Special Events and Activities in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Mexico – October 2015

We’re winding up our rainy season during the month of October. The tropical summer rains refresh the vegetation and wildlife. Just breathing the fresh air is a thrill! It’s a time when many artists paint, writers write, and people focus on self-reflection. Join in the activities for this month.

Local Events (see International Events below)

Friday and Saturday, October 9 & 10, MENTAL HEALTH CONFERENCE, Hotel Emporio, Ixtapa: The Zihuatanejo Psychological Foundation is hosting a mental health seminar for the community. The general public is invited. Various workshops will be held on subjects such as parenting, women’s issues, roles of men, etc. The cost is $500 pesos for the general public and $300 for students. Workshops are $200. Click on the image below to enlarge the conference program. Visit their Facebook page for more information: Colegio de Psicólogos de Zihuatanejo,A.C.

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Mental Health Program

Saturday, October 10, Starting at 8:00 a.m., REGATA RIO SAN JERONIMITO (RIVER RACE!) in Petatlán:  What a fun event! People come from all over the area to race down the river in rafts, inner tubes, and anything else! Then, there’s a PARTY!

The city of Petatlán is located about 45 minutes south of Zihuatanejo on Interstate Highway 200. Our technical university, Universidad Technologica de la Costa Grande de Guerrero (UTCGG) is located there. It is also the site of a pre-Hispanic pyramid.

First, view this video about the area that was produced by the UTCGG students.

Regata San Jeronimito

Here is a video of the 2014 event so that you can see how much fun everyone has!!!

Monday, October 12, DIA DE LA RAZA (DAY OF THE RACES): For many people of European ancestry, this date is recognized as “Columbus Day” to celebrate the “discovery” of the Americas. But, for decedents the indigenous people who already inhabited the lands, and for the millions of Africans who were transported during the colonial slave trade, this date has a different meaning. In Mexico, and in other parts of Latin America, people celebrate Día de La Raza (Day of the Races) in recognition of the contributions of ALL the people in the Americas. In Mexico, Africans outnumbered Europeans by three to one during colonial times. Mexico is currently conducting a census of Afromexicans in consideration of constitutional recognition of this population. (Story will be in out November edition.)

Dia de Raza Octubre

Dia de Raza ONU

International Observances

1 October: International Day of Older Persons

2 October: International Day of Non-Violence

5 October: World Teachers’ Day

5 October (first Monday in October): World Habitat Day

9 October: World Post Day

10 October: World Mental Health Day

11 October: International Day of the Girl Child

13 October: International Day for Disaster Reduction

15 October: International Day of Rural Women

16 October: World Food Day

17 October: International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

20 October: World Statistics Day

24 October: United Nations Day:  United Nations Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. With the ratification of this founding document by the majority of its signatories, including the five permanent members of the Security Council, the United Nations officially came into being. This date has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948. In 1971, the United Nations General Assembly recommended that the day be observed by Member States as a public holiday.UN Logo pnglarge

24 October: World Development Information Day

27 October: World Day for Audiovisual Heritage

31 October: World Cities Day

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