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New Year's Day in Mexico

New Year’s Day (Año Nuevo) is a public holiday in Mexico on January 1 and marks the start of the New Year.

New Year's hat on the sand in Cozumel, Mexico.
New Year's hat on the sand in Cozumel, Mexico.
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Celebrate New Year's Day

Fireworks are lit and champagne glasses are toasted at the stroke of midnight between New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. “Feliz Año Nuevo!” is often the first expression that is shared among friends and family on January 1 – it simply means “Happy New Year”.

Celebratory meals that are eaten on New Year's Eve and reheated on New Year's Day include: bacalao (dried, salted codfish); buñuelos (fried dough ball dessert); and ponche (fruit punch). It is common for family and friends to get together later during the day to eat the leftovers (recalentado).

Public Life

New Year’s Day is a national public holiday in Mexico. Banks, schools, government offices and many businesses are closed. People intending on travelling via public transport in Mexico should check with public transit authorities on any timetable or route changes.

About New Year's Day

New Year’s Day, January 1, marks the start of the year in the Gregorian calendar, which is used in many countries. New Year’s Day is a holiday that is celebrated worldwide.

About New Year's Day in other countries

Read more about New Year's Day.

New Year's Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday Type
FriJan 12010New Year's DayNational holiday
SatJan 12011New Year's DayNational holiday
SunJan 12012New Year's DayNational holiday
TueJan 12013New Year's DayNational holiday
WedJan 12014New Year's DayNational holiday
ThuJan 12015New Year's DayNational holiday
FriJan 12016New Year's DayNational holiday
SunJan 12017New Year's DayNational holiday
MonJan 12018New Year's DayNational holiday
TueJan 12019New Year's DayNational holiday
WedJan 12020New Year's DayNational holiday

Quick Facts

New Year’s Day, on January 1, is the first day of the year.

New Year's Day 2016

Friday, January 1, 2016

New Year's Day 2017

Sunday, January 1, 2017

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Name in other languages

NameLanguage
New Year's DayEnglish
Año NuevoSpanish
NeujahrstagGerman

Alternative name

Dia de la Sagrada Familia

List of dates for other years

Other holidays in January 2017 in Mexico

Fun Holiday on January 1, 2017

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