From January until December, Cancun is an excellent choice for people who want to dip their toes in the exciting Mexican Culture without leaving too much of home behind. Perhaps the best time to visit Cancun is during one of the special events that are being celebrated throughout the year. more...
From January until December, Cancun is an excellent choice for people who want to dip their toes in the exciting Mexican Culture without leaving too much of home behind. Perhaps the best time to visit Cancun is during one of the special events that are being celebrated throughout the year.
The first Cancun festival of the year is Carnival, which takes place between February and March. Carnival is known as the Mexican version of Mardi Gras, and is celebrated for a full week before the beginning of Lent, which is defined as the preparation for Holy Week, leading up to Easter. During carnival the streets of Cancun are filled with parading floats, firework explosions and people dancing. Be advised that Bullfighting is also part of the celebrations.
Cinco de Mayo (May 5th) originally commemorates Mexico’s victory over the French in 1862. These days many people only associate Cinco de Mayo with throwing a serious party. Given the reputation of Cancun, Cinco de Mayo just may feel like any other day, although there are some additional festivities going on in the downtown area.
Cancun hosts its annual Cancun Jazz Festival from Friday, May 27th until Sunday May 29th, 2011. The Cancun Jazz Festival that was held for the first time in 1991 includes jazz in its various forms, from classic jazz to new, contemporary jazz. The festival is held at venues around Cancun and features some of the best jazz musicians from around the world.
From September 14 to 28, Cancun celebrates the religious Fiesta de San Román (Feast of Saint Roman), attracting 50,000 people to Campeche to view the procession carrying the Black Christ of San Román, the city's sacred patron saint, through the streets.
In case you travel to Cancun in October, don’t miss the Isla Mujeres International Music Festival. It starts on the second weekend of the month and features 12 days of dance and music.
Known throughout Latin America as El Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), Cancun offers visitors a truly unique version on this popular holiday, with many events incorporating both Mayan customs and modern Mexican traditions. The tradition date back to the Indian culture where the dead are allowed to inhabit the earth once again to enjoy the things they once did. The celebrations start on October 31 with celebrations for the returned souls of the departed and last for 3 days. Visitors will enjoy the large selection of special items that are sold in stores throughout Cancun to commemorate this holiday.
Only two weeks before the year-end festivities, on December 12th, the people of Cancun celebrate the Festival of Our Lady of Guadeloupe, which many consider to be the most important religious Mexican holiday. Mexican Catholics believe that Guadalupe was a manifestation of the Virgin Mary in the Americas. Dia de la Virgen de Guadalupe became a national holiday in 1859 and includes fiestas with traditional music and exciting performances.
Festivities and holidays like these add a touch of authenticity to this town that did not even exist a half century ago but manages to attract about 25 % of all visitors to Mexico.