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Mexican National Holidays and local Cozumel events calendar.

24 February - Flag Day - National Holiday

Mexicans remember national heritage and the meaning of the red, white and green bandera every year, on February 24th.

The celebration marks the victory of Mexicans in the War of Independence against the Spanish, a struggle that lasted 11 years.


Dia de la Bandera
The Mexican flag.


22-28 February - Cozumel Carnival

Cozumel Carnival 2017
Cozumel Carnival.

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The island's spectacular annual Mardis Gras has over 140 years of history and is held around February every year, although the exact dates vary.

In 2017, the main week of events will run from Wednesday, February 22 to Tuesday, February 28, 2017.

Events conclude every year on 'Fat Tuesday' with dazzling technicolor processions along Cozumel's downtown Oceanfront.


Late March - Spring Equinox

This important date - when the length of day is exactly equal to night - is of historical religious importance to the Mayans and other historic American cultures.

It is famously celebrated at Chichen Itza Mayan ruins on the mainland, where the alignment of the sun causes a shadow in the form of a serpent to appear on the steps of the main pyramid.


April/May - El Cedral Festival, Cozumel

This year's dates still haven't been officially announced, but we'll post news on our homepage and on our social networks as soon as it's available, or you can sign up for our free email news updates here too.

Officially called the Festival of El Cedral and the Fiestas of Santa Cruz, this annual event is held in the small town of El Cedral, in the south of Cozumel.

Cozumel El Cedral
Traditional Cozumel festival.


5 May - Cinco de Mayo - Unofficial Holiday


Mexicans remember the Battle of Puebla every year on May 5th.

The 5 de Mayo marks the defeat of the French army in the Mexican city of Puebla in 1862.

Celebrated widely by Mexicans in the United States, the day is not an obligatory federal holiday in Mexico, but voluntary.


May / June - Sacred Mayan Canoe Crossing

Cozumel canoe crossing
Paddling to Cozumel.


The 'Sacred Mayan Crossings' take place in May or June each year and in 2014 it was held May 22-24.

Hundreds of oarsman in wooden canoes, paddle from the mainland to Cozumel and back.

The 3 day event recreates ancient ritual pilgrimages undertaken by the original inhabitants of Yucatán to Polé (Xcaret) and then on by canoe to Cuzamil (Cozumel).


16 September - Independence Day - National Holiday

Mexican Independence Day remembers the Grito de Dolores or Independencia, a call for Mexicans to rebel against the Spanish, made by Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla in 1810.

Hidalgo was parish priest in the town of Dolores, from where the Grito - or Cry - takes its name. It is sometimes misinterpreted as 'The Cry of Pain', a literal translation from Spanish.


12 October - Día de la Raza - National Holiday

Called the Día de la Raza, or 'Day of Race', in Mexico, the holiday is commemorated by millions across Latin America and Spain.

Cristóbal Colón, better known in English as Christopher Columbus, landed on the island of Guanahani on October 12, 1492 - the date that is now remembered.


1-2 November - Day of the Dead - Unofficial Holiday

Cozumel islanders celebrate El Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, along with the rest of Mexico.

The event remembers and celebrates the lives of ancestors and other deceased members of the family.
Cozumel Day of the Dead
Skull art at Discover Mexico


20 November - Revolution Day - National Holiday

On November 20, 1910, Francisco I. Madero called Mexicans to arms against the dictatorship of General Porfirio Díaz Mori, who had been in power for 40 years.

The ensuing battles and struggles for power lasted some 20 years. A revolutionary period when alliances and leaders kept changing, and attempts at stable government failed.


27 November 2016 - Ironman Competition

Cozumel Ironman 2012
Start of the event.

World-famous athletic competition, Ironman, will take place for the eight year running in Cozumel on November 27, 2016.

Cozumel Ironman 2016 will be an endurance test of swimming, cycling and running, and forms part of the Ironman World Series.


12 December - Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe - Unofficial Holiday

Thousands of people join processions in Cozumel for this event, as they celebrate one of Mexico's largest religious events.

The pilgrims honor Our Lady of Guadalupe, an icon of the Catholic Virgin Mary who is said to have appeared near Mexico City over 470 years ago.


16-24 December - Las Posadas / La Rama


Visitors arriving to Cozumel in the run up for Christmas have the chance to learn about two local seasonal traditions.

In true Christmas spirit, islanders celebrate with 9 nights of songs, called Las Posadas, while children recite their own carols and carry decorated branches, in a similar custom known as cantando la rama.

Las Posadas, or "the lodgings", is the name given to the 9 nights from December 16 to 24, when the biblical journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem is marked.


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