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The Top Five Festivals in Mexico

Mexico is a rich and historical country that is known not only for its unique Latin flavors, but for the great sense of fun and life that reverberates through its people, who know plenty about throwing a great fiesta. For those looking to escape to this scenic and thrilling part of the world, and are after the ultimate in a good party, here are five of the top festivals in Mexico that you won’t want to miss:

1. Festival de Mexico

This huge and energetic festival takes place in the heart of the Federal District and operates across 50 different sites that host shows ranging from dance and theatre, to music and art. With internationally renowned acts travelling to this acclaimed event from all over the world, the two-week mid-March extravaganza makes for the perfect late winter escape for anyone after a little sunshine and fun.

2. Day of the Dead
Many cultures throughout the world have days when they celebrate and remember their departed, but none are quite as mesmerizing as Mexico’s Day of the Dead, an event rooted in the region’s indigenous history and culture. The best place to travel to for this celebration is Patzcuaro, where large crowds gather on November 1st and 2nd.

3. Fiesta de Octubre

For those after a taste of Mexico’s modern art and music, the Festival de Octubre in Guadalajara brings together a mix of the region’s and the world’s best alternative rockers and artists for a month-long party. The region is also famed for its Tequila and mariachi, should that be of interest.

4. Festival Internacional Cervantino

This fiesta takes place in one of the country’s most scenic colonial town, Guanajuato, and originally was set-up to celebrate the famed Spanish author Miguel Cervantes, who penned Don Quijote. Today it is one of the largest and most celebrated art festivals in the whole of Latin America.

5. Morelia International Film Festival

A progressive film-festival set during mid-October in the quaint town of Morelia, the Morelia International Film Festival is specifically set up to display documentaries as well as first and second-time works by some of the best new Mexican filmmakers. The town itself is filled with an eclectic mix of bars and squares where visitors gather and meet for drinks and to enjoy the films.

If you’re looking to book your holidays, consider travelling to one of these grand Mexican Fiestas, which will be like nothing you’ve ever seen before.

Image by David Boté Estrada used under the Creative Commons license.

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