Passion Play of Iztapalapa; Good Friday: Of all the lavish Semana Santa (Easter week) processions, the Passion Play in Mexico City’s Iztapalapa neighbourhood is one of the most memorable. Thousands of devout Catholics drag wooden crosses through the streets, ending at Cerro de la Estrella hill where it ends in a mock crucifixion.
Independence Day; September 16: Known locally as the Cry of Dolores, an event that proclaimed the start of Mexico’s war for independence from Spain, this annual event is accompanied by impassioned celebrations involving fireworks and patriotism.
Day of the Dead; November 2: Death is not so much feared in Mexico as accepted as an inseparable part of living. As such, Mexicans honour the dead by focussing on what they achieved in life. Expect general gaiety and graveyards dressed up to look like village fetes.