Sunday) - Passion Play episodes staged throughout the week in Ajijic, San Antonio Tlayacapan and Chapala

April 18*: Jueves Santo (Maundy Thursday)

April 19*: Viernes Santo (Good Friday)

April 21*: Domingo de Resurrección (Easter Sunday)

April 23: Día Internacional del Libro (World Book Day)- public reading marathons of an entire book by a world-famous author

April 30: Día del Niño (Children’s Day)

May 1-31: Festival Cultural de Mayo - music and dance programs held in Guadalajara and other Jalisco venues

May 1: Dia del Trabajo (Labor Day)

May 3: Day of the Holy Cross-Fiestas Patronales in Santa Cruz de la Soledad start April 25.

May 5: Cinco de Mayo (Commemoration of Battle of Puebla, 1862)

May 5: Señor del Guaje-festivities in Jocotepec start April 27

May 10: Día de las Madres  (Mother’s Day-Mexico)

May 15: Día del Maestro (Teacher’s Day)

May 23: Día del Estudiante (Student’s Day)

June 1: Día de la Marina Nacional (Navy Day)

June 5-13: San Antonio de Padua Fiestas Patronales in San Antonio Tlayacapan

June 16*: Día del Padre (Father’s Day)

June 21: Solsticio de Verano (Summer Solstice)-first day of Summer

June 14-24: San Juan Bautista Fiestas Patronales in San Juan Cosalá and San Juan Tecomatlán

June 29: San Pedro y San Pablo Apostoles-Fiestas Patronales & Feria in San Pedro Tlaquepaque runs June 15-30

July 8-16: Nuestra Señora del Carmen festivities in Chapala

July 17-25: Santo Santiago Fiestas Patronales in Tonalá, Nextipac in Zapopan and Ixtlahuacan de los Membrillos

August 7-15: Virgen de la Asuncion Fiestas Patronales in Mezcala

August 10-25: Festival del Lago Academy of Music and Concert series in Ajijic

August 10-11*: Feria del Membrillo (Quince Fair) - Atotonilquillo

August 22: Día del Bombero (Firefighter’s Day)

August 30-September 8*: 26th Encuentro Internacional del Mariachi y la Charrería (Guadalajara Mariachi and Charrería Fest). The Encuentro Nacional de Mariachi Tradicional runs one week prior to the main event.

August 28: Día del Adulto Mayor (Senior Citizens Day)

September 13: Día de los Niños Héroes (Heroic Defense of Chapultepec, 1847)

September 14: Día del Charro (Horseman’s Day)

September 14: Regata de Globos paper balloon exhibition in Ajijic

September 15: Grito de Dolores (Cry of Independence, 1810)

September 16: Día de la Independencia (Independence Day)

September 23: Equinoccio de Otoño (Autumn Equinox) - first day of fall

September 26-October 4: San Francisco de Asís Fiestas Patronales in Chapala

September 28: Día del Servidor Público (Jalisco Bureaucrats Day) - government offices and public institutions close

October 1-31: Guadalajara’s annual Fiestas de Octubre (Oktoberfest) & Expo Ganadera (Livestock Fair)

October 1-31: Virgen del Rosario festivities in Ajijic

October 12: Día de la Raza (Columbus Day)

October 12: Romería de la Virgen de Zapopan (Guadalajara-Zapopan Pilgrimage)

October 27*: Horario de Invierno (Daylight Saving Time ends)-move clocks back one hour

November 1: Día de todos Santos  (All Saints’ Day)

November 2: Día de los Muertos  (All Souls’ Day)

November 12: Día del Cartero (Mailman’s Day)

November 18*: Día de la Revolución Mexicana (Revolution Day)

November 17-25: Cristo Rey festivities in Chapala

November 23: Día de la Armada de México (Mexico Armed Forces Day)

November 21-30: San Andrés Apóstol Fiestas Patronales in Ajijic

November 30-December 8*: Guadalajara International Book Fair (FIL)

November 25: Heroic Defense of Mezcala Island commemoration

November 28-December 6: San Nicolas de Bari Fiestas Patronales inSan Nicolas de Ibarra

December 4-12: Virgen de Guadalupe (patroness of Mexico) festivities nationwide

December 16-24: Las Posadas (Christmas season festivities)

December 21: Solsticio de Invierno (Winter Soltice) - first day of winter

December 24: Noche Buena (Christmas Eve)

December 25: Navidad (Christmas Day)

December 28: Día de los Santos Inocentes (Holy Innocents Day) - Mexico’s equivalent to April Fools.

December 31: Año Viejo (New Year’s Eve)

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