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Oil Expropriation Day in Mexico

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Oil Expropriation Day serves as a national reminder of when Mexican president Lázaro Cárdenas proclaimed the expropriation of all mineral and oil reserves in Mexico.

Local names

NameLanguage
Oil Expropriation DayEnglish
Expropiación PetroleraSpanish
Verstaatlichung der ÖlindustrieGerman

Oil Expropriation Day 2014

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Oil Expropriation Day 2015

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
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Mexicans remember Oil Expropriation Day (Día de la Expropiación Petrolera) as the day that the country’s oil fields were nationalized on March 18, 1938.

Oil - used for cooking and other daily activities in countries like Mexico.

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Celebrate Oil Expropriation Day

Some Mexicans in the oil and gas industry celebrate Oil Expropriation Day with events to honor the sovereignty and national ownership of oil resources.

Public life

Oil Expropriation Day is a national observance in Mexico.

About Oil Expropriation Day

With oil being one of Mexico’s important resources, Mexican president Lázaro Cárdenas nationalized all oil reserves, facilities and oil companies on March 18, 1938. This was done in the best interest of Mexicans. Mexican state-owned petroleum company Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX) was established shortly after.

Oil Expropriation Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday type
SunMar 181990Oil Expropriation DayObservance
MonMar 181991Oil Expropriation DayObservance
WedMar 181992Oil Expropriation DayObservance
ThuMar 181993Oil Expropriation DayObservance
FriMar 181994Oil Expropriation DayObservance
SatMar 181995Oil Expropriation DayObservance
MonMar 181996Oil Expropriation DayObservance
TueMar 181997Oil Expropriation DayObservance
WedMar 181998Oil Expropriation DayObservance
ThuMar 181999Oil Expropriation DayObservance
SatMar 182000Oil Expropriation DayObservance
SunMar 182001Oil Expropriation DayObservance
MonMar 182002Oil Expropriation DayObservance
TueMar 182003Oil Expropriation DayObservance
ThuMar 182004Oil Expropriation DayObservance
FriMar 182005Oil Expropriation DayObservance
SatMar 182006Oil Expropriation DayObservance
SunMar 182007Oil Expropriation DayObservance
TueMar 182008Oil Expropriation DayObservance
WedMar 182009Oil Expropriation DayObservance
ThuMar 182010Oil Expropriation DayObservance
FriMar 182011Oil Expropriation DayObservance
SunMar 182012Oil Expropriation DayObservance
MonMar 182013Oil Expropriation DayObservance
TueMar 182014Oil Expropriation DayObservance
WedMar 182015Oil Expropriation DayObservance
FriMar 182016Oil Expropriation DayObservance
SatMar 182017Oil Expropriation DayObservance
SunMar 182018Oil Expropriation DayObservance
MonMar 182019Oil Expropriation DayObservance
WedMar 182020Oil Expropriation DayObservance

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