Kid's Day in Mexico
Fiestas and parties are an important part of life in Los Cabos as well as other parts of Mexico. The country of Mexico is known for its strong family values and children are, of course, everyone’s favorites. April 30th is the national holiday dedicated to celebrate children. International Children’s Day is November 20th but due to the celebration of the Revolution on November 20th, in Mexico; Children’s Day is celebrated on April 30th. It is also know as “El Día del Niño”. According to a record displayed in a public notary in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, Mexico, Children’s Day was launched on May 8, 1916 in the city of Tantoyuca, Veracruz. This is not a statutory holiday so schools remain open. Most kindergartens and elementary schools cancel regular classes and have big parties instead, with piñatas and lots of candy. Children play traditional games like “Pin the Tail on the Donkey”. Some schools will actually have small carnivals on this day. Stores have large sales targeted at children or give away candy to children. Parents rush to the schools at closing time in order to pick up their youngsters and continue the party at home with friends and family. In the afternoon during the time of the “comida” which is the most important meal of the day, you will find entire families from biz abuela (great grandmother) to the tiniest baby sharing a meal. If downtown on this day do not be surprised if you see a small parade wending its way through town. You will very possibly hear announcements on the radio regarding children’s rights in Mexico. While not an official holiday per se, this is one of the lovely traditions found in Los Cabos
and all of Mexico that reinforces the importance of family. One of the advantages to spending time or living in Mexico is that Mexico has not lost its sense of values. Family comes first and that means extended family as well. No one in Mexico refers to a cousin as a first cousin, second cousin, first cousin once removed etc. A cousin is a cousin. Mexicans know the importance of taking time to “smell the coffee”. It is the journey through life, not the arrival at the destination that is important to Mexican families. It is important to understand the traditions and celebrations in this wonderful country you may be planning to make your new home. Mexico is a warm and loving country. Its people are welcoming to the outsider. Whether this is your first visit to Los Cabos or you are a frequent visitor, it is time to think about making this your second home site or retirement dream. Mexico, with the world's 13th largest GDP, is no longer a "Third World Country", but rather a fast growing, economically secure state. Los Cabos leads the way for investment opportunity. This area has the comprehensive infrastructure in place, world class hospitals and dental care, nonexistent crime, international airport, first class private bilingual schools and higher than average appreciation potential. Like many areas in Mexico there is large demand for full and part time retirement living and a lot of construction underway to meet this demand.