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Popular Festivals in Puerto Vallarta

Festivities of the Virgin of Guadalupe. This is the most important festival in Puerto Vallarta. The celebration is from the 1st to the 12th of December; this is, without a doubt, the festival in which most of the population participates.

Fiestas de Mayo. Celebrated to commemorate the anniversary of the municipality and the elevation of the town to city. Generally, the festival last two weeks in which artistic, cultural, sports festivals, popular singers, exhibitions and parade of floats are presented. On May 31, in an extraordinary session of the town hall, the City Council gives recognition to people who have distinguished themselves in their work for the good of the community.

Marine Day. On the 1st of June, a ceremony is organized to honor the fallen sailors in the performance of their duty. The civil and military authorities, students of the schools and the people in general participate. Representatives of the different sectors are invited by the XII Naval Zone, in one of the ships, to lay a wreath in the middle of the bay.

Mexico Independence Day. The celebrations usually last a week in which the Queen of the Patriotic Celebrations is chosen and crowned in a popular dance, the parade of the charros is organized, the traditional Grito, sport competitions, exhibition of national arts, and ending on September 16 with the civic-military parade, floats, popular festivals, competitions and, at night, fireworks.

Día de Muertos. Día de Muertos or Day of the Dead can be experienced throughout Puerto Vallarta with altars and street parties organized each year that invites locals and tourists to come together and enjoy part of the Mexican culture. The celebrations in Puerto Vallarta are held from October 23 – November 2.

International Sailfish Tournament. In the month of November this tournament is celebrated by tradition that began in 1956 and attracts many fans of sport fishing both domestic and foreign.

Regatta Marina del Rey-Puerto Vallarta. This regatta, held every two years since 1972, attracts competitors from all over the world and the entry of the yachts into the bay is a beautiful spectacle due to the number and types of boats that participate.

Holidays in Mexico

January 1st Año Nuevo   New Year’s Day
January 6 Los Santos Reyes  Three Wise Men
February 2 Día de la Candelaria   Candelmas Day
February 5 Día de la Constitución, Constitution Day
February 14 Día del Amor y la Amistad  Valentine’s Day
February 24 Día de la Bandera  Flag Day
March 21 Benito Juárez Birth of Benito Juárez
March-April Semana Santa   Holy Week
April 30 Día del Niño Children’s Day
May 1 Día del Trabajo Labor Day
May 3 Día de la Santa Cruz Holy Cross Day
May 5 Cinco de Mayo
May 10 Día de las Madres  Mother’s Day
May 15 Día del Maestro, Teacher’s Day
September 16 El Grito  Independence Day
October 12 Día de la Raza, Columbus Day
November 1 Día de Todos los Santos  All Saints Day
November 2 Día de los Fieles Difuntos, Day of the Dead
November 20 Día de la Revolución Mexicana Revolution Day
December 12 Virgen de Guadalupe, Our Lady of Guadalupe
December 16- December 24 Las Posadas  9 Posadas
December 25 Navidad, Christmas Day
December 28 Día de los Santos Inocentes  The Holy Innocents Day

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