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.

Sign-up for YOGA TEACHER TRAINING & CLEANSING RETREAT at Present Moments Resort in Troncones Beach:  There are still spots available in this Yoga Alliance certified 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training & Cleansing Retreat program that starts May 10. This is a life enhancing, transformative experience where you will learn meditation, pranayama, asana, cleansing, shamanic philosophy, application of yogic theory and much more. The best way to learn Yoga is by living Yoga. This is an experiential curriculum where you will live a yogic life for three weeks while learning the theory behind the practice. For more information please visit, Yoga Teacher Training or email CJ Ananda at cjananda@gmail.com

Thursday – Monday, May 1 –5, 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.  For more information, go to: Copa Amado Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo.

Copa Amado 2014


Friday – Sunday, May 2-4, INTERNATIONAL SAILFISH TOURNAMENT at Zihuatanejo Pier: Zihuatanejo was originally a fishing village before it began to modernize for tourism. Zihuatanejo Bay is considered to be one of the best places in the world for sport fishing. Sailfish weighing up to 80 kilos can be found for most of the year. Fishermen and spectators are invited to join this annual tournament. For complete details and registration information, go to: http://sociedadcooperativatenientejoseazueta.com/ or call: (755) 554-2056.

Sailfish Tournament Poster 2014

Saturday, May 3, HOLY CROSS DAY (Día de la Santa Cruz): In Mexico, 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.

Sunday, May 5, CINCO DE MAYO is NOT celebrated throughout most of Mexico:  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 16.

MOTHER’S DAY is Saturday, May 10 in most of Latin America and Sunday, May 11 (second Sunday in May) in the USA, Canada and Cuba:  No matter where you are in the world, don’t forget to stop and call your Mother! Be international and call her twice – on May 10 and on May 11!  She’ll love it. 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 cakes with “Happy Mother’s Day.” Thank you to all of the mothers of the world!

Listen to this video.  It will make you laugh!  I’M THE MOM!

Thursday, May 15, TEACHERS DAY (DÍA DEL MAESTRO) in Mexico: Every May 15 Mexico 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

Wednesday, 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

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

Dia del Estudiante

Saturday, May 24, 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.

Acuatlon Ixtapa Zihuatanejo

Swimmers will emerge in front of the beach at the Pacific Hotel and the transition will be located in front of Emporio and Fontan Hotels. 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!

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