Ola Amigos! So you wanna be ha Mexican for the night?
All you need is: a Moustache, Sombrero, Poncho, Cigar, Cifle (you never know when you might need it!) and perhaps a bottle of Tequila. What a party you could have! Are you wild and wacky and want a fun party? Then why not opt for a Mexican Fiesta party. Fiestas in Mexico are the biggest parties around. The whole community and it's surrounding region gets involved. A Fiesta is an expressive form that brings together cultural, historical and social strings together. In a period of 20 years, there were 10,000 fiestas recorded! Most of which continued their original religious, festive characteristics. The name of the "fiesta" comes from the Latin word festa and means happiness, joy and fun but it also implies a religious meaning.
What time of year should I have a Mexican Theme Party?
Here are some Mexican Celebrations and the dates they are held on annually so that you can pick a suitable theme:
January 1 - New Year's Day
January 6 - Day of the Holy Kings (Three Wise Men)
Dia de los Santos Reyes Celebrates the arrival of the Three Wise Men who they came to see the King (meaning Jesus as a child) and brought gifts for the child. Traditionally, kids receive toys and people buy a pastry called La Rosca del Rey. If they bite in the bread and find the mini-doll of Baby Jesus, you must host a party for the Day of Candelaria (February 2). It is not an official holiday.
February 5 - Constitution Day
Día de la Constitución Celebrates the ratification of the Constitution of 1917, adopted after the Mexican Revolution.
February 14 - Valentine's Day
Día de San Valentín On this day, traditionally, men give chocolates, flowers, jewelry, dinner and serenade to their special women, as well as to their female friends. It is not an official holiday.
February 24 - Flag Day
Día de la Bandera Adoption of the Mexican flag with the tricolors of green, white, and red with the coat of arms of a golden eagle fighting against a serpent on top of a cactus. Flag Day was implemented by President of Mexico Lázaro Cárdenas in 1937.
March 18 - Oil Expropriation
Expropiación Petrolera President Lázaro Cárdenas expropriated foreign-held oil wells to facilitate Mexico's industrial development in 1938. It is not an official holiday.
March 21 - Benito Juárez's Birthday
Natalicio de Benito Juárez Birthday of Benito Juárez, 19th century president and statesman who stood against the French intervention in Mexico. See also Maximilian of Mexico.
April 30 - Children's Day
Día del Niño Mexicans honoring all the children throughout the country. It is not an official holiday.
May 1 - Labour Day
Día del Trabajo Commemorates the Haymarket Riot of 1886.
May 5 - Cinco de Mayo
Batalla de Puebla Celebrates the victory against French forces in the city of Puebla, on May 5, 1862. Also widely celebrated in the United States among Mexican-Americans. It is not an official holiday.
May 10 - Mother's Day
Día de la Madre Mexicans honoring all the mothers throughout the country. It is not an official holiday.
May 15 - Teacher's Day
Día del Maestro Mexicans honoring all the teachers throughout the country. It is not an official holiday.
Third Sunday of June - Father's Day
Día del Padre Mexicans honoring all the fathers throughout the country. It is not an official holiday.
September 15 - Shout of Dolores
Grito de Dolores Celebrates the Grito de Dolores, an event that marked the start of the independence war against Spain on the eve of September 16, 1810. It took place at a church chapel in Dolores Hidalgo, Guanajuato, led by a creole catholic priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla. See also Fiestas Patrias (Mexico).
September 16 - Independence Day
Día de la Independencia Celebrates the annivesary of the Mexican War of Independence against Spain on September 16, 1810. See also Fiestas Patrias (Mexico).
October 12 - Columbus Day
Día de la Raza Commemorates the discovery of America in 1492 by the Italian navigator Christopher Columbus. It is not an official holiday. See also La Raza.
November 1 - All Saints' Day
Todos los Santos Mexicans honor their dead relatives and/or friends (who were less than 18 years of age and unmarried) with candles, food & flower offerings, altars, and pre-Hispanic and Christian rituals. It is not an official holiday.
November 2 - All Souls' Day
Los Fieles Difuntos Mexicans honor their dead relatives and/or friends (who were more than 18 years of age and married) with candles, food & flower offerings, altars, and pre-Hispanic and Christian rituals. It is not an official holiday.
November 20 - Revolution Day
Día de la Revolución Celebrates the beginning of the Mexican Revolution in 1910. See also Fiestas Patrias (Mexico).
December 12 - Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe
Día de la Virgen de Guadalupe Celebrates the day that Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared on Tepeyac hill to the native Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin. It is not an official holiday.
December 24 - Christmas Eve
Nochebuena Celebrates the eve of the nativity of Jesus, as secular winter holiday. The traditional treats for this holiday are tamales and atole or champurrado. Las Posadas are celebrated nine days before Nochebuena, accompanied by a piñata party for the kids and dance music for the adults.
December 25 - Christmas
Navidad Celebrates the nativity of Jesus, also celebrated as secular winter holiday.
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