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Cozumel's Calendar of Events 2015

January

  • New Year's Day. January 1. National Holiday.
  • Dia de Los Reyes or Three Kings Day. January 6. For many Mexicans this is celebrated with as much significance as Christmas. It is celebrated by breaking "Rosca de Reyes" or Kings bread which contains small plastic dolls. The one who finds the largest doll is obligated to throw the "Candlemas or Candelaria" party which is in celebration of Jesus (the light) coming to the earth (February 2nd)

February

  • Candlemas (Day of the Candles or Candle Mass). February 2. It is the celebration of the Catholic influences on native Mexican traditions.
  • Constitution Day. February 5. Speeches and ceremonies commemorating this National Holiday.
  • Flag Day. February 24. A celebration to remember the heritage of the flag. This marks the victory of the Mexicans during the War of Independence against the Spanish.
  • Carnaval. February-March. To celebrate the approaching of Lent with parades, cockfights, fireworks, food, music and dancing. Each year the dates change depending on what date Easter lands on. To get the most current information see our Cozumel Carnival page.
  • Election day (First Tuesday every 3 years) Cozumel's City Mayor is elected on this day.

March

  • Carnaval. February-March. To celebrate the approaching of Lent with parades, cockfights, fireworks, food, music and dancing.
  • Benito Juarez's Birthday. March 21. National Holiday honoring president and leader of the 19th-Century Reform movement.
  • Vernal Equinox. March 20. Visitors come to the main temple at Chichen Itza to see the descent of the serpent Kukulkan. History has it that the Maya constructed the temple in a way that during equinox a beam of sunlight creates a shadow moving down towards earth resembling a slithering snake. This occurrence is supposed to bring out a good harvest.
  • Holy Week and Easter. March or April (dates vary each year). Celebrations and processions in observance of Christ's resurrection.

April

  • Cozumel Airshow 2015, April 18th and 19th. See a virtual tour!
  • Holy Week and Easter. March or April. Celebrations and processions in observance of Christ's resurrection.
  • Feast of El Cedral Late April, Early May. Feast in honor of the first Catholic mass celebrated on Cozumel.

May

  • Feast of El Cedral Late April 23rd , Early May. Feast in honor of the first Catholic mass celebrated on Cozumel.
  • Cinco de Mayo. May 5 . National holiday commemorating Mexico's defeat of the French in the Battle of Puebla in 1862.
  • The annual Lion Fish tournament. This is to promote the catching of this invasive fish which is invading the reefs of Cozumel. The dates for this tournament vary and coincide around the dates of the International Fishing Tournament.
  • Cozumel's International Billfish Tournament. Competitors from around the world compete in the waters of the Gulf. Some will say that this is a day to promote "awareness" of the reef, etc. etc. But it is simply a great fishing tournament!
  • The recreation of the crossing of the Yucatan channel by Mayan women coming of age, which was a pilgrimage in honor of the Goddess Ix-Chel. To see a video of this annual event go to the bottom of our Cozumel Culture page.

June

  • San Pedro y San Pablo Festival June 29. A religious festival in honor of San Pedro and San Pablo. There is a fair, with crafts, rids and food.

September

  • Independence Day. September 16. Mexico celebrates its independence from Spain in 1821. Featuring fireworks, folk dances, mariachi bands, speeches, and plenty of decorations in Mexico's national colors: red, green and white. These activities will be in the town square and in front of the municipal building across from Margaritaville. There are also Rodeo's and other activities around the island. If you are here during this date it will be easy to find out where things are happening (Independence day events change every year).
  • Autumnal Equinox. September 23. Visitors come to the main temple at Chichen Itza to see the descent of the serpent Kukulkan. History has it that the Maya constructed the temple in a way that during equinox a beam of sunlight creates a shadow moving down towards earth resembling a slithering snake. This occurrence is supposed to bring out a good harvest.
  • Feast of San Miguel September 29. Feast of San Miguel, patron saint of the island.

November

  • Day of the Dead. Early November 2nd lands just after the celebration of Halloween. However both events are completely unrelated. Traditionally it was believed that the spirits of the deceased returned to earth on this day. On this day, deceased relatives and friends are honored in a party-like celebration including graveside picnics. To learn more about this traditional and festive holiday here is a virtual tour!
  • Anniversary of the Mexican Revolution. November 20. Celebration of the Mexican Revolution of 1910 with parades, speeches and ceremonies.
  • A new tradition is Cozumel Ironman. It is held the 3rd week of November and coincides closely with Thanksgiving day. For more information see >>

December

  • The day of the Virgin of Guadalupe: December 1 thru the 12th. Our Lady of Guadalupe is honored with a pilgrimage, masses, regional food, folkloric dances and musical performances.
  • Los Pasadas; December 16 and goes on for 9 day which symbolizes the 9 months that the Virgin Mary carried the baby Jesus as well as the 9 days that it took Joseph and Mary to make the journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem. For those who know about the traditional piñata (it is a 7 point star) and symbolizes the 7 sins, pride, lust, envy, greed, sloth, wrath, and gluttony. By hitting the piñata you break it and thereby break away from these "deadly sins"! It is also during this time that you will see the local children going from door to door with a Christmas tree branch that is decorated shouting "cantamos la rama?" which means can we sing the branch?.
  • Christmas Week Celebrations. December 25 - January 2. The festivities include breaking of piñata, candlelight processions, nightly posadas which are reenactments of the time Joseph and Mary were searching for lodging and a two day feast commemorating the Virgin de la Soledad.

As you can see there are rich culturally significant events that dot Cozumel's Calendar of Events. We hope you will come to Cozumel and enjoy the many festive days of the year.

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