Special Events and Activities in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo for May 2016

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!

Sunday, 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 1st 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.  The holiday will be celebrated on Monday, May 2nd this year.


Tuesday, May 3, HOLY CROSS DAY (Día de la Santa Cruz): In México, it is the traditional feast day of construction workers. The builders usually place a wooden cross adorned with flowers and blessed by a priest on the top of the facade of the building site.

Thursday, May 5, COMMEMORATION OF THE BATTLE OF PUEBLA (Conmemoración de la Batalla de Puebla):  The “Cinco de Mayo” holiday celebrates the victory of the Mexican militia over the French army in “The Battle of Puebla” in 1862. It is primarily a regional holiday, celebrated in the state capital of Puebla. Cinco de Mayo is more commonly recognized in American cities with large Mexican populations. Many people mistakenly think that Cinco de Mayo is Mexican Independence Day, but the national holiday is September 16th.


Sunday, May 8 (in the USA, Canada and Cuba), Tuesday, May 10 (in Latin America), MOTHER’S DAY: Don’t forget Moma! Mother’s Day is celebrated on different dates in North America and Latin America. In the USA, Canada and Cuba, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the second Sunday in May. But, in Latin America, Mother’s Day is celebrated each year on May 10. So, call your Mother twice!dia-de-la-madre.jpg

In Mexico, “la madre” is revered. Mother’s Day in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo is an extraordinarily special day. The beach, restaurants and streets are overflowing with families celebrating. The local stores area packed with colorful flowers. The bakeries display very grand and beautiful “Happy Mother’s Day” cakes. Thank you to all of the Mothers of the World!

Sunday (Celebrated on Monay), May 15, TEACHERS DAY (DÍA DEL MAESTRO) in Mexico: Every May 15th México salutes its teachers and professors. This date became a national tradition in 1918 and has continued. Take a mango to your favorite teacher!

Dia de Maestros

Saturday, May 21, WORLD DAY FOR CULTURAL DIVERSITY: The day provides us with an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity and to learn to live together better.  Since 2011, the Universidad Autónoma de Guerrero, Zihuatanejo’s tourism university has been collaborating with Wayne State University in Detroit on a cultural diversity project about Afro-Mexicans.  Visit: http://www.FreedomPathways.org

Saturday & Sunday, May 21-22, TELEVISA SPORTS INTERNATIONAL TRIATHLON in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo: Triathletes will again compete in Ixtapa’s International Triathlon to be televised on Televisa Sports. Sportsmen of Mexico, Chile, the United States, Costa Rica, and other nations will participate in the event that is part of the Continental Cup with award points for the classification of the International Triathlon Union (ITU) and the Pan-American (NJT). Categories are: children’s (9-11, 12-13 and 14-15 years), Sprint (16-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44 and 45, and older), Olympic, Relay and Elite. The Sprint distances will be: 750 m swimming, 20 km bike and 5 km of running; Olympic categories will swim 1.5 kilometers, bike 40 km and run 10 kilometers. Click for Registration and Information.triatlonmexico

Swimmers will emerge in front of the beach in front of Fontan Hotel. The bicycle route will be through the residential areas of Ixtapa to Playa Linda, and the race will take place at Paseo de el Palmar and the area of the nursery.

Ixtapa residents beware! The streets in the residential areas of Ixtapa will be closed for the event and you cannot transport by car. Get groceries and refreshments ahead of time and plan to walk to the Triathlon!

Monday, May 23, STUDENTS DAY (DÍA DE ESTUDIANTE) in Mexico:  Spend some time with a special student in your life!

Dia del Estudiante

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