Meeting 9 – 29th of April – Holidays and Days offfff

In France, each holidays and days off are a celebration, we are glad for this.

It starts with the 6th of January, it’s called Epiphany. It’s actually a Christian feast day where we celebrate the revelation of God incarnate as Jesus Christ, with the visit of the Magi. During this time, we eat “la Galette des Rois”. Inside the cake, you have a piece and the one who found it is the King or Queen.

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After, we have the 14th of April, who is “Vendredi Saint”. It’s also a Christian feast, who is commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death. It’s the Friday preceding easter Sunday.

The 16th of April, we have “le Dimanche de Pâques” for the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.

The 17th of April, we have “le Lundi de Pâques” who is the day after the Sunday of the resurrection fo Jesus.

The first of May, we have as in a lot of country, the Labor Day. We are offering Lily of the Valley this day.

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The 8th of May, we celebrate the end of World War II in Europe and the winning in front of the German in 1945.

The 25th of May, we have “l’Ascension”. It’s another Christian feast 4 days after Easter, it’s the last meeting of Jesus with his apostles, and his ascension into heaven.

The 4th of June, we have la “Pentecote”, Christian too., refers to the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles.

It’s also the 5th of June with the Monday.

The 14th of July, we have the Nationale feast also called Bastille Day to commemorate the Storming of the Bastille on 14th July 1789.

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The 15th of August is “l’Assomption”, the celebration of Mary the Virgin, the Mother of Jesus.

The first of November, we have la “Toussaint”, commemoration of the Dead.

The 11th of November, we have the “Armistice 1918”, celebrating the end of the World War I, between Allies and Germany.

And we have finally Christmas during the 24th and 25th.

“We have a lot of important days, and of course, since Mexicans like to party a lot all those days (or most of them) are holidays and schools do not work and in some jobs, you also get the day off. Here are our main days and a little bit explanation if we do something special to commemorate them:

  • February:
  • 6th: We commemorate the day the Constitution was made.
  • 14th: San Valentin’s day.
  • 24th: It’s the Flag’s Day.
  • March:
  • 20th: We commemorate the birth of Benito Juarez, a president of Mexico.
  • April:
  • We celebrate Eastern.
  • 30th: We celebrate the Child’s Day and have special activities for them.
  • May:
  • 1st: Is Labor Day, so we get the day off in most works.
  • 5th: We commemorate the Battle of Puebla, a bloody battle that took place in 1862 near the city of Puebla.
  • 10th: Mother’s Day, we have special activities performed by the kids for moms in the schools.
  • September:
  • 16th: It’s the Independence Day. The president rings a big bell in the middle of the main plaza of the capital city and shouts names of important people that helped the independence took place. It’s our most important day. We even have a special dish for it, it’s called ‘Chiles en Nogada’.
  • November:
  • 2nd: We celebrate the Dead’s Day, it’s a happy day that we go and visit our dead in the graveyard and bring them their favorite food and flowers.
  • 20th: It’s quite an important day. We commemorate the Revolution that took place in 1910.
  • December:
  • 12th: It’s the day of the Virgin of Guadalupe, our most important and sacred Virgin in Mexico. We have a basilica dedicated to her.
  • 24th & 25th: Chistmas.”

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