Despite the inflation caused by the increase in food and toy prices, families in Merida will make an additional effort this Sunday to see a smile on their children’s faces during the celebration of Children’s Day.
According to the National Association of Small Traders (ANPEC), inflation will cause families to spend at least 300 pesos per child to pamper them on their day.
Berenice is the mother of two young children who are in third grade of preschool and second grade of primary school. She said that next Sunday will be a day dedicated to family bonding, and the activities will depend on the decision of her little ones.
“Normally, they choose to go to the mall to take a walk and eat hamburgers or pizza. We will also buy them gifts,” she commented.
Alejandro Solis has an 11-year-old daughter who prefers outdoor activities. In past years, they have celebrated Girls’ Day at Centenario, and this time they will visit Animaya, where they also hope to eat as a family.
“What we try to do is to take advantage of that day to spend time with family. Fortunately, this time it falls on a Sunday, but that also means that all places will be super crowded,” he said.
Cinthia said that her memories of Children’s Day are very beautiful, so since her first daughter was born, they celebrate this commemoration by pampering their little one. In 2023, they chose Pig Beach in Progreso as their destination and will look for a restaurant on the Yucatecan coast for lunch.
“We are going to take them for a walk to get to know the pig beach in Progreso, we already have it planned, and we will eat whatever they ask for because it is the day for them to choose,” she said.
Although they indicated that it is difficult to make the expense for a family of four, parents emphasized that it is a date that cannot go unnoticed, especially because everyone talks about Children’s Day at school.
“It’s a little tight because everything is getting more expensive. When you have one child, it’s easy. In my case, there are two, but when you have more, it is very complicated, but it is worth seeing them happy,” Berenice added.
Every year is different, sometimes things are accessible, and other times they are not. In my case, we prefer to stay at home, order something to eat, and watch a movie together, to not spend too much. But if you go out, I think you do spend more than 300 pesos per child,” said Maria Victoria.
“It is true that toys are getting more expensive, but the gift cannot be missing. One can look for something out there that is not so expensive because I think that children wait for it all year with great anticipation, and the goal is to give it to them as a show of love,” Alejandro Solis replied.
For this Sunday, April 30th, the National Chamber of Commerce, Services and Tourism (CANACO-SERVYTUR) stated that only in Merida, they expect to raise 700 million pesos in economic revenue for the celebration of Children’s Day.