These are the official holidays and school vacations in Mexico for 2023


Next year includes seven official holidays, non-working days, and five bridges, in accordance with the Federal Labor Law and the Ministry of Public Education.

A new year begins and with it a handful of holidays and bridges for those who add the desire to travel, to recreate, to their goals. As of January 1, 2023, in addition, the recent modification to the Federal Labor Law (LFT) comes into force to double the days of work vacations . The reform will allow workers to have a minimum of 12 days off, against the current six, which may be taken continuously or, if the worker consents, in installments. This is the first alteration to the vacation statutes in more than half a century without changes in the current law.

What is permanent and what must be distinguished are the differences between the official holidays and those that only maintain a commemorative character indicated in the calendar. In other words, not all holidays in 2023 are resting. According to article 74 of the LFT, an official holiday is a mandatory rest, that is, non-working. On the other hand, the unofficial holiday marks a celebration that is not necessarily secular.

Official holidays in Mexico

Although, by official provision, some official dates that fall during the week can be moved to Monday, to be used as a bridge, there are specific days of the calendar that maintain their immovable commemorative nature. Next, the mandatory work and school days of rest are listed.

  • Sunday January 1: New Year
  • Monday, February 6: Mexican Constitution Day, first long weekend of 2023
  • Monday March 20: Birthday of Benito Juárez, second long weekend of 2023
  • Monday May 1: International Workers’ Day, third long weekend of 2023
  • Saturday September 16: Mexican Independence Day.
  • Monday November 20: Anniversary of the Mexican Revolution, fourth bridge of 2023
  • Monday December 25: Christmas, last long weekend of the year

Unofficial Holidays in Mexico

  • Thursday April 6: Holy Thursday
  • Friday April 7: Good Friday
  • Friday May 5: Battle of Puebla
  • Thursday, October 12: Columbus Day
  • Thursday, November 2: Day of the Dead
  • Tuesday December 12: Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe

Vacations and holidays for students and teachers of the SEP

  • January 27: School Technical Council Meeting
  • February 6: Mexican Constitution Day
  • March 20: Birthday of Benito Juárez
  • March 31: School Technical Council Meeting
  • April 3 to 14: Easter Holidays
  • April 28: School Technical Council Meeting
  • May 1: Labor Day
  • May 5th Battle of Puebla
  • May 15 teacher’s day
  • May 26: School Technical Council Meeting
  • June 30: School Technical Council Meeting

What happens if I have to work on an official holiday?

The Federal Labor Law makes it clear that workers are not required to provide services during official holidays. However, there are cases in which the employer requests the worker to cover the working day. If this is the case, the employer will have to pay his employee double the amount of a regular work day, as dictated by article 73 of said law.