With temperatures continuing on the rise through the hottest weeks of the year, a string of festivities and special events will break everyday routines and help counteract heat-induced lethargy.
Significant dates marked on this month’s crowded calendar include:
Wednesday, May 1 was Dia del Trabajo (Labor Day), originating from the 1886 Chicago workers strike. For Mexican employees it is an official paid holiday. In Mexico City and other urban centers workers’ unions take part in marches and rallies.
Sunday, May 5: Commemoration of the Battle of Puebla -- Mexico’s defeat of the French army at Puebla de los Angeles (1862) is marked with civic ceremonies in all parts of Mexico and with colorful festivities in most Latino communities in the United States (Cinco de Mayo).
Friday, May 10: Mexican families celebrate Día de las Madres (Mother’s Day) always on this date. Though neither a civic nor a religious holiday, it is probably the nation’s most widely celebrated festivity. Mexican moms are honored with pre-dawn serenades, floral bouquets and personal gifts. Children entertain mothers at lively festivals presented by their schools.
Wednesday, May 15: Members of the teaching profession are recognized on Dia del Maestro (Teacher’s Day) with cards, gifts, parties and special acknowledgments from pupils, parents, educational institutions and government officials.
Wednesday, May 15: Blessings of livestock and seeds mark festivities in many rural communities to honor the religious patron of agriculture, San Isidro Labrador (St. Isador).
Thursday, May 23: Dia del Estudiante (Students Day), a local commemoration instigated by student organizations at the University of Guadalajara, is widely celebrated in Jalisco schools at secondary level and up with a day off from classes, parties, excursions or other special activities.