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Popular Festivals and Fiestas in San Miguel de Allende
In Mexico, as the Nobel-winning Mexican poet Octavio Paz once noted, “any occasion for getting together will serve, any pretext to stop the flow of time and commemorate men and events with festivals and ceremonies.” Mexicans love a good reventón (party), and there are Festivals and Fiestas in San Miguel almost every day -- especially this year, as Mexicans commemorate the bicentennial of its Independence (September 16) and the centennial of its Revolution (November 20).
Festivals and Fiestas Throughout the Year:
1 New Year's Day: a legal holiday
3 Birthday of Independence hero "El Pipila"
6 Three Kings Day: Epiphany; gifts are given to children;end of Christmas festivities with the arrival of the three Maji to the infant Jesus.
17 San Antonio Abad's Day: The churches of San Antonio Abad, El Oratorio and San Juan de Dios, bless the animals to free them from ilness and to help in their development, under the protection of San Antonio.
21 Birthday of General Allende: Hero of National Independence; parades
24 Pilgrimage to San Juan de los Lagos: the departure of pilgrims from San Miguel to join thousands of pilgrims coming from many places in Mexico to travel to San Juan de los Lagos, Jalisco; homage to the Virgin of San Juan. Departure ceremonies near the Train Station.
2 Virgen of La Candelaria's Day: Spring celebration and seeds are blessed to commorate the beginning of the planting season.
Seeds and plants in abundance are sold in Parque Juarez
5 Constitution Day: legal holiday with government offices, schools and banks closed
14 St. Valentine's Day; Love
17 Ash Wednesday: Beginning of Lent
22 Death of Francisco Madero 1913
24 Dia de la Bandera; Flag day; Civic ceremony and parades
First Friday in March: Indian Conchero Dancers in front of La Parroquia
5 Carnaval Day: Carnavals take place in many places in Mexico and a five day celebration begins before the beginning of Lent.
8 Feast day of San Juan de Dios
17 St. Patrick's Day: green everywhere
19 Feast of San Jose: celebrations at the chapel
21 Birthday of Benito Juarez: famous President and national hero; a legal holiday
21 Beginning of Spring and Aztec New Year's Day: colorful parade with children in costume as flowers and animals
10 Death of Emiliano Zapata in 1919
21 American Invasion in 1914: flags at half-mast
30 Child's Day: festivals are held for children at schools and are offered small presents and games
1 There is a celebration every Sunday to honor the Virgin Mary during "Maria Month" in a different neighborhood church in San Miguel
1 Labor Day: a legal holiday with parades
3 La Santa Cruz: Holy Cross, day for masons and builders;altars are erected at all construction sites; work stops at noon and the employers are expected to provide a party; firecrackers explode far into the night
5 Battle of Puebla: defeat of the french in 1862 by the triumph of General Ignacio Zaragoza; dances performed during the week
8 Birthday of Father Miguel Hildalgo
10 Dia de las Madres: Mother's Day
15 Fiesta of San Isidro: patron saint of agriculture, herds and flocks mainly honored in rural communities; cattle are decorated with paper garlands, then blessed; the celebration is associated with bringing rain in the coming season
21 Death of Venustiano Carranza in 1920
26 Feast Day of San Filipe Neri, founder of the Congregation of the Oratorio
Sunday after June 13: Fiesta de los Locos with crazy costume parade
11 Corpus Cristi Day: processions
22 Birthday of Ignacio Ramirez, "El Nigromante"
24 Feast Day of St. John the Baptist
26 Death of General Allende in 1911: Civic ceremony in Plaza Civica
Third Sunday: Feast of Atotonilco at Atotonilco; fiesta and Indian dances
1 Canada Day celebrations
4 U.S. Independence Day celebrations
16 Fiesta de la Virgen del Carmen: beginning of a series of ritual cebrations continuing until the end of the month
18 Anniversary of the death of Benito Juarez in 1872
30 Anniversary of the death of Father Hildago in 1811: Civic ceremonies
First two weeks: the Chamber Music Festival
8 Feast Day of santo Domingo
15 Assumption Day: La Asuncion de Maria Santisima
Last weekend: Feast of St. Michael celebrations. Last Friday: Arrival of Indians with Xuchiles.
8 Birthday of the Holy Virgin
13 Anniversary of the deaths of the Child Heros in 1847
15 El Grito: The Cry of Independence, Viva Mexico! Hidalgo's cry for Mexican Independence from Spain
16 Independence Day: a national holiday; parade
29 Feast Day of the Archangel St. Michael
3 La Alborada, San Miguel Arcangel's birthday: Indian dances and fireworks from midnight to dawn in front of La Parroquia
4 Arrival of the Indians with Xuchiles Xichiles are decorations made from flowers, plants and corn paste; music and fireworks in front of La Parroquia
10 Feast Day of San Francisco
12 Columbus Day: El Dia de la Raza
31 Halloween: Noche de Brujas
Last week: The International Jazz Festival. Last two weeks: National Brass and Wool Fair. Fourth Thursday: Thanksgiving.
1 All Saints Day: Todos los Santos
2 All Souls Day: Day of the Dead celebrations
20 Anniversary of the 1910 Revolution: a legal holiday
22 Feast Day of Santa Cecilia: day for musicians
8 Feast of the Immaculate Conception
12 Feast Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe
16 Christmas activities with posadas daily
24 Noche Buena: Christmas Eve
25 Christmas Day: a national holiday
31 New Year's Eve: midnight mass and fireworks