If there is something that you can always count upon in Mexico, it is holidays. In the towns and cities you visit, it is almost certain that you will encounter celebrations full of music, food and folklore. The most important festivities are Holy Week (Easter) (at the end of March or beginning of April), the “Grito de Independencia” (on September 15th), and the Day of the Dead (on November 1st and 2nd), the day of Our Lady of Guadalupe (on December 12th), Christmas and New Year.

Merry carnivals take place in February, which begin with the symbolic burning of evil spirits and continue with parades of floats, the crowning of the king and queen, and lots of music and fun. The most popular are those held in Veracruz, Mazatlan and Merida.

During Easter and the so-called “bridges”, the beaches and major tourist destinations receive a large number of visitors, and there are a greater number of cultural entertainment activities. However, if you prefer to avoid the crowds, we recommend traveling during the low season.

When planning your trip, we recommend that you find out about the weather in the state you will be visiting, in order to know what clothes to pack. Many people assume that the climate is always warm in Mexico; but the reality is that it may vary greatly from one destination to the next.

The weather in Mexico is as varied as its geography: there are tropical forests, arid desserts, fertile valleys and snow covered mountain peaks. The coasts are generally warm throughout the year, although it is very rainy during some months. In Mexico City, the weather is quite pleasant, neither too hot nor too cold. In the central highlands, the weather is cool, as well as in the mountainous areas. In some northern states, such as Monterrey and Chihuahua, it is very hot in summer and extremely cold in winter. Before traveling to Mexican beaches, make sure it is not hurricane season.

Time zones

Daylight saving in summer and standard time in winter.

There are three time zones in Mexico: one for the Northeast, one for the Pacific and one Central time zone. Between the first and second, and the second and third, there is a one hour difference.

From the first Sunday in April to the last Sunday in October, most of the country is on daylight saving time, with the aim of taking advantage of sunlight in the evening and saving electricity. For this purpose, clocks are moved forward one hour. Sonora is the only state in Mexico where time is never changes.

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