Holidays in Cabo San Lucas, most especially the Christmas Season, are celebrated with a rich touch of the Mexican culture. There is something very special and enjoyable on how they celebrate the holidays. Would you believe that the Christmas celebration in Los Cabos lasts for almost two months? They celebrate Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, but they also celebrate a lot of holidays that are not usually included in the U.S calendar.
If you are staying in Los Cabos for the holidays or planning to buy real estate, expect to experience frequent feasts or fiestas and gatherings. The locals even call the long binge of holiday parties and festivities as “Maraton Guadalupe-Reyes” because they start with the fiestas in as early as December 12 where locals celebrate a day of honoring the Virgin of Guadalupe and extend up to the 6th of January where locals celebrate the remembrance of Los Tres Reyes Magos or The Three Wise Men.
Their festive marathon does begin a bit earlier. Holiday festivity like the Annual Sabor a Cabo Food and Wine Festival is commonly celebrated in the first week of December. Cabo Christmas 2015 held the event last December 5 where there were live performances, palatable country food, craft beer fest, wine tasting and wine/art walk.
Mexico is a Christian country and their culture reflects it. From December 16th to 24th of this year, they celebrate “Las Posadas”. It is their way to commemorate the journey of Mary and Joseph from Nazareth to Bethlehem for nine days. Every night, there are candlelit processions, reenactments, and midnight mass. The most celebrated day is Christmas Eve or Noche Buena where locals attend a midnight mass, have a festive dinner and exchange gifts. For tourist and visitors, most resorts and restaurants would throw a special Christmas Dinner to enjoy.
The next holiday celebrated is called Holy Innocents Day or Childermas which is held every 28th of December. This holiday is the Mexican version of April Fool’s Day where jokes, pranks, tall tales, and hoaxes are prevalent. Be careful not to lend someone any money on this day. Why? Well, the tradition speaks that any debt incurred particularly on this day is not at all honored.
The next holiday is New Year’s Eve itself. Many locals and tourists would typically go out to enjoy parties, themed nights, masked carnivals, and magnificent firework displays. Most hotels in Los Cabos would collaborate to make this staple a reality. Their dazzling display bedazzles everyone as soon as the clock strikes 12 midnight.
Lastly, El Dia de Los Tres Reyes is celebrated. Unique treats common on this holiday is the sweet bread called Rosca de Reyes. If you want to try some of these goodies, you can buy them directly from local bakeries and nearby Starbucks. There are mini baby figures hidden inside Rosca de Reyes. If you are lucky to find one on your bread, tradition says that you will need to throw a Tamales party on Candlemas. Candlemas is celebrated on February 2nd and is the official date to end the Holiday season.
Although there are many holidays celebrated in Cabo San Lucas, one thing should not be forgotten; Christmas season is all about having time for devout observance and intimate gatherings with family and friends. The culture is about spending more time with your loved ones and sending love and gifts to one another. Have your perfect share of the experience when you spend vacation or relocate in Los Cabos. ¡Feliz Navidad y Próspero Año Nuevo!