Latin America Public Holidays
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Latin America, the Spanish-speaking areas of Central and South America, is a region of lush cloud forests, towering mountains, and lovely bodies of water. While Latin America certainly has its share of beautiful sights, it also has many festivals and holidays that honour diverse cultures.
Catholicism is the predominant religion in Latin America. Due to many years of colonisation by the Spanish and other European powers, the indigenous people of Latin America were converted by Catholic missionaries. As a result of these Catholic conversions, Christmas, Easter, and Good Friday are popular holidays in Mexico, Venezuela, and numerous other Latin countries.
In addition to Catholic holidays, indigenous religious celebrations are famous in many areas of Mexico and Central America. Mayan and Aztec traditions are still prevalent in Latin America. In some cases, the indigenous traditions have merged with the imported Catholic beliefs. For example, local Mayan traditions and Catholic beliefs have combined at San Cristobal de la Casas. The Day of the Dead is a famous Mexican holiday that has combined indigenous beliefs with Catholic Christianity.
Many outsiders are surprised when they realise that the small trade hubs of Trinidad, Guyana, and Tobago have significant Islamic celebrations. Due to hundreds of years of trading and migration, these areas of Latin America offer festivals that are commonly found in Africa and the Middle East.
Socialist political revolutions have also defined the cultures of several Latin American nation-states. The Cuban Revolution is the most famous Latin American political movement, but socialist revolts haves also dominated Venezuela, Chile, and several other countries.
Since Latin America was once ruled by the colonial powers of Europe, it is natural that independence movements are celebrated in Cuba, Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. These Latin American independence celebrations are patriotic events, and nearly all of them are celebrated in September, October, or November.
Be inspired as you discover the holidays and festivals that make Mexico, Central America, and South America so rich in colour, celebration, and meaning. Simply choose your home country or the country you are travelling to from the list of Latin American countries below. If you have any questions along the way, you can always get a quick answer by asking our team on Facebook.