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New Year's Eve in Mexico

New Year’s Eve (Fiesta de Fin de Año) is a festive occasion for millions of people in Mexico, as it is a time to say good bye to the year ending and to welcome the New Year.

Fireworks over Acapulco Bay, Mexico.
Fireworks over Acapulco Bay, Mexico.
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Celebrate New Year's Eve

Beaches like Acapulco and Cancun are packed with tourists from all over the world on New Year’s Eve. Parties and dinners are held to celebrate the night in anticipation of the New Year. 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 include: bacalao (dried, salted codfish); buñuelos (fried dough ball dessert); and ponche (fruit punch).

There are many superstitious activities that people do for fun. It is believed that dressing in certain colors will bring positivity:  white for spiritual goodness; green for good health; red for love; and yellow for wealth. One midnight tradition is to throw a bucket of water out the window for renewal in the New Year. Another is to sweep out old dust and sweep in coins for prosperity at home.

Public life

New Year’s Eve is an observance and not a public holiday in Mexico.

About New Year's Eve

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 Eve is a holiday with many traditions that is celebrated worldwide.

About New Year's Eve in other countries

Read more about New Year's Eve.

New Year's Eve Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday type
FriDec 312010New Year's EveObservance
SatDec 312011New Year's EveObservance
MonDec 312012New Year's EveObservance
TueDec 312013New Year's EveObservance
WedDec 312014New Year's EveObservance
ThuDec 312015New Year's EveObservance
SatDec 312016New Year's EveObservance
SunDec 312017New Year's EveObservance
MonDec 312018New Year's EveObservance
TueDec 312019New Year's EveObservance
ThuDec 312020New Year's EveObservance

Quick Facts

New Year’s Eve, on December 31, is the last day of the year.

New Year's Eve 2015

Thursday, December 31, 2015

New Year's Eve 2016

Saturday, December 31, 2016


Name in other languages

New Year's EveEnglish
Fiesta de Fin de AñoSpanish

List of dates for other years

Other holidays in December 2015 in Mexico

Fun Holiday on December 31, 2015

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