Día de la Santa Cruz {Construction Worker Day}


There is always something to celebrate here in Mexico.  Between national holidays and local and religious celebrations, there's pretty much something to celebrate every single day.  Especially in May.  Here are just a few of the holidays celebrated this month:

  • May 1:   Día del Trabajo (Mexican Labor Day)
  • May 3:   Día de la Santa Cruz (Day of the Holy Cross) 
  • May 5:   Cinco de Mayo (Anniversary of the Battle of Puebla) (This is NOT Mexican Independence Day!) 
  • May 10: Día de las Madres (Mother's Day)
  • May 15: Día del Maestro (Teacher's Day)
  • May 23: Día del Estudiante (Student's Day) (For teens who are too old to celebrate Día del Niño)
And those are just the ones I remember off the top of my head.  I'm sure I missed a couple.  

As you can see, today is Día de la Santa Cruz.  What many people don't know is that this celebration is also known as Día del Albañil (Construction Worker's Day).

To celebrate their special day, los albañiles get the day off from work, WITH pay!  (Very few people get to take a day off with pay here in Mexico.)  In our small town, it's customary for the owners of the construction sites where these guys are working to host a Carne Asada with lots of beer and tequila, just for their workers.

So ladies, if you've been looking for an excuse to hug that hunky construction worker, today is the day!  Just tell them that it's in honor of El Día del Albañil.  

Muchas felicidades to all of the albañiles (construction workers) on their day!



  1. Yes, I often wonder why they even try to have classes here during May.  Kids are out of school half the month! lol  I didn't know about today's holiday.  I guess I'd better go make some cookies for the guys working at the site next door.  :^)

  2. Yeah i remember...