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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.

Is New Year's Day a Public Holiday?

New Year's Day is a public holiday. It is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.

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

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2015ThuJan 1New Year's DayNational holiday
2016FriJan 1New Year's DayNational holiday
2017SunJan 1New Year's DayNational holiday
2018MonJan 1New Year's DayNational holiday
2019TueJan 1New Year's DayNational holiday
2020WedJan 1New Year's DayNational holiday
2021FriJan 1New Year's DayNational holiday
2022SatJan 1New Year's DayNational holiday
2023SunJan 1New Year's DayNational holiday
2024MonJan 1New Year's DayNational holiday
2025WedJan 1New Year's DayNational holiday

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