Mexico's culture is well known for big celebrations. Religious and national celebrations are planned and enjoyed by all Mexicans. Most of these celebrations involve food, parades, flowers, and a very particular way of celebrating each festivity. Here are some of the most popular ones.
Carnaval de Cozumel
One of the most awaited and colorful celebrations on the Island, usually held in February, depending on the date of Easter. Carnival is a celebration in which the whole town participates with people of all ages in costumed dances, parades, parties filling up bars and restaurants.
This is where the streets of downtown close for the parades and the party never ends. A definite MUST SEE while in Cozumel.
El Cedral or Santa Cruz
This is a 150 year old celebration held in Cozumel, held during the first week of May. A fair celebrates a promise made by a survivor during the Yucatan War of the Casts, who promised that his descendants would honor the Cruz (Cross) for all of their lives.
Patrón de San Miguel
Incorporating both religious and popular traditions, held on September 15th. This is Independence Day in Mexico (Just like the 4th of July in the U.S.) where people celebrate their independence from Spain in 1810, with parties, parades and a lot of festivities.
Day of the Dead
A holiday of remembrance held on November 1st. This is where people offer respect to their deceased family members and friends by going to the cemetery and offering food and flowers to their loved ones. Very elaborate altars are prepared and taken to the cemetery along with artwork, pictures and candles.
Christmas (Noche Buena)
Preceded by many parties called POSADAS, the Christmas season fills the town with children singing carols in the main plaza and on the streets, lights and decorations cover the streets and houses in town, and there's a lively holiday spirit.