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Teacher's Day in Mexico

Teachers’ Day (Día del Maestro), on May 15, is a special day when educators in Mexico are treated to a nationwide celebration. It's also a UN observance on October 5.

Is Teacher's Day a Public Holiday?

Teacher's Day is not a public holiday. Businesses have normal opening hours.

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Teachers in Mexico get a much deserved thanks and appreciation on May 15.
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Celebrate Teachers’ Day

All across Mexico, there are festivities to celebrate Teachers’ Day for teachers, teacher aides and other staff in the education system. At schools, teachers are showered with handmade presents, cards, poetry, and artwork. Students take part in singing and theatrical performances to show their appreciation on the day. Class parties are organized for professors and teaching staff at universities and colleges.

Public Life

Teachers’ Day is an official observance and not a federal public holiday in Mexico.

About Teachers’ Day

Mexico’s first Teachers’ Day was celebrated on May 15, 1918. There are 2 possible reasons for the choice of this date. Firstly, it is the date when the Mexican army, which supported President Benito Juarez, seized the city of Querétaro in central Mexico on May 15, 1867. Secondly, it is believed that students gathered to celebrate the birthday of a teacher named after Saint Isidore the Laborer who died on May 15.

Teacher's Day Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2010SatMay 15Teacher's DayObservance
2011SunMay 15Teacher's DayObservance
2012TueMay 15Teacher's DayObservance
2013WedMay 15Teacher's DayObservance
2014ThuMay 15Teacher's DayObservance
2015FriMay 15Teacher's DayObservance
2016SunMay 15Teacher's DayObservance
2017MonMay 15Teacher's DayObservance
2018TueMay 15Teacher's DayObservance
2019WedMay 15Teacher's DayObservance
2020FriMay 15Teacher's DayObservance

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