Trip Advisor Ranks Zihuatanejo One of the Best Destinations in Mexico! Zihuatanejo received the 2012 Traveler’s Choice Award from Trip Advisor for being one of the Best Destinations in Mexico. Trip Advisor comments, “While resorts continue to spring up, ‘Zihua’ remains determined to maintain its small-town flavor. . . Because the nightlife is mostly informal, ‘Zihua’ is particularly appealing to couples and those seeking an escape from coastal party towns.”
Tuesday, January 1, Año Nuevo (New Year’s Day): We wish everyone a prosperous New Year. See the Maya predictions for the new world order: “Ac Tah” the “Maya Walker” Predicts World Change
Sunday, January 6, Día de los Reyes Magos (Three Kings Day): Three Kings Day is a Christmas Holiday that is celebrated in Mexico and in Spain. In Spanish countries, the children receive their gifts on Three Kings Day rather than Christmas. This celebration itself stems from the New Testament of the Bible, where it is stated that the kings, Melchor, Gaspar, and Balthasar, traveled by night all the way from the farthest confines of the Earth to bring gifts to the baby Jesus. Arriving from three different directions, the Kings followed the light provided by the star of Bethlehem, which reportedly lingered over the manger where the Virgin Mary gave birth for many days.
Three Kings Day is celebrated with festive lights in the streets, Nativity scenes and holiday songs. There is also a joyful parade called the “Cabalgata de los Reyes Magos,” to symbolize the arrival of the kings. The kings ride upon horses or elaborate floats and throw goodies down to the children lining the streets. This is also traditionally the big opportunity for children to ask the Kings for presents.
In the evening, before an early night in bed, children leave out their shoes in a spot where the Kings are sure to see them. The religious monarchs, just like Santa Claus, certainly love their sweets, so the children often set out goodies to entice the kings as well as hay to feed their camels. When morning arrives, children delightedly discover that the kings nibbled the sweets, the camels ate the hay, and by their shoes there are wrapped presents. The magical night comes to a close with another Spanish Christmas tradition: a typical breakfast of “Roscón de Reyes,” a ring-shaped cake decorated with fruits symbolizing the precious gems that adorned the royal trio’s lavish clothing.
Read the story about the “King of Kings” statue in Zihuatanejo Bay in our Culture section.
Friday, January 11 – Saturday, February 9, Grace Relfe and Tamara Art Show: Visit the Museo Arqueológico (Archeological Museum) in Zihuatanejo, located along the waterfront, to see an exhibition of paintings by local artists. The theme is “Pensando en el mar” (Thinking by the sea).
Friday, January 25 – Sunday, March 24, Festival de Arte, Cultura y Tradición (Festival of Art, Culture and Tradition): Enjoy spectacular shows, music, dancing, art, food and crafts at this annual festival. Monday, Wednesday & Friday at Kiosk in Ixtapa; Tuesday & Thursday at Main Square in Zihuatanejo. From 6:00pm. Free admission.
For February 2013:
February 5 – 10, 2013, Zihuatanejo, Mexico Sail Fest: Sailboat enthusiasts and spectators are invited to participate in this year’s 12th Annual Zihua Sail Fest. In the true spirit of a “rendezvous”, vessels began arriving in Zihuatanejo in November from as far away as Alaska and the Caribbean, and drop anchor until February to participate in what is becoming one of Mexico’s premier sailing events, the Zihua Sail Fest. The Zihua Sail Fest is the main fundraising activity of “Por Los Niños de Zihuatanejo, AC” www.porlosninos.com (For the Children of Zihuatanejo Civic Association), a Mexican non-profit corporation created to provide enhanced educational opportunities for the disadvantaged children of Zihuatanejo.
Sail Fest is a five-day festival that combines fun and games, heart-felt volunteerism and an outpouring of international friendship. Cocktail parties, benefit concerts, live auctions, sailboat and dingy races, poker chases, kids day, beach parties, seminars, ham radio tests, chili cook-offs, street fairs, regattas and work parties at the schools are just some of the events that highlight this gathering of “free spirits.”
March 3 – 10, Zihuatanejo Guitar Festival: See www.zihuafest.info for updates.
March 12-17, Carnaval! Plan for a terrific time with floats, parades, shows, dancing and much more! Details to come in future editions of www.imagine-mexico.com
For more information about the Ixtapa Zihuatanejo area, see: