Enticing Mexican Festivities

Mexico is a destination that never disappoints and remains a top pick for Incentive Travel programs at all levels. With a range of hotel, resort and all-inclusive choices and ample activities, this destination has a charm that appeals to every demographic.

We create an authentic, luxury experience for our participants by offering a list of little known Mexican festivities that you may want to consider when booking your next Incentive trip in Mexico.


Although you may tend to think of Rio for Carnival, Mexico has it’s own version of Carnival celebrations that take place the last week of February every year. If you want to see an authentic Mexican Carnival event head to Mazitlan where you will find thousands taking to the streets in elaborate costumes.  The weeklong fête includes parades, balls and merriment going well into the early morning hours.

Dia de la Candelaria

The Dia de la Candelaria is celebrated each February 2nd across the county.  This gorgeous celebration is festooned with thousands candles and flowers of every color.  Families bring a dressed up baby Jesus as an offering of thanks for a blessed year.  In pre-Hispanic times, villagers would bring corn through the streets on February 2nd according to the Mayan calendar in exchange for a healthy harvest.

If you are lucky enough to be in Tlacotalpan, Veracruz at this time, you will see this festival complete, parades and delicious tamales.

Fiesta de Santa Cecilia

An entire festival centered on the patron saint of music is bound to be a great time! Every November in Mexico City, Plaza Garibaldi is transformed into an open-air party with various music styles playing throughout the day.  This party culminates with more than 500 musicians from all backgrounds singing Las Mañantas to the patroness of mariachis.  While in Mexico City, we recommend staying at Four Seasons Hotel Mexico, D.F. , The St. Regis Mexico City or any of the luxury resorts where you will experience the finest accommodations and service.

BPM Festival

And speaking of music, the BPM festival in Playa del Carmen kicks off each New Year with the largest dance music festival in the world.  Thousands of visitors travel to the area every year to take part in dance parties on one of the countries most beautiful Caribbean shorelines.  For a span of 10 days, festivalgoers enjoy 400 artists all while taking in the splendor of Riviera Maya.

From Cancun to Los Cabos, Mexico is a country of great heritage and an endless source of fascination for travelers.  Whether you’ve been once or several times, there is always something new to discover. JNR will incorporate authentic touches into your next Incentive program in Mexico or anywhere in the world you would like to go.

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Information based on A calendar of less-familiar festivities by Meagan Drillinger which was published in Travel Weekly in September 2016.


Written by Barbara Williamson


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