Mexican culture is well known for it's vibrant religious and national celebrations and Cozumel is the place to visit when such festivities occur! Below is a list of the island's most popular celebrations and festivities that occur in 2011.
This Pre-Lenten festival includes pageants, parades, dancing, food and much more! Equivalent to Mardi Gras, the streets of downtown Cozumel shut down to celebrate the mix of cultures. A must see activity is the Comparsas Ball which includes a dance competition. This week is very busy so make reservations early!
Click here to see our pics from the 2010 & 2011 Carnaval.
El Cedral - April 24 - May 3
Anniversary of the first Holy Catholic Mass commemorates the day of the Holy Cross (May 3). You will find food, games and dancing. Additionally, there is a cattle exhibit, a rodeo, bull fights, cock fights and an agricultural show case of local goods.
Click here to see our pics from the 2010 El Cedral celebration.
Dia de Independencias (Independence Day) - September 15-16
Come celebrate Mexico's day of independence from Spain! Both religious and popular traditions are exhibited throughout the downtown of Cozumel. Join the Mayor of Cozumel at City Hall for the traditional grito (cry) for independence on the 15th at 11pm followed by fireworks. Also, stick around for the parade that takes place the next day. This is one party that cannot be missed. Viva Mexico!!
Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) - November 1-2
During these two days people come to pay their respects to the dead. The town of Cozumel honors the deceased by creating elaborate altars made of artwork, food, flowers and candles which can be found throughout the town's local shops, restaurants and hotels.
Noche Buena (Christmas) - 1 week leading up to December 24
Come to Cozumel for a Christmas getaway and you will find the town decorated in lights and celebrating the spirit of Christmas. Shop among the local shops for Christmas where you will find children caroling. Join in one of the many posadas (parties) leading up to the day of Christmas. A Christmas in Cozumel is one you will never forget!