Carnival Time in Cozumel

carnival cozumelThe Carnival is an eagerly-awaited annual event that metamorphosed from the Greek celebration of Dionysus and Catholic Lent. At its heart, the Carnival in Cozumel is a time to celebrate life and excess. During these festive days there are parades of intricate floats and costumed dancing Cozumeleños, stage shows with dancing and music, and a huge party along the downtown part of the Melgar. Local shops offer drinks, snacks and meals with chairs out on the pavement so that customers will not miss any of the shows, and every year a newly-appointed Royal Court takes a ride atop the parade floats decked in the most detailed and vibrant costumes.

Christmas Season on Cozumel Island

Christmas in CozumelChristmas in Cozumel is a surreal time of year when the tropical palm trees sport twinkling colored lights and families celebrate the holiday on the beach. As part of a largely Catholic country, the Mexican residents put up brightly decorated crosses, pictures of Jesus and Mary, and adorn their homes with strands of Christmas lights. The municipal government adds to the bright displays with signs and lights down the length of the Melgar and throughout the Centro area. Church doors are thrown open during Christmas week to welcome in guests to hear traditional Catholic and Christian readings and to allow them to participate in the festivities. For tourists this is a wonderful time of year as well; cruise ships are docked at the port, restaurants and bars are open and local ex-pats plan special dinners to celebrate the season.