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Oil Expropriation Day in Mexico

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

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
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

Quick Facts

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.

Oil Expropriation Day 2016

Friday, March 18, 2016

Oil Expropriation Day 2017

Saturday, March 18, 2017


Name in other languages

Oil Expropriation DayEnglish
Expropiación PetroleraSpanish
Verstaatlichung der ÖlindustrieGerman

List of dates for other years

Other holidays in March 2016 in Mexico

Fun Holiday on March 18, 2016

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