May 15th, “Día del Maestro”

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 5th).

Events and observations associated with the holidays we list may be canceled or otherwise affected due to measures taken to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Please check with event organizers for details.

Is Teacher’s Day a Public Holiday?

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

Teachers in Mexico get a much deserved thanks and appreciation on May 15.©iStockphoto.com/Vepar5

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.

Happy Teacher’s Day to all the “maestros” in Mexico!

The Yucatan Times
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