Benito Juarez's Birthday in Mexico in 2020

Benito Juarez's Birthday in Mexico in 2020
  How long until Benito Juarez's Birthday?
This holiday next takes place in 177 days.
  Dates of Benito Juarez's Birthday in Mexico
2021 Mexico Mon, Mar 15 Statutory Holiday
2020 Mexico Mon, Mar 16 Statutory Holiday
2019 Mexico Mon, Mar 18 Statutory Holiday
2018 Mexico Mon, Mar 19 Statutory Holiday
2017 Mexico Mon, Mar 20 Statutory Holiday
  Summary
A public holiday that celebrates the Birthday of Benito Juarez, a 19th century president and statesman who stood against the French intervention in Mexico

When is Birthday of Benito Juárez Day?

This national holiday is celebrated in Mexico on the third Monday in March, as enshrined in Article 74 of the Mexican labour law.

This public holiday celebrates the Birthday of Benito Juárez, a 19th-century president and statesman who stood against the French intervention in Mexico.

History of Birthday of Benito Juárez Day

Born on 21 March 1806, Benito Juárez is today remembered as a reformer dedicated to democracy, reducing the influence of the Catholic Church in Mexican politics, campaigning for equal rights for indigenous peoples and promoting the defence of national sovereignty.

Juárez had a very humble start to life. He was an indigenous Zapotec who became an orphan when he was only four years old, he worked as a shepherd, speaking Zapotec and unable to read or write. He moved to Oaxaca City when he was 13, where he learned to speak, read and write Spanish, studied law and got married.

He entered politics in 1834, serving as a city councilman in Oaxaca. Over the next two decades, he rose through the political system, until he was elected President.

He became the 26th President of Mexico, holding office from 15 January 1858 until 18 July 1872.

Benito Juárez lived during one of the most important and tumultuous periods of Mexican history, considered by many historians as the consolidation of the nation as a republic. Juárez marked a watershed in the nation's history, being a premier figure in this time.

It is a reflection on his importance to Mexico, that Benito Juárez is the only Mexican to have his own national holiday.

Indeed, the period of his leadership is known in Mexican history as 'La Reforma' (the reform), and marked a political and social revolution with major constitutional consequences.

All schools will close, as will banks and government offices. Many stores will be closed, but most supermarkets will remain open.

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