Special Events and Activities in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Guerrero for November 2015

Saturday, October 31 through Monday, November 2, “DIA DE MUERTOS ”(Day of the Dead):  During this time, 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.Day of the Dead in Zihuatanejo

Throughout the Month of November, CULTURAL ACTIVITES, at the Cultural Institute in Zihuatanejo: The wonderful culture of Mexico! Enjoy it – free of charge – all during the month, sponsored by the Cultural Institute of Zihuatanejo. Activities include folklore dance performances, local talent shows, art, clowns, and all types of great things.IMC logo

Calendar of Events - November 2015

Saturday, November 7, 12 Noon – 4 pm, in Zihuatanejo Bay, TRIATLÓN CHALLENGE IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO 2015.  The Challenge Family is the fastest growing global long distance triathlon series, now with 44 full and half distance triathlons in 21 countries. Challenge Family events focus on delivering the race of a lifetime to athletes of all ages and abilities, and creating a memorable spectator experience that captures all the excitement and emotion of this inspirational sport.

The events are designed to teach family core values: Innovation • Unique experiences • Authentic • Excitement • Connected to athletes and partners • Athlete’s Journey • Relationships • Strong business • Heritage • Ethics and morals • Passion • Quality leadership • Focus on purpose and potential. For more information, visit: www.challenge-family.com .

See this video from the Philippines Family Challenge in April 2015.

Friday and Saturday, November 13 – 14, THE 16th ANNUAL CONVENTION OF THE BLACK TOWNS OF MEXICO in Oaxaca in the Costa Chica Region: Blacks in Mexico? Traditionally, the history of Mexico has only included reference to the indigenous and the Spanish people. But in fact, in colonial times, the foreign population in Mexico was about 70% African and 30% European. Each year, Afro Mexicans from throughout the country gather to celebrate their traditions, culture, and experiences. Currently, the Afro Mexican civic organizations, like Mexico Negro, A.C., are conducting a national awareness campaign, and requesting Constitutional recognition by the nation.  This is being done in order to receive government funds for economic development in these communities, many of which still exist in post-colonial conditions.  Click to download the Event Program: XVI Encuentro de los Pueblos Afromexicanos Programa.

Posted by Flavio Cisneros on Sunday, October 18, 2015

Saturday – Monday, November 14-16, Starting at 12 Noon in Zihuatanejo Bay, REGATAS OCEANICAS (Ocean Sailfest):  This exciting international ocean race comes to Zihuatanejo!

Regatas Oceanica

Here’s video of this race that took place last year in Acapulco.

Wednesday through Sunday, November 25 – 29, “SEGUNDO COLOQUIO INTERNACIONAL DE AFRODESCENDIENTES” (Second International Conference of African Descendants) in Pinotepa Nacional and Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca: The United Nations has declared a decade of tribute to Africans and their decedents around the world. There is currently a national awareness program about African descendants in Mexico, and the nation is proud to host this international event. For more information, visit: http://copred.df.gob.mx/prensa/boletines/boletines-2015/mexico-sede-internacional-en-el-reconocimiento-de-afrodescendientes/

Thursday, November 27, THANKSGIVING DAY IN THE USA (Celebrated in October in Canada): Thanksgiving is a holiday that is unique to The United States and Canada. It is not celebrated in Mexico or in any other parts of the world. Since Ixtapa Zihuatanejo has many residents and tourists from The United States and Canada, local hotels and restaurants prepare turkey and special programs for this northern holiday.  For Native Americans, this occasion has a different meaning. We invite you to read: The Story of Thanksgiving as Told by a Mexican.

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