Special Events and Activities in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Guerrero for November 2016

Every Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. ECO TIANGUIS ORGANIC FOOD MARKET, PRODUCTS, & ENTERTAINMENT, across from the museum in Zihuatanejo:  It’s a local meeting spot! Enjoy organic food; buy fresh vegetables, honey, and ecological products. Sing, dance, and enjoy life by the ocean. Read:   Eco Tianguis Sanka Beachfront Market in Zihuatanejo Offers Organic Foods, Art, and Entertainment

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Monday, October 31 through Wednesday, 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.

Day of the Dead Activities in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo:

  • Monday, October 31, 6:00 p.m., Day of the Dead Pararde, Cancha Municipal (main basketball court)
  • Tuesday, November 1, 6:00 p.m., La Madera Street Party. Everyone is invited. There will be cultural events, games, and activities for the entire family
  • Wednesday, November 2, 6:00 p.m., Closing Ceremonies, Cancha Municipal (main basketball court)


Thursday, November 3 through Saturday, November 5, SEAFOOD & WINE FESTIVAL at Sunscape Dorado Pacifico Hotel in Ixtapa: Come out and meet some of the most famous chefs in the world, and taste the wonderful seafood of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo! Call the hotel for reservations: (755) 553 2025.


Thursday, November 3 and Saturday, November 5, ART EXPOSITION at the Kiosco in Ixtapa: Ixtapa Zihuatanejo is known for its artists! Come out and enjoy an evening of art and entertainment – FREE! Visit the downtown area of Ixtapa (in front of Nueva Zelanda Restaurant) for this community event.


Thursday and Friday, November 17 & 18, CONVENTION OF THE BLACK TOWNS OF MEXICO in Ometepec, Guerrero: 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. November is “Black History Month” in Mexico. No more Mexico without Afromexicans! Read related stories: Day of the Dead Celebration in the Costa Chica Region of Guerrero, Soy Negr@ – Afromexicans Seek Constitutional Recognition During UN Decade of Tribute14753940_10211231184394738_2811552836465330719_o

Sunday, November 20, 5:30 p.m. (sign-up) ZIHUATON ZUMBA at Cancha Munipal (main basketball court in Zihuatanejo): Get out for some exercise, fun, and donate to a worthy cause! Sign-up fee is 50 pesos. Donations are for community environmental projects.


Sunday, November 20, REVOLUTION DAY – PARADE on Monday, November 21 through central Zihuatanejo: In 1910, the situation that existed in Mexico was not very different from what existed in the colonial era a hundred years before: A small group controlled industry and trade while most lived in poverty; there were no free elections, and common citizens did not participate in the political life of the country. The difference was made in 1910 a small middle class that was willing to fight and command a rebellion, leading to a new constitution in 1917.

Thursday, November 24, 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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