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Special Events and Activities in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo for November 2014

Friday, October 31 through Sunday, November 2, “DIA DE MUERTOS ” (Day of the Dead):  During the first days of November, Mexico celebrates the Day of the Dead. This holiday is as important to Mexicans as Thanksgiving is in the USA and Canada. It is a celebration, not of death, but of the continuum of life. Families travel long distances to be with their loved ones on this occasion.  Its origins are distinctly Mexican: During the time of the Aztecs, a month-long summer celebration was overseen by the goddess Mictecacihuatl, the Lady of the Dead. After the Aztecs were conquered by Spain and Catholicism became the dominant religion, the customs became intertwined with the Christian commemoration of All Saints’ Day on Nov. 1. The holiday is joyous celebration!  It is a time for the family to pray, to reflect, to honor and to remember their dead. To learn more about this Mexican tradition, read: “Día de Muertos” – Day of the Dead Celebration in Mexico and Day of the Dead Celebration in the Costa Chica Region of Guerrero.

Starting November 2, ART GALLERY, LIVE MUSIC, FASHION SHOW AND MORE! at the LOOT in Zihuatanejo: The LOOT is Zihuatanejo’s new concept store, located on the beautiful La Ropa Beach. This month, they will open the Art Gallery and offer a variety of live music from musicians from around the world. Get the schedule of musical performances hear the artists:  Music at the LOOT in Zihuatanejo for November 2014.

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Friday, November 7, 6:00 p.m., “SONG TO ZIHUATANEJO 2”at the Museo Arqueologico de la Costa Grande  (archeological museum) along the beachfront in Zihuatanejo: Presentation of the disco, “Canto a Zihuatanejo 2” by Dr.  Raymundo Lara Valdovinos and the group “Los Porteños.  The public is invited to attend.

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Saturday – Monday, November 15-17, 8:00 am – 5 pm, in Zihuatanejo Bay, REGATAS OCEANICAS (Ocean Sailfest):  This exciting international ocean race comes to Zihuatanejo!

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You will enjoy the thrill of watching this sports event. See the video of the REGATAS OCEANICAS race in Cape Town, South Africa.

Thursday, November 27, THANKSGIVING DAY IN THE USA: Ixtapa Zihuatanejo has many residents and tourists from the United States. On this day, American families join together to give thanks for the many blessings received during the year. What is this day about? Let’s look at it from the Native American perspective. This day commemorates the time when immigrants from England joined together with the original inhabitants of America to give thanks. Native Americans welcomed these immigrants to their lands, and provided them with food and the necessities for their survival.

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Friday – Sunday, November 28 – 30, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., CAMPUS YOGA: Everyone enjoyed Campus Yoga last year, and now it returns! This year will be even more fabulous.

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For complete information and the schedule of events, go to: Campus Yoga Returns to Ixtapa Zihuatanejo on November 28, 29 and 30, 2014!

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Special Events and Activities in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Mexico for October 2014

Summer is over. The kids are back to school. But, the action and fun never stops in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Mexico. This month is full of exciting activities and events.

Sunday, October 5, 6:00 p.m., YOUTH TALENT COMPETITION at Cancha Municipal (basketball court) in Zihuatanejo: Come out and support our talented youth! The Municipal Youth Department is sponsoring a talent competition. Young people will sing, dance, act, or whatever! The auditions will be held in Centro Social (municipal social center) on Friday, October 3 at 4 p.m. The final performances will be on Sunday. This promises to be one of the most entertaining events of the year. Let’s rock!

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Thursday and Friday, October 9-10, 1st Conference on Mental Health in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo: The event will be held at Hotel Krystal in Ixtapa. Sponsored by the Psychology Association of Zihuatanejo (Colegio de Psicologas de Zihuatanejo, A.C.) this will be the first conference in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo for mental health. The objective is to help elevate the importance of mental health in education, society and business. Registration begins at 8 a.m. on Thursday, October 9. The conference begins each day at 9 a.m. Cost is $400 pesos for students and $700 pesos for professionals. (Click on the program images to enlarge them.)

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Monday, October 13, “Día de la Raza” (Columbus Day): Many countries around the world celebrate the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the Americas, which happened on October 12, 1492, as a holiday or official celebration. The landing is celebrated as Columbus Day in the United States. Since 1970, the holiday has been fixed to the second Monday in October, coincidentally the same day as Thanksgiving in Canada.

In Mexico and in other parts of Latin America, the day is recognized as Día de la Raza (“Day of the Race”). Although the original idea of Columbus Day was to unite the cultures in the Americas, the holiday is very controversial. It is argued that the October 12 actually should be a day of mourning; it was the start date of the imposition of Spanish America, subsequent colonization, conquest of indigenous natives, and enslavement of African people.

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Monday, October 13, Thanksgiving Day in Canada: Ixtapa Zihuatanejo has many Canadian visitors and residents. We wish a Happy Thanksgiving to all! Thanksgiving Day in Canada has been a holiday on the second Monday of October since 1957. It is a chance for people to give thanks their good fortunes in the past year.

Wednesday, October 15, International Day of Rural Women: The first International Day of Rural Women was observed on October 15, 2008. This new international day, established by the United Nations General Assembly in its resolution 62/136 on December 18, 2007, recognizes “the critical role and contribution of rural women, including indigenous women, in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security and eradicating rural poverty.”

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Rural women play a critical role in the rural economies of both developed and developing countries. In most parts of the developing world they participate in crop production and livestock care, provide food, water and fuel for their families, and engage in off-farm activities to diversify their families’ livelihoods. In addition, they carry out vital functions in caring for children, older persons and the sick.

Friday, October 24, United Nations Day: United Nations Day has been celebrated on October 24 since 1948. In 1971, the United Nations General Assembly recommended that the day be observed by Member States as a public holiday. The United Nations works for peace; it promotes maternal health; it combats climate change; it fights poverty; it promotes human rights; it assists refugees; it helps people in emergencies; it feeds hungry populations; it vaccinates children; it works to prevent conflict; it promotes disarmament; and the UN works for primary education for all. Celebrate UN Day! Download this poster: 13-00123 UN Day Poster 1[1]

Saturday, October 25, Revolution 3 Ixtapa Zihuatanejo Triathlon: Swimming, cycling, and running! You can compete, or sit back and enjoy the thrill of watching! Ixtapa residents, remember that the streets will be closed during the morning. For more information, visit: REV3 Mexico Triathlon.

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Friday, October 31 through Sunday, November 2, “Día de Muertos” or “Day of the Dead”:  This holiday is as important to Mexicans as Thanksgiving is in the USA and Canada. It is a celebration, not of death, but of the continuum of life. Families travel long distances to be with their loved ones on this occasion.  Its origins are distinctly Mexican: During the time of the Aztecs, a month-long summer celebration was overseen by the goddess Mictecacihuatl, the Lady of the Dead. After the Aztecs were conquered by Spain and Catholicism became the dominant religion, the customs became intertwined with the Christian commemoration of All Saints’ Day on Nov. 1. The holiday is joyous celebration!  It is a time for the family to pray, to reflect, to honor and to remember their dead. To learn more about this Mexican tradition, read: “Día de Muertos” – Day of the Dead Celebration in Mexico and Day of the Dead Celebration in the Costa Chica Region of Guerrero.

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Mexico’s Independence Day, International Day of Peace, and Other Events in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo-September 2014

September is a special month for Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Mexico. During this time, the area joins the nation to celebrate its Independence Day on September 16. Ixtapa Zihuatanejo is also the center point in the state of Guerrero for the International Day of Peace celebration on September 21.

Friday-Sunday, September 5-7, starting at 7:00 a.m., SURF OPEN TRONCONES LA SALADITA: Organized by the Asocicación de Hoteles y Restaurantes de Troncones y Saladita (Hotel and Restaurant Association of Troncones and Saliadita), this event promises to be exciting! Get to Troncones Beach at the crack of dawn! It is located a short twenty minutes by highway from Zihuatanejo.

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Troncones, located about 20 minutes by highway from Zihuatanejo, is famous for its natural beauty and surfing. City folks – take a look at this video. It rocks!

Saturday, September 13, COMMEMORATION OF “NIÑOS HÉROES (BOY HEROES): On September 13 of every year, Mexico remembers and honors six young cadets, ranging in age from 13 to 19, who died defending their military academy at Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City in 1847, when the United States invaded Mexico during the Mexican-American War. There is a monument in Mexico City dedicated to these young men. In reference to these young Mexican cadets, U.S. President Truman said, “Brave men do not belong to any one country.” Read their story: From the Halls of Montezuma: The Story of the “Niños Héroes” (Boy Heroes).

Monday, September 15, FESTIVAL OF THE PATRIOTS IN ZIHUATANEJO and Tuesday, September 16, INDEPENDENCE DAY NATIONAL HOLIDAY:  Viva México! Mexico celebrates its Independence Day! In the early hours of September 16, 1810, Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, a priest in the small town of Dolores, Guanajuato, rang the church bell to gather the townspeople. He called for the people of Mexico to rise up against the Spanish Crown, thus initiating Mexico’s War of Independence. This event, known as the Grito de Dolores (Cry of Dolores) or El Grito de la Independencia (Cry of Independence), is commemorated every year in town squares across Mexico.  The country did not achieve independence until 1821.

Padre Hidalgo by Jose Clemente Orozco

 Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, a priest in the small town of Dolores, Guanajuato, rang the church bell to gather the townspeople, calling for the revolution.

 The Independence Day ceremony will take place at City Hall in Zihuatanejo in the evening on Monday, September 15. See a play by the students of Zihuatanejo re-enacting the El Grito de la Independencia (Cry of Independence).

Usually, history refers to its war “heroes.” Many women, however, took part in the fight for freedom and liberty in Mexico. Read: Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez – A Heroine of the Struggle for Mexican Independence

Sunday, September 21, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE CELEBRATION at the Peace Monument (next to the museum) in Zihuatanejo: The Municipality of Zihuatanejo joins with the United Nations in celebration of the International Day of Peace. Zihuatanejo is a “Culture of Peace Community,” and participates in various peace education activities for the youth in our area.

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This year’s theme is “The Right of Peoples to Peace.”  Ixtapa Zihuatanejo will host a Peace Day Ceremony at our Peace Monument. Everyone is invited!  WEAR WHITE!

Right of Peoples to Peace

September is the rainy season in the tropics, so we will have our major peace event February 2-8, 2015. Please make your plans to attend.

Club Rotary of Zihuatanejo Invites You to the Celebration of Peace, February 2-8, 2015 – Make Plans Now!

Students! Come to the International Youth Peace Conference in Zihuatanejo, Mexico – Or Participate in a Webinar

Zihuatanejo Plans Cultural Dance Festival for the Celebration of Peace – February 2-8, 2015

Saturday, September 27, INTERNATIONAL TOURISM DAY: Celebrate this day and enjoy being a tourist! The World Tourism Organization asks that you reflect upon your responsibilities and impact as a traveler and commit to a more sustainable environment. Respect the local customs and environment. Don’t litter. Take a shower rather than a bath. Choose not to have your linens changed every day. Read how Sustainable Tourism Can Help Solve the World’s Problems — Travel Forever!

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Special Events and Activities in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo for August 2014

It’s fun in the summertime! It often rains during the evenings in the summer, but the community is still vibrant and alive with activities.

TOUR ZIHUATANEJO’S STATUES OF WOMEN FROM THE REGIONS OF GUERRERO: This month, take a short walking tour in Zihuatanejo to see the beautiful bronze statues of women representing the seven regions of the state. The statues are located along the waterfront promenade and downtown area. Read about them: Bronze Statues of Women Represent the Seven Regions of Guerrero

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Every Saturday Morning, 9 am – 1 pm, ECO-TIANGUIS FARMER’S MARKET on the main beach in Zihuatanejo: Come out and mingle with the local community every Saturday morning.  Local vendors have organic foods, crafts, music, art and more! (more…)

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Special Events in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Guerrero for July 2014

It’s summer time in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo! It often rains during the evenings. But, rain or shine, the community is still vibrant. Come join us for the summer!  It’s a special time for kids.

Tuesday, July 1, CANADA DAY: Ixtapa Zihuatanejo has a significant population of Canadian residents and visitors who will be celebrating their national day on July 1st, the official independence day of Canada.  On July 1, 1867, with passage of the British North America Act, the Dominion of Canada was officially established as a self-governing entity within the British Empire. At the time of Canada’s independence, slavery had already been abolished in the nation in 1835, making Canada an attractive destination for African Americans fleeing slavery in the United States, where it was not abolished until 1865. (more…)

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Special Events and Activities in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Guerrero for June 2014

Summer is a great time in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo! Enjoy the nature, and peace of our beachfront community.

Sunday, June 1, 10:00 a.m. (approximately!), DIA DE LA MARINA NACIONAL (NATIONAL MARINE DAY) at the Zihuatanejo Pier: A national holiday, Marine Day is a solemn occasion for the whole nation of Mexico when the National Flag is hoisted at full mast. Zihuatanejo has been an important port since colonial times. There is a navy station at the port and a Naval Hospital in Ixtapa. In 1942, the first of June was established as Marine Day in tribute to all, who with their work, personal sacrifice, participation, and cooperation at all levels, contributed to the birth and consolidation of the maritime sector in the country. The ceremony in Zihuatanejo pays tribute to our local navy personnel and the fishermen, tour operators, watersports operators, marine merchants, and others who care for our oceans and waters.  Everyone is invited to attend.

See the video from last year’s celebration.

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Special Events and Activities in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Guerrero for May 2014

Many international visitors come to Ixtapa Zihuatanejo during the winter months, but spring and summer is when it is the most beautiful! There are many activities and special events this month, and of course, you can always have a “beach day” in our town!

Thursday, May 1, INTERNATIONAL LABOR DAY (Día Internaciónal de Los Trabajadores): On “May Day,” Mexico and the world commemorate the struggle of workers for labor rights and freedom to organize its unions. Labor Day is celebrated in Canada and the USA in September. In Mexico, May 1 is a national holiday when the flag should be hoisted at full mast. All banks and governments offices are closed. Most companies have some type of celebration to honor their workers. (more…)

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Special Events and Activities in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Mexico for April 2014

Ixtapa Zihuatanejo is the place for wonderful Special Events and activities. Mark your calendars and get ready for more sun and fun in paradise!

If you would like your community event posted, send information to: mailto:info@imagine-mexico.com

Every Saturday Morning, 9 am – 1 pm, ECO-TIANGUIS FARMER’S MARKET on the main beach in Zihuatanejo:  Come out and mingle with the local community every Saturday morning.  Local vendors have organic foods, crafts, music, art and more!

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March Madness! Update on Special Events in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Guerrero for March 2014

It’s a crazy month full of fun and activities in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo.  The month’s not over!  So much is happening that we’re providing this mid-month update.  Enjoy!

Every Saturday Morning, 9 am – 1 pm, ECO-TIANGUIS FARMER’S MARKET on the main beach in Zihuatanejo:  Come out and mingle with the local community every Saturday morning.  Local vendors have organic foods, crafts, music, art and more!

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Every Saturday Night, 9:30 – 1 am, SALSA NIGHTS AT COCONUTS RESTAURANT in Zihuatanejo:  Come out and dance the night away!  Coconuts, one of our finest restaurants in Zihuatanejo, offers Free Salsa Classes every Saturday night along with the music of local favorite, Juanito Zihua.  Let’s dance! (more…)

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Special Events and Activities in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Mexico for March 2014

March is full of exciting cultural activities along the Mexican coastline of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo!  Come out and enjoy a month full of wonderful times.  Here is the calendar for the first part of the month.  Check back for an updates.

Every Saturday Morning, 9 am – 1 pm, ECO-TIANGUIS FARMER’S MARKET on the main beach in Zihuatanejo:  Come out and mingle with the local community every Saturday morning.  Local vendors have organic foods, crafts, music, art and more! (more…)

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It’s time to Celebrate! Calendar of Events for the Celebration of Peace and Zihuatanejo Sailfest

It’s time to celebrate! Join us for a week of wonderful beach events, cultural activities, music, art and joy!  And, it’s all for the benefit of the children of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo.

Each year, the community of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo conducts Peace Education activities for certification as a “Culture of Peace Community” through the DRD Peace Center in partnership with the United Nations.   This year, our theme is “Education for Peace” and our community will host a Celebration of Peace and receive its peace re-certification at the conclusion of the Zihuatanejo Sail Fest, sponsored by the “Por Los Niños” educational charity. (more…)

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Update on Special Events in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo for January 2014 / Preview for February

There are so many special events and cultural activities happening in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Guerrero that we are publishing this update so you won’t miss out!  If you are up north, Come on down! New International Airline Flights to Ixtapa Zihuatanejo for 2014.

We are happy to announce the events of any community group.  Send the details to: info@imagine-mexico.com.   Enjoy the month!

Monday – Saturday, 7:30 p.m., PATRICIA CARRION PERFORMS AT PUERTA DEL SOL RESTAURANT in La Madera Beach:  Come out and enjoy a marvelous evening of great food and fantastic jazz music by Patricia Carrion, who represented Zihuatanejo at the Jazz Festival of Quebec last year.  She sings in English, Spanish and French.  See the menu for Puerta del Sol Restaurant on our Restaurants & Menus Page.

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Special Events in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo for January 2014 and Upcoming Months

Wednesday, January 1, AÑO NUEVO (NEW YEAR’S DAY)We wish everyone a happy and prosperous New Year!  Most people in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo spend the day at the beach!

La Madera Beach in Zihuatanejo

 Photo: Courtesy of the Convention & Visitors Bureau of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo.

Friday, January 3, KILÓMETRO DEL JUGUETE (TOY DRIVE):  In Mexico, toys are given to children on Día de los Reyes Magos (Three Kings Day) on January 6th. (See below.)  The Toy Drive is organized by DIF, the local social services department, to ensure that children from low-income families receive a toy too!  Please share the holiday with the children by donating toys at Central Social in Zihuatanejo. (more…)

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Special Events in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo for December 2013 and Upcoming Months

Thursday, December 5, 5:00 p.m., MIGRANT DAY RECEPTION TO HONOR THE IMMIGRANT OF THE YEAR at Barceló Resort in Ixtapa:  All foreign residents and tourists are invited to attend the 5th Annual International Migrant Day, hosted by the Zihuatanejo Department of Migration. Entry is free.  There will be music, dancing, folklore and food provided by our local hotels and restaurants.  Dress in the attire of your country of origin.

Imigrants NightEach year, the Zihuatanejo Migration Department recognizes a local immigrant for his or her contributions to the community. This year, for the first time, the Migration Department will honor five (5) foreigners as the “2013 Immigrants of the Year”.   How wonderful!  See: Breaking News! Zihuatanejo to Honor Five (5) Foreigners as “2013 Immigrants of the Year” at Reception on December 5th – Everyone is Invited | imagine-mexico.com (more…)

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Special Events in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo for November 2013

The international tourist season for Ixtapa Zihuatanejo is starting with many visitors coming from the cold climates in the United States and Canada.  The upcoming months are full of special events and activities!  Be sure to make your reservations early to come and enjoy our wonderful paradise.

Thursday, October 31 – Saturday, November 2, “DÍA DE MUERTOS”/ DAY OF THE DEAD CELEBRATION:  Families throughout Mexico will celebrate “Día de Muertos” or Day of the Dead this month.  It is a time for the family to pray, to remember and to honor their loved ones who came before.  This holiday is as important to Mexicans as Thanksgiving is to Americans and Canadians.  It’s a time when people travel long distances to be with their families, some coming from as far away as the northern US.

There is absolutely no connection between Day of the Dead and Halloween.  In fact, many Mexican families dislike the modern day promotion of Halloween because it distracts from the tradition of the Day of the Dead holiday. Towns throughout Mexico are colorfully decorated with flowers and families build altars to honor their loved ones.

Many restaurants and hotels in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo will also host special dinners and events.

Learn more about this traditional Mexican holiday in our article: “Día de Muertos” / Day of the Dead Celebration in Mexico (more…)

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Special Events in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Mexico for October 2013

Tuesday and Wednesday, October 1-2, SEMI-FINALS FOR MEXICO’S 4TH ANNUAL CHEF OF THE YEAR at Barceló Hotel in Ixtapa:  The Chef of the Year competition (Concurso Concineo del Año de México CCMM) is designed by professional chefs and is one of the most prestigious gastronomical events in Mexico.  Participants will have their recipes judged on factors such as the flavor, texture, nutritional quality, harmony of components, originality and the utilization of Mexican ingredients and cooking techniques.

This year-long competition that began in June 2013 consists of seven (7) Semi-final events, held in different parts of the country, leading up to the final competition to be held in Mexico City in June 2014. Ixtapa Zihuatanejo is host to the second of the Semi-final competitions that will include 12 chefs from the states of Guerrero, Michoacán and Morelos.

The event will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. each day at   Barceló Hotel in Ixtapa.  All activities, including conferences, cooking demonstration and the competition, are open to the public and free of charge.  For more details, read:  Ixtapa Zihuatanejo Hosts Semi-finals for Mexico’s Chef of the Year Competition (more…)

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Independence Day, International Day of Peace and Other Events in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo – September 2013

September is a special month for Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Mexico.  During this time, the area joins the nation to celebrate its Independence Day on September 16th.  Ixtapa Zihuatanejo is also the center point in the State of Guerrero for the International Day of Peace celebration on September 21st.   Following are the latest news and details.

NEWS! Zihuatanejo’s Mayor Eric Fernández was recently honored as one of the Best Mayors in Mexico!  This recognition gives motivation to all residents to work together for a better Zihuatanejo.  Congratulations!

Mayor Erick Fernandez of Zihuatanejo

Friday, September 13, COMMEMORATION OF “NIÑOS HÉROES (BOY HEROES): On September 13th of every year, Mexico remembers and honors six young cadets, ranging in age from 13 to 19, who died defending their military academy at Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City in 1847, when the United States invaded Mexico during the Mexican-American War.  There is a monument in Mexico City dedicated to these young men.  In reference to these young Mexican cadets, U.S. President Truman said, “Brave men do not belong to any one country.”  Read their story: From the Halls of Montezuma: The Story of the “Niños Héroes” (Boy Heroes).

Sunday, September 15, FESTIVAL OF THE PATRIOTS IN ZIHUATANEJO & Monday, September 16, INDEPENDENCE DAY NATIONAL HOLIDAY:  Viva México! Mexico celebrates its Independence Day!  In the early hours of September 16, 1810, Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, a priest in the small town of Dolores, Guanajuato, rang the church bell to gather the townspeople.  He called for the people of Mexico to rise up against the Spanish Crown, thus initiating Mexico’s War of Independence.  This event, known as the “Grito de Dolores” (Cry of Dolores) or “El Grito de la Independencia” (Cry of Independence), is commemorated every year in town squares across Mexico.  The country did not achieve independence until 1821.

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 The Independence Day ceremony will take place at City Hall in Zihuatanejo in the evening on Sunday, September 15th.

See a play by the students of Zihuatanejo re-enacting the “El Grito de la Independencia” (Cry of Independence).

Vicente Guerrero, for whom the State of Guerrero is named, is one of Mexico’s most important national heroes.  He was of African descent.  Vicente Guerrero was a general in Mexico’s War of Independence, he helped write the country’s constitution, he was the nation’s second president and he eliminated slavery during his presidential administration.  Read more about this great hero: President Vicente Guerrero – A Mexican Hero – Died on February 14th  Vicente Guerrero - black

Saturday, September 21 at 6:00 p.m., INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE CELEBRATION at the Peace Monument (next to the museum) in Zihuatanejo:  During a time when some people have a negative image of Mexico, the community of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Mexico has partnered with the United Nations to create a “Culture of Peace,” especially among our children.

Starting in 2010, with the help of the Detroit Renaissance District Peace Center in Southfield, Michigan, and The World Peace Prayer Society in New York, public officials, business leaders, community members and students of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo participate in Peace Education activities for an annual certification as a “Culture of Peace Community” in partnership with the United Nations.  Ixtapa Zihuatanejo is the only community in Latin America to receive this recognition.

This year’s theme for the United Nations International Day of Peace on September 21st   is “Education for Peace.”  Ixtapa Zihuatanejo will host a Peace Day Ceremony with entertainment by children. Everyone is invited!  WEAR WHITE! 

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To learn more the community’s Peace Education Program and to download educational materials in Spanish, see: Peace Education / Educación para la Paz en Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, México

Friday, September 27, INTERNATIONAL TOURISM DAY/ INTERNATIONAL WATER DAY: In support of United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation, the theme of World Tourism Day (WTD) 2013 is “Tourism and Water: Protecting our Common Future.”   Celebrate this day by enjoying being a tourist!  The World Tourism Organization asks that you reflect upon your responsibilities and impact as a traveler and commit to a more sustainable water future. Take a shower rather than a bath.  Choose not to have your linens changed every day.  Do not litter. Respect the local environment.  For more suggested activities, see: World Tourism Day 2013.   Also, read our articles:

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Special Events and Activities in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo for August 2013

IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO LISTED AS SAFE FOR TRAVEL BY US STATE DEPARTMENT: The US State Department updated its Travel Warnings for Mexico.  Ixtapa Zihuatanejo is listed as safe for travel.  Read the story:  U.S. State Department Updates Travel Warnings for Mexico – List of Safe Cities | imagine-mexico.com

Saturdays, August 3 and August 10, CPR LIFESAVING COURSE AT THE RED CROSS IN ZIHUATANEJO:  The public is invited to attend this lifesaving course to be held at the Red Cross (CRUZ ROJA) in Zihuatanejo.  Instruction will be held on both Saturdays from 4:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m.  For more information and reservations, call: 554-2009 or 554-9432.

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Wednesday – Friday, August 7-9, BACKPACK DONATION PROJECT FOR ZIHUATANEJO SCHOOL CHILDREN:  Your donation can make a difference!  Please help our local school children by donating a backpack or school supplies.  Donations will be received:

  • August 7, 9:00 a.m. – 12 Noon at DIF Municipal Office on Calle Agucates, No. 15, Col. Centro in Zihuatanejo
  • August 8, 9:00 a.m. – 12 Noon in the vestibule at City Hall in Zihuatanejo
  • August 9, 9:00 a.m. – 12 Noon in the at Cancha Municipal (Basketball court) in Zihuatanejo

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Continuing through Friday, August 9, PARAISO DE NIÑOS: This summer, kids visiting Ixtapa Zihuatanejo can participate in a variety of fun activities including contests, art lessons, music concerts, theatre, clown shows, films and dance.  A calendar of daily activities is available at the Concierge desk in local hotels or call the Conventions & Visitors Bureau, direct dial from USA or Canada: 011+52+75+553-1270.

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Saturday, August 10, TELEVISA SPORTS (TV) 5K and 10K RUN IXTAPA:  With more than 2,000 participants, this annual event will take place in front of the Barceló Hotel in Ixtapa.  The 10K Run departs at 7:50 a.m. and the 5K Run at 8:05 a.m.  Categories range from Juvenile (15-19 years) to Seniors (60 years +).   Spectators are invited to come out and enjoy the competition.

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Sunday, August 25, FINAL DAY OF REGISTRATION FOR “COOK OF THE YEAR – MEXICO 2013/2014”:   Local chefs get ready for the competition!  The event will take place October 1-2 in Ixtapa.  Recipes of participants are due by August 25.  Participants will include chefs from the states of Guerrero, Michoacán and Morelos.  For more information, visit: www.concursoconcinero.com

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ADOPT A PET! Give a pet a home!  Sterilized animals are available for adoption at SPAZ, the Zihuatanejo Humane Society.  Learn more about them, and make a donation at: www.spazihua.org

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TOUR ZIHUATANEJO’S STATURES OF WOMEN FROM THE REGIONS OF GUERRERO: This month, take a short walking tour in Zihuatanejo to see the beautiful bronze statutes of women representing the seven regions of the state.  The statues are located along the waterfront promenade and downtown area.  Read about them: Bronze Statutes of Women Represent the Seven Regions of Guerrero | imagine-mexico.com

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Special Events in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Guerrero for July 2013

Monday, July 1, CANADA DAY: Ixtapa Zihuatanejo has a significant population of Canadian residents and visitors who will be celebrating their national day on July 1st, the official independence day of Canada.  On July 1, 1867, with passage of the British North America Act, the Dominion of Canada was officially established as a self-governing entity within the British Empire.  At the time of Canada’s independence, slavery had already been abolished in the nation in 1835, making Canada an attractive destination for African Americans fleeing slavery in the United States, where it was not abolished until 1865. Both White men and Black men received the right to vote in Canada’s independent government; Black men had been given the right to vote back in 1837.  Canadian women received the right to vote federally on May 24, 1918.  The Canadian Bill of Rights gave Aboriginals the right to vote on August 10, 1960. Before this date, under the Indian act, an aboriginal would have to give up their aboriginal status in order to be eligible to vote.  Canada Day is celebrated with great delight and national pride. Canada Day festivities include parades, firework displays, summer picnics and a whole host of other fun activities enjoyed by every Canadian citizen. (more…)

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Special Events and Activities in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo for June 2013

Saturday, June 1, 9:00 a.m., DIA DE LA MARINA NACIONAL (NATIONAL MARINE DAY) at the Zihuatanejo Pier:  A national holiday, Marine Day is a solemn occasion for the whole nation of México when the National Flag is hoisted at full mast.  Zihuatanejo has been an important port since colonial times.  There is a navy station at the port and a Naval Hospital in Ixtapa.  In 1942, the first of June was established as Marine Day in tribute to all, who with their work, personal sacrifice, participation and cooperation at all levels, contributed to the birth and consolidation of the maritime sector in the country.  The ceremony in Zihuatanejo pays tribute to our local navy personnel and the fishermen, tour operators, watersports operators, marine merchants and others who care for our oceans and waters.  Everyone is invited to attend.

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Special Events and Activities in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo for May 2013

Many international visitors come to Ixtapa Zihuatanejo during the winter months, but spring and summer is when it is the most beautiful!  There are many activities and special events this month, and of course, you can always have a “beach day” in our town!

Wednesday, May 1, INTERNATIONAL LABOR DAY (Día Internacional de Los Trabajadores): On “May Day,” Mexico and the world commemorate the struggle of workers for labor rights and freedom to organize its unions.  Labor Day is celebrated in Canada and the USA in September.  In Mexico, May 1 is a national holiday when the flag should be hoisted at full mast.  All banks and governments offices are closed.   Most companies have some type of celebration to honor their workers.  Schools are closed until May 6. (more…)

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Special Events in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Mexico for April 2013

Ixtapa Zihuatanejo is the place for wonderful Special Events and activities.  Mark your calendars and get ready for more sun and fun in paradise!

Thursday – Sunday, April 4 –7, “LA COPA AMADO” MUSTANG CAR EXHIBITION:  A reunion of Mustang autos, organized by the Mustang Performance Club de Mexico A.C. in conjunction with the City of Zihuatanejo’s Department of Tourism and Economic Development.  The event will consist of exhibitions in Ixtapa and in Zihuatanejo, and a parade.

  • Thursday, April 4, 12 Noon – 7:00 p.m.:  Exhibition on the Golf Course in Ixtapa
  • Thursday, April 4, 7:15 p.m.: Parade of Mustang cars down the main boulevard in Ixtapa
  • Friday, April 5, 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.: Display of generations of Mustangs on the streets in Zihuatanejo – Calle Cauchtémoc, Pedro Ascencio and in Cancha Municipal (basketball court) Copa Mustang Picture

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Special Update: “Carnaval” Calendar and Other Special Events in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo for March 2013

We are publishing this special update since there are so many special events and activities happening in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo during March!  New events have been added!!!!

Carnaval thumbnailCARNAVAL ZIHUATANEJO! Started yesterday – Sunday, March 17 at Cancha Municipal (basketball court) in Zihuatanejo:  We just verified with the Office of Visitors and Conventions that the activities will all be along the waterfront at Cancha Municipal (basketball court) in Zihuatanejo.  The days and times of activities have changed since first announced. Enjoy! (more…)

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Special Events and Activities in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo for March 2013

March is full of exciting cultural activities along the Mexican coastline of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo!  Come out and enjoy a month full of wonderful times.

Friday – Sunday, March 1-3, A FUSION OF FLAVORS FROM GUERRERO AND MICHÓACAN at Capella Resort in Ixtapa.   You are invited to enjoy a gastronomic treat with Chef Alexander Branch of Capella Ixtapa and Chef Miguel Baltazar from Morelia.  Don’t miss this event!

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  • March 1:  Cocktail Party.  8:00 p.m.—10:00 p.m. Enjoy an evening full of textures and flavors with exquisite cocktails.   Poolside.  $50.00 USD* per person
  • March 2:  Cooking Expositions
    • 11:00 a.m.: The flavors of Guerrero with Chef Alexander Branch. Cost: $40 USD*/person
    • 3:00 p.m.: The flavors of Michoacán with Chef Miguel Baltazar. Cost $40 USD*/person
    • 8:30 p.m.: Chef’s Table Gourmet Dinner. Enjoy a gourmet dinner hosted by the Chefs.  Cost: $65.00 USD*/person
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February 2013: Mid-month Update of Special Events in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo

There are so many special events and activities happening in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo during February and March that we are providing this special mid-month update.  Mark your calendar and be prepared for more enjoyable days and evenings in paradise!

All Month, Tuesday thru Friday, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., ART, CULTURE AND TRADITION FESTIVAL:  Enjoy spectacular shows, music, dancing, art, food and crafts at this annual festival.  Admission is free!

  •  Tuesday and Thursday in Zihuatanejo at the Municipal Basketball Court (Cancha Municipal)
  • Wednesday and Friday in Ixtapa on the main boulevard in across from Emporio Hotel
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Special Events in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo for February 2013 and Upcoming Months

Sail fest LogoTuesday, February 5th – Sunday, February 10th, Twelfth Annual ZIHUA SAILFEST 2013: Fun and fellowship for “cruisers,” locals, and tourists; come all!  Proceeds to benefit the area’s schools and other educational projects.  Information at Barracruda Bar on Cuauhtémoc Street in Zihuatanejo, or just come to the events of your choice.  There’s something for everyone! BOATLOADS OF FUN!

Schedule of Activities:

Tuesday, Feb. 5th, 6 p.m. – Grand Kick-Off Party at Barracuda Bar in Zihuatanejo.  Live Auction at 7 p.m.  Come get a T-shirt, sign up for events, make friends, and benefit the kids.  Live music. (more…)

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Special Events for January 2013 and Upcoming Months in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo

tcLogoUSListTrip Advisor Ranks Zihuatanejo One of the Best Destinations in Mexico!  Zihuatanejo received the 2012 Traveler’s Choice Award from Trip Advisor for being one of the Best Destinations in Mexico.   Trip Advisor comments, “While resorts continue to spring up, ‘Zihua’ remains determined to maintain its small-town flavor. . . Because the nightlife is mostly informal, ‘Zihua’ is particularly appealing to couples and those seeking an escape from coastal party towns.”

Tuesday, January 1, Año Nuevo (New Year’s Day)We wish everyone a prosperous New Year.  See the Maya predictions for the new world order:  “Ac Tah” the “Maya Walker” Predicts World Change

Three Kings DaySunday, January 6, Día de los Reyes Magos (Three Kings Day)Three Kings Day is a Christmas Holiday that is celebrated in Mexico and in Spain.  In Spanish countries, the children receive their gifts on Three Kings Day rather than Christmas.  This celebration itself stems from the New Testament of the Bible, where it is stated that the kings, Melchor, Gaspar, and Balthasar, traveled by night all the way from the farthest confines of the Earth to bring gifts to the baby Jesus.  Arriving from three different directions, the Kings followed the light provided by the star of Bethlehem, which reportedly lingered over the manger where the Virgin Mary gave birth for many days.    (more…)

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Special Events for the Holidays!

There are so many activities happening in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo over the holidays that we are publishing this Special Holiday Events Schedule:

Friday, December 21, Mayan Prediction for World ChangeRead about the predictions for the future of the world from “Ac Tah” the “Maya Walker”.

Posada de La MaderaSaturday, December 22, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Traditional Christmas Posada in La Madera Beach: Everyone is invited to attend this community Christmas Party with dancing, singing, contests, food, drinks and more!  The party initiates in front of La Gula Restaurant.  Admission is free.

Sunday, December 23, 6:00 p.m., Acapulco Philharmonic Orchestra at “Cancha Municipal” (Basketball Court) in Zihuatanejo: In celebration of the holidays and for the City’s founding, residents and visitors to Ixtapa Zihuatanejo are invited to enjoy this special treat of classical music from one of the country’s best orchestras.  Admission is free.

Saturday, December 22 – Monday, December 31, Christmas Holidays at Capella Ixtapa:  Enjoy live music and a variety of different menus and holiday activities at the various restaurants in Capella Resort in Ixtapa.  Treat yourself to a Spa day!  The restaurants and Spa are open to the public.  Click for details:  2012 Holiday Program at Capella Ixtapa  Happy Holidays - Capella

Holiday Music:  Be sure to listen to The Village Caller Music Show: The Music Of Christmas for our selection of holiday music.  Also, Can You Name that Christmas Song?

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Swimming, Surfing, Music Concerts, Christmas Parties – Special Events for December 2012

Saturday, December 1-2, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Playa Linda, Playa El Palmar and Playa La Ropa Beaches, Swimming Event, “Cuarta Travesía Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo”:  Ixtapa Zihuatanejo’s got beaches! Even if you’re not a swimmer, you will enjoy this swimming competition.  Everyone is invited with no cost for attendance.  To see pictures of past events, visit: Turisterotv Ixtapa Zihuatanejo.

Friday, Saturday  and Sunday, December 7 – 9, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Ixtapa 2012 RUCCO Surfer and Family Event, Playa Linda Beach in front of the Trailer Park, Ixtapa:  Ixtapa Zihuatanejo is known for its great surfing!  The whole family is invited to participate or attend this sixth annual event, designed to integrate and develop the sport in the Ixtapa Zihuatanejo community because of its wonderful beaches.  Surfing is not only a sport, but a way to enjoy life.  There will be free surfing lessons for boys and girls, and competition between them after the lessons.  There will be a surfing competition with both Mexican and foreign surf legends.  There will also be sand sculptures, paddle board demonstrations, ecology lectures, beach cleaning and an awards party.  To sign up for the competitions, contact Catcha L’Ola at (755) 553 1384 or see RUCCO SURFER & FAMILIA 07 al 09 de dic. 2012 Playa Linda  Come out and enjoy!

Sunday, December 9, 5:00 p.m., El Pueblito Restaurant in Zihuatanejo, Music Concert by the Children of the Music and Art School of Zihuatanejo:  Please come out and support our aspiring young musicians!  The children of “Escuela de Musica y Arte de Zihuatanejo” invite you to their concert to enjoy a new generation of talented musicians ages from 6 to 17.  Admission is a minimum donation of $20 Pesos. (more…)

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Day of the Dead Festival, Hot Air Balloon Festival, Films and Other Special Events for November 2012

(Started October 30) Thursday, November 1st and Friday, November 2nd: Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos) Festival in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo“Dia de Muertos” (Day of the Dead) is a cultural tradition honoring deceased love ones. This year, Ixtapa Zihuatanejo will host a complete festival with lectures about the tradition, photographic exhibitions, traditional dance and music.  Building “altars” with flowers and tokens of the deceased is part of the tradition.  Local vendors will compete for the “Best Altar.”

  • Thursday, November 1st, 5:00 p.m.: Activities start at the Zihuatanejo Bay with lighting of the area.
  • Thursday, November 1st, 6:30 p.m.:  Alleyway of the Dead in Colonia Playa La Madera.  Starts in front of Hotel Irma and terminates at the Municipal Basketball Court in Zihuatanejo.  Walk the route to see the many alters and decorations. 
  • Thursday, November 1st, 9:00 p.m.: The “SKA of the Dead” musical group.  At the Municipal Basketball Court in Zihuatanejo.   
  • Friday, November 2nd, 7:00 p.m.: Traditional cultural program. Ancient wooden pantheon.  At the Municipal Basketball Court in Zihuatanejo. 
  • Friday, November 2nd, 8:00 p.m.: “Fiesta Mitlatecutli” at the Museum of Archaeology in Zihuatanejo.

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“Noche de Bolero” (Bolero Night) at Che Mangiamo Restaurant in Ixtapa Marina

On Saturday and Sunday, October 20th and 21st, Che Mangiamo Restaurant in the Ixtapa Marina will host “Bolero Night,” with a live concert performance and special dinner.

What is “bolero music”?  It can be described as “smooth, romantic…even sexy,” and is the music spontaneously played during impromptu bohemia-type gatherings.  The history of Bolero music is supposedly a mystery since some say the origin is the same as the Rumba, deeply planted with an Afro-Cuba influence.  Others say it originated from Cuban or Spanish folk dances such as the Danzón and Beguine. (more…)

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Special Events and Observances for October 2012

October 1st  – International Day of Older Persons:  You should always be nice to old people, but on this day of international observance, be sure to spend time with someone “old” – your grandmother, your neighbor or anyone who would enjoy your friendship and companionship.

October 11th – International Day of the Girl Child:  This year’s theme is “Ending Child Marriage,” chosen because child marriage is a phenomenon that violates millions of girls’ rights, disrupts their education, jeopardizes their health, and denies them their childhood, limiting their opportunities and impacting all aspects of a girl’s life.

October 12th – Columbus Day or Native Americans’ Day in the USA/Día de la Raza (Day of the Race) in México:  Columbus Day, is celebrated in the United States on the second Monday of October to remember Christopher Columbus’ arrival to the Americas on October 12, 1492.  This holiday is controversial because the European settlement in the Americas led to the demise of the history and culture of the indigenous peoples.   Not all states or regions in the United States follow the Columbus Day observance.  Instead, they celebrate Native Americans’ Day or Indigenous People’s Day.  Columbus Day is not celebrated in Latin America.  In México, the day in called “Día de la Raza,” or the Day of the Race.  People celebrate through learning from educational resources that focus on the traditions, culture and background of Native Americans.  It is a day to celebrate the heritage of Native Americans and for both native and non-native cultures to unite so the many aspects of native culture can be shared. Cultural activities such as markets and pow wows, which are gatherings of North America’s indigenous people, are held.  In modern times, pow wows involve dancing, singing, socializing and celebrating Native American culture. (more…)

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Viva Mexico! Celebrate Mexico’s Independence on September 15th and 16th

Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, the nation of Mexico and Mexicans located throughout the world will celebrate the independence from Spain on September 15th and 16th.  Communities are brightly decorated with the Mexican flag and its colors of red, white and green.

Many people in the USA mistakenly think that May 5th or Cinco de Mayo is Mexico’s national holiday.  Cinco de Mayo, however, commemorates the victory of the Mexican militia over the French army in 1862.  It is a regional holiday, celebrated in the State of Puebla where the battle took place.

The “El Grito de la Indepedencia” (Cry of Independence) is held annually on September 16thin honor of Mexico’s declaration of independence from Spanish rule in 1810. In the early hours of September 16, 1810, Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, a priest in the small town of Dolores, Guanajuato, rang the church bell to gather the townspeople.  He called for the people of Mexico to rise up against the Spanish Crown, thus initiating Mexico’s War of Independence.  The country did not achieve independence until 1821.  (more…)

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News, Special Events and Activities for August 2012

www.imagine-mexico.com has a New Look!  Our goal is to report positive news and information about the Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Mexico area.  After two (2) years of monthly publication, this on-line magazine now has over 16,000 readers from the USA, Mexico, Canada and other parts of the world.  This month, readers will see lots of changes, with new sections and articles, additional photos and videos, music and more.  You’ll also find recommendations for hotels, restaurants, shops and services.  We invite all to vacation and visit our beachside community.

Zihuatanejo Elects New Mayor:  Local and national elections were held in July resulting in the election of Eric Fernández Ballesteros as the president-elect of Zihuatanejo, replacing Alejandro Bravo.  Fernández Ballesteros is a member of the PRI party that governed Mexico for over 70 years. (more…)

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In the Mood for Love? Romance in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo

Picture yourselves on a white, sandy beach with the tropical blue waters touching your toes.  Imagine the sweet fragrances of exotic Mexican flowers.  A breathtaking sunset… It’s time for love and romance.

Ixtapa Zihuatanejo is one of the most breathtaking and romantic places in the world.  Surrounded by the seductive waters of the Pacific Ocean, under the radiant Mexican sun and protected by the valleys of the Sierra Madre Mountains, Ixtapa Zihuatanejo is absolutely one of the most captivating places anywhere. (more…)

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Special Events for July 2012

Paraiso de los Niños (Kids’ Paradise), July through August:  Most international tourists visit the area in the winter months, but summer is another great time to enjoy Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, especially with your kids and young people. (more…)

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