Mexico 2012 Public Holidays

In Mexico, public holidays are legislated at the national, state and municipal levels. These holidays are celebrated nationwide, but each state and/or city aputo hoend/or region may have its own holidays as well. Please note this list 2012 Mexico public holidays is estimate only, not a Mexican 2012 official holiday calendar. We do not and cannot guarantee the accuracy of this holiday calendar.

Mexico has three kind of holidays, statutory holidays where everyone has the right to a day off, traditional civic holidays that are not compulsory but are often granted, as well as local festive holidays.

Mexico Holidays 2012
Here is the list of Mexican 2012 holidays.

List of 2012 Mexico Statutory Public Holidays

Año Nuevo
New Year’s Day – First day of the year.
Sunday, 1 January 2012
*Monday, 2 January 2012

Día de la Constitución
Constitution day – Celebrates the Promulgation of the 1857 and 1917 Constitutions. Observance: First Monday of February.
Monday, 6 February 2012

Natalicio de Benito Juárez
Benito Juárez’s birthday – Commemorates President Benito Juárez’s birthday on March 21, 1806. Observance: Third Monday of March
Monday, 19 March 2012

Día del Trabajo
Labor day – Commemorates the Mexican workers’ union movements.
Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Día de la Independencia
Independence Day – Commemorates the start of the Independence War by Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla in 1810.
Monday, 17 September 2012

Día de la Revolución
Revolution day – Commemorates the start of the Mexican Revolution by Francisco I. Madero in 1910. Observance: Third Monday of November.
Monday, 19 November 2012

Inauguration day
Change of Federal Government, every 6 years.
Saturday, 1 December 2012

Christmas – Christmas celebration; secular and religious holiday.
Tuesday, 25 December 2012

List of 2012 Mexico Civic Public Holidays

Día del Ejército
Army’s Day – Celebrates the Mexican Army on the Loyalty Day (“Día de la Lealtad”), when President Madero was escorted by the Cadets of the Militar College to the National Palace.
Sunday, 19 February 2012

Día de la Bandera
Flag Day – Celebrates the current Flag of Mexico and honors the previous ones. Flag Day was implemented by President Lázaro Cárdenas in 1937.
Friday, 24 February 2012

Aniversario de la Expropiación petrolera
Anniversary of the Oil Expropriation – Celebrates the Oil Expropriation by President Gral. Lázaro Cárdenas in 1938.
Sunday, 18 March 2012

Heroica Defensa de Veracruz
Heroic Defense of Veracruz – Commemorates the defense against the United States occupation of Veracruz in 1914.
Saturday, 21 April 2012

Cinco de Mayo
Fifth of May – Celebrates the victory of the Mexican Army, led by Gral. Ignacio Zaragoza against French forces in the city of Puebla, on May 5, 1862. Also widely celebrated in the United States. US “celebration” of this Mexican historical event is largely a result of promotions in the US by liquor, beer, and bars/taverns/clubs/restaurants since the 1980s. For many years Cinco de Mayo celebrations in the US promoted Cinco de Mayo as Mexican Independence Day which is actually September 16. Although Mexican citizens feel very proud of the meaning of Cinco de Mayo, it is not a national holiday in Mexico, but it is an official holiday in the State of Puebla where the mentioned battle took place.
Saturday, 5 May 2012

Natalicio de Miguel Hidalgo
Miguel Hidalgo’s birthday – Commemorates the birth in 1753 of Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, the initiator of the Mexican Independence War.
Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Día de la Marina
Marine’s Day – Celebrates the Mexican Navy.
Friday, 1 June 2012

Día de los Niños Héroes
Boy Heroes or “Heroic Cadets” – Celebrates the Battle of Chapultepec during the Mexican?American War of 1847.
Thursday, 13 September 2012

Grito de Dolores
Cry of Dolores – Celebrates the Grito de Dolores, an event that marked the start of the independence war against Spain on the eve of September 16, 1810. It took place at a church chapel in Dolores Hidalgo, Guanajuato, led by a Creole Catholic priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla.
Saturday, 15 September 2012

Consumación de la Independencia
End of Independence War – Celebrates the end of the Mexican Independence War on 1821, 11 years after Father Hidalgo started it.
Thursday, 27 September 2012

Natalicio de José Ma. Morelos y Pavón
Morelos’ birthday – Commemorates the birth in 1765 of Father José María Morelos y Pavón, one of the founding fathers of the Mexican nation.
Sunday, 30 September 2012

Descubrimiento de América
Columbus Day – Commemorates the Discovery of the Americas in 1492 by the Italian navigator Christopher Columbus.
Friday, 12 October 2012

*In Mexico, when a public holiday falls on a non-working day (Saturday or Sunday) the holiday usually is observed on Monday (if the holiday falls on Sunday) or Friday (if the holiday falls on Saturday).

School holidays are for two weeks at Christmas and two weeks at Easter (Semana Santa 2012), and from the beginning of July through the third week of August. During these times beaches and other tourist attractions may be crowded.

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Happy Mexico Holidays 2012 ! Enjoy your holiday !