MEXICO, Nov. 29, 2016 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Mexico's holiday season between December 12 and January 6, known as the Guadalupe-Reyes celebration marathon, is unique in many ways. Not only are some of the events nearly 2,000 years old, but most are evidence of the deep cultural richness of Mexico. Especially during the Christmas season, the Mexican culture is full of festivals, special meals, religious celebrations, relaxing vacation days and merriment.
El Cid Vacations Club marks that this really starts the holidays season and it kicks off with the Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe. Celebrated on December 12, this is the first of the eight major Christmas holidays in Mexico and focuses on veneration of Mary, the mother of Jesus.
Next, the nine Posadas celebrations take place each night from December 16 until December 24. These festive nighttime processions are reenactments of the journey the Holy Family made in search of shelter. On the last night, Christmas Eve, Mexicans celebrate the coming of Christmas. Called Nochebuena, the "good night" portends the coming of the Christ child.
El Cid Vacations Club notes that ss in cultures all over the world, the Mexican people celebrate Christmas on December 25. Unlike many other Christian nations, however, Mexico celebrates Holy Innocent's day on December 28. An unusual holiday to outsiders, but a favorite in Mexico, this is the day on which people are expected to play practical jokes. It is often compared to April Fool's Day in the U.S.
After that, two more common holidays are celebrated: New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. On January 6, the day of the Three Wise Men is celebrated, commemorating the trio of kings who visited the Christ Child, offered him valuable gifts and bowed down to Him.
It is interesting to note that in Mexico, and also in Spain, the entire cycle of the Christmas holidays are still celebrated in their entirety. Most Western cultures typically only celebrate Christmas Day and one or two other days within the cycle.
Mexican culture and tradition are so rich that many ancient rituals and celebrations remain intact after thousands of years. The final part of the Christmas events for Mexican people is the Day of Candelaria on February 2, when traditional drinks are enjoyed along with foods that include tamales and atole.
El Cid Vacations Club knows Christmas in Mexico is a sacred and magical time for visitors and residents alike. The way that the event is commemorated shows the depth of Mexican culture and tradition.
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