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There’s a fiesta, fair or major happening going on somewhere in Mexico every day of the year. The Reporter has compiled a month-by-month run down of major dates to mark on the 2013 calendar.

Official national holidays (highlighted below in bold type) fall on January 1, the first Monday in February, the third Monday in March, May 1, September 16, the third Monday in November and December 25.

Banks, schools, government offices and some businesses shut down operations on such occasions. They may also close for major local celebrations.

Federal labor laws grant salaried workers, both public and private, a day off with regular pay on all of these dias de asueto (statutory holidays). Employees who do work on these dates are entitled to their full daily wages plus double time for the hours worked.

The remaining calendar listings indicate important civic commemorations, religious celebrations and other events coming up in the Guadalajara metro area or nationwide over the next 12 months. Those marked with an asterisk (*) change dates from year to year.

January 1: Año Nuevo (New Year’s Day)

January 6: Dia de los Santos Reyes  (Three Kings Day-Epiphany)

January 17: San Antonio Abad  (St. Anthony the Abbot) - blessing of farm animals

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