Festivities in Mexico City

Festivities in Mexico CityDecember is the month when visitors can witness Mexican religious traditions through different celebrations taking place around the country. Mexico City is definitely the place to be to enjoy Mexican festivities such as the famous "Posadas" and "Pastorelas," processions that recreate Joseph and Mary's journey to Bethlehem, in which people holding candles go door to door to seek shelter. Festivities include piñatas, Christmas caroling and special foods and sweets. These celebrations occur from December 16th to the 24th.

Without a doubt, one of the most important holidays in Mexico, celebrated every December 12th, is the nation's commemoration to Our Lady of Guadalupe. The Virgin of Guadalupe is considered the Mother of all Mexicans and the Empress of the Americas. The Virgin of Guadalupe's celebration remembers her appearances to Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin on the hill of Tepeyac near Mexico City between December 9th, 1531 and December 12th, 1531. From the early morning of December 12th, the Virgin is celebrated with mariachis, readings and prayer. People come from as far away as the Philippines on pilgrimages for this special event.

The Basilica de Guadalupe is the second most visited pilgrimage site in the Catholic world, after the Vatican City. Every year, an estimated 10 million pilgrims come to venerate the mysterious image. Although the 500-year-old image has been a controversial topic and many scientists have conducted numerous tests on it, in 1921 it survived a bomb that destroyed the shrine.

A great option for lodging in Mexico City, about 30 minutes away by car from the Basilica de Guadalupe is The Best Western Majestic Hotel in the Zocalo, Mexico City's main square, where the National Palace, the Metropolitan Cathedral and the City Hall Buildings are located.

The Mexico City Museums

The Mexico City Museums - Mexico City has one of the largest numbers of museums in the world and more than 100 exhibition halls which host important collections of art, history and archeology amongst others.

Distrito Federal Mexico City
Distrito Federal Mexico City is located in Mexico’s central region in a valley with a magnificent backdrop of two volcanoes: Popocatepetl and Iztaccihuatl. The nation’s capital has a pleasant climate with an average year-round temperature of 22º C (72º F).