Thursday, 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.
Sunday, January 4, 7:30 a.m., 5K DAY OF THE KINGS RACE at Marina Ixtapa: Come out and watch the kids race and have fun. Bring a donation of toys, games, clothes, or any necessities. Help to make it a fun day for all of the kids in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo.
Tuesday, 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.
Thursday, 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 people 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 2-8, 2015. Read: Dr. Martin Luther Kings-Principles of Non Violence.
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Monday – Sunday, February 2-8, 2015, CELEBRATION OF PEACE IN IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO: Students, educators, civic groups, business representatives, tourists and families from around the world are invited to fifth annual Celebration of Peace in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Mexico and Re-Certification as a “International City of Peace” during the Zihuatanejo SailFest, February 2-8, 2015, 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.
For more information, go to: Zihuatanejo Will Honor Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai in 2015 Celebration of Peace
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