Zihua Sailfest, Peace Celebration & Special Events in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo – February 2016

WOW! There are so many events and activities happening in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo in February. This month, the town will host the Zihuatanejo Sailfest and the Celebration of Peace, both to benefit the educational programs of the community. The town is full of international tourists from Canada and the United States who come to escape the cold weather up north. Anytime is a good time in Mexico!

Monday, February 1 (Day off), Friday, February 5 –MEXICAN CONSTITUTION DAY:  A national holiday in Mexico, all public offices, schools, and banks are closed on this date. Constitution Day has special meaning for the residents of Guerrero. Vicente Guerrero helped to lead the revolution from Spain, helped to write the country’s constitution, and abolished human slavery in the country. President Vicente Ramón Guerrero Saldaña, who was of African descent, was born in 1782 in Tixtla, a city northeast of Acapulco, in what is today his namesake state of Guerrero. See: Afromexican Vicente Guerrero Helps Lead the Revolution, Writes the Constitution, and Becomes President.Flag of Mexico

Thursday, February 4, WORLD CANCER DAY:  Join the global effort on World Cancer Day to raise cancer awareness and press everyone across the world to take action! Here are some facts from the World Cancer Day Organization to help you. Fact Sheet – Early Detection, Fact Sheet – Quality of Life, FactSheet – Healthy Life Choices, FactSheet – Treatment For All.

Saturday, February 6, INTERNATIONAL DAY OF ZERO TOLERANCE TO FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION: Female genital mutilation (FGM) comprises all procedures that involve altering or injuring the female genitalia for non-medical reasons, and is recognized internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women. Over 140 million girls and women alive today have undergone some form of FGM.

Thursday, February 11, 1st ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL DAY OF WOMEN AND GIRLS IN SCIENCE: In December, 2015, the United Nations Member States adopted a resolution to establish an annual International Day to recognize the critical role women and girls play in science and technology communities. Learn more: http://unsdn.org/international-day-of-women-and-girls-in-science/

Sunday, February 7 – Sunday, February 14, ZIHUATANEJO SAILFEST: Sponsored by Por Los Niños Educational Charity, this annual event has raised funds to build 90 classrooms for disadvantaged kids in Zihuatanejo. During ever event, buy $10 peso raffle tickets for thousands of pesos in great prizes, all donated by local merchants to benefit children’s education. Drawings are held during all major events. Click on the photo below to enlarge the Schedule of Events, or you can download it: 2016 Sailfest Schedule of Events.Sailfest Calendar 2016

Sunday, February 14, OBSERVANCE FOR PRESIDENT VICENTE GUERRERO & FRIENDSHIP/VALENTINE’S DAY: Traditionally, this date has been celebrated with Cupid, chocolates, and special dinners for your sweetheart. But now, in Mexico and many other parts of the world, people are stopping to remember a great leader and champion of liberty and human rights, President Vicente Guerrero, who was executed on this date in 1831. He abolished human slavery in Mexico, and fought for a new order of equality and dignity for all people. Like many other civil rights activists, he was murdered by his enemies who wanted to retain the caste system of social and economic order.Vicente Guerrero - February 14

Sunday, February 21, DIA INTERNATIONAL DE LA LENGUA MATERNA (International Mother Language Day):  There are a variety of different races and ethnic groups living in the State of Guerrero with cultural and linguistic expressions that have given the area a very special image. There are approximately 600,000 indigenous people living in Guerrero, about 20% of the total population of the state. There are more than 20 different native languages spoken by its inhabitants, but the principal one spoken is Náhuatl.normal.lengua

Sunday, February 28, 6TH CELEBRATION OF PEACE IN IXTAPA ZIHUATANEJO: Peace is more than the absence of war and conflict. If we want peace, we must teach peace – and we must provide economic opportunities for our youth.

In 2010, the community of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo began a grassroots peace program to unite its residents, government, educational institutions, and business in an effort to promote educational and economic development. In 2015, the community was certified and recognized by the International Cities of Peace Organization for its efforts to support the United Nations goals for sustainable peace.Peace Pole Ceremony

EVERYONE is invited to the celebration!     

  • 11: 00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., PEACE SEMINIAR. Location: Sunscape Dorado Hotel in Ixtapa. Casual attire. Public officials, special guests, tourists, and the community at large are invited to come to an educational seminar about peace and sustainability of the United Nations goals. The guest speaker will be Dr. Fredrick Pearson, Director of the Peace & Non Conflict Center at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, USA. Admission is FREE.
  • 5:00 p.m., PEACE MONUMENT CEREMONY & PEACE WALK. WEAR WHITE! The celebration will start at the Peace Monument, located across from the museum in Zihuatanejo. Indigenous groups, children, tourists, and everyone in town join together and march a short distance to the municipal basketball court.
  • 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., OFFICIAL PEACE CERTIFICATION CEREMONY at the municipal basketball court in Zihuatanejo. This will be a spectacular event. Don’t miss it!

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Greatness Can Come in a-Small Package: A  Ten-Year- Old Boy Raises$10,000 USD to Build a School in Zihuatanejo

Afromexican Vicente Guerrero Helps Lead the Revolution, Writes the Constitution, and Becomes President

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