Wednesday, January 1, AÑO NUEVO (NEW YEAR’S DAY): We wish everyone a happy and prosperous New Year! Most people in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo spend the day at the beach!
Photo: Courtesy of the Convention & Visitors Bureau of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo.
Friday, January 3, KILÓMETRO DEL JUGUETE (TOY DRIVE): In Mexico, toys are given to children on Día de los Reyes Magos (Three Kings Day) on January 6th. (See below.) The Toy Drive is organized by DIF, the local social services department, to ensure that children from low-income families receive a toy too! Please share the holiday with the children by donating toys at Central Social in Zihuatanejo.
Every Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., ECO-TIANGIUS SANKA on the main beach in Zihuatanejo: Come out and enjoy locally-grown organic food, art and music. See: Eco Tianguis Sanka Beachfront Market in Zihuatanejo Offers Organic Foods, Art and Entertainment
Monday, 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.
Wednesday, January 15, BIRTHDAY OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. NOBEL PEACE PRIZE LAUREATE: People in Mexico and around the world will pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a hero of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. Martin Luther King dreamed that all inhabitants of the United States would be judged by their personal qualities and not by the color of their skin. Dr. King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. Members of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Task Force of Southfield, Michigan will be special guests at the Celebration of Peace in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Mexico, February 4-9, 2014.
Friday, January 18 – Saturday, February 15, 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 these local artists. The theme is “Entre sirenas y gallos y algo mas” (Between mermaid and rooster and something more).
Monday, January 27, INTERNATIONAL DAY OF COMMEMORATION OF VICTIMS OF THE HOLOCAUST: The United Nations designates January 27 – the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp – as an annual International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust. The 2014 observance is centered on the theme, “Journeys through the Holocaust”.
The Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Program is partnering with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum to make a new film resource and educational package available to educators around the world in all United Nations official languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish. To stream the DVD in the classroom in English and obtain additional educational resources, please visit www.ushmm.org. Educators may request a copy of the DVD with subtitles by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Tuesday – Sunday, February 4-9, 2014, CELEBRATION OF PEACE IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE ZIHUATANEJO SAILFEST: Students, educators, civic groups, business representatives, tourists and families from around the world are invited to 4th Annual Celebration of Peace in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Mexico and Re-Certification as a “Culture of Peace Community” during the Zihuatanejo SailFest, February 4-9, 2014, sponsored by the” Por Los Niños” Charity. Activities will include music, art and entertainment by the children of Zihuatanejo – all to build schools and to provide student scholarships.
Liberato “Levi” C. Bautista, Assistant General Secretary for United Nations and International Affairs of the General Board of Church and Society, a non-governmental agency (NGO) in consultative status with the United Nations, will visit Guerrero, Mexico for the first time to officiate at the event.
Click to download: Zihuatanejo Sailfest & Celebration of Peace -2014 Schedule of Events
For more information, go to: You Are Invited to the Celebration of Peace and Zihuatanejo Sailfest –February 4-9, 2013
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