Mexico is one of the brightest, most colorful countries in South America. The cradle of the most mysterious civilization – the Incas, excites the imagination of travelers from around the world. Many legends and religious rites are associated with Mexico, but attention is attracted by the culture of the locals. A huge number of holidays, festivals and events will make an unforgettable adventure out of any trip to Mexico that happens only once in a lifetime.
Do not forget to take care of car rental in advance. Mexico is an interesting country, but not the safest (it is still in Latin America). Trust local car rental firms are not worth it. More profitable and less troublesome will be to take advantage of international rental companies that have managed to prove their reliability. Find them will not be difficult – in the mass of mass offers. You can always choose a budget car for rent, where you can travel along and across dusty Mexican roads.
Carnival in Mexico
The Mexican national carnival sweeps across the country – almost all the cities at this time turn into open areas for dancing and fun. On the scale of the holiday can be compared only with the carnival of Rio de Janeiro. A week before the Catholic Lent, dance groups in national costumes come out onto the streets of cities, music is heard everywhere, and crowds of tourists stroll from one side to the other. Usually, a carnival in Mexico is held in February, and in some cases in March.
Day of the Dead
Mexican Halloween alternative is held on a similar scale, if not bigger. However, there is still some difference in these two holidays – Mexicans take to the streets to honor the memory of dead friends and relatives. The origins of the day of all the dead in Mexico are rooted in Aztec and Mayan times. Today the holiday is celebrated according to the tradition of November 1 and 2. Ceremonial events are held mainly at night and are more entertaining in nature than mourning.
The name of this holiday sounds rather strange not only for tourists, but also by Mexican standards. It all starts with the night before Christmas, when the area of the town called Oaxaca turns into a stage for a huge number of sculptures. They are made, as is clear from the name of the celebration, from radishes. They grow them specially for the holiday, and the locals do their best to ensure that they take the most bizarre forms and reach gigantic proportions. The tradition appeared only in 1889, when radishes were decorated with coniferous branches and flowers on the streets of the city. The holiday lasts only a few hours, but during this time you can have time to see the most unusual form of roots and feel the Mexican spirit.
This is only a small part of the holidays and events in Mexico – for the most part they all relate to ancient traditions and will be of interest to any tourist.