New York Latin Festival Features
The Easter Parade NYC 2023 is a Spring Spectacle of Joy
Sunday, April 9, 2023
Midtown | Midtown East, Manhattan
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New York Spring Flowers
Monday, March 20, 2023
The NYC St Patrick’s Day Parade 2023 Marches Up Fifth Avenue
ST PATRICK’S DAY
Friday, March 17, 2023
Midtown / Midtown East to
Central Park / Upper East Side
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May All the Colors Brighten Your Life on Holi, the South Asian Spring Festival of Colors
Wednesday, March 8, 2023
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad & Tobago 🇹🇹🇮🇳
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Celebrate Ghana Independence Day 2023!
Monday, March 6, 2023
Rio De Janeiro Carnival 2023 is Back in Full Bloom
Friday-Saturday, February 17-25, 2023
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil 🇧🇷
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Ponce Carnival 2023 is Puerto Rico’s Carnival
Saturday-Tuesday, February 18-21, 2023
PONCE, Puerto Rico 🇵🇷
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Barranquilla Carnival 2023 is One of the World’s Great Carnivals
Saturday-Tuesday, February 18-21, 2023
BARRANQUILLA, Colombia 🇨🇴
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Celebrate New Orleans Mardi Gras Carnival in January & February!
Friday, January 6, 2023
Tuesday, February 21, 2023
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Celebrate Lent, the Spiritual Preparation for Easter
Wednesday, February 22 – April 6, 2023
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Commemorate Ash Wednesday, From Dust to Dust
Wednesday, February 22, 2023
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Celebrate National Margarita Day!
Wednesday, February 22, 2023
New York Latin Festival News
New Year’s Day is Sunday, January 1, 2023. The bank holiday is Monday. 🇮🇹
Kwanzaa ends with a celebration of “Imani” (faith) on Sunday, January 1, 2023. 🇺🇸
Haitian Independence Day, one of the world’s greatest humanitarian achievements, is January 1, 1804. 🇭🇹
The Emancipation Proclamation says “all persons…shall henceforward shall be free” of January 1, 1863. 🇺🇸
Letra del año (Letter of the Year) is a Cuban Yoruba forecast of the year. 🇨🇺
Sudanese Independence Day is January 1, 1956. 🇸🇩
The Solemnity of Mary honors mothers and children on Sunday, January 1, 2023. 🇮🇹
Three Kings Day, the Hispanic gift-giving day and end of Christmas Season, is Friday, January 6, 2023! 🇵🇷🇪🇸
Elegúa, the Yoruba orisha of the crossroads, has his Cuban feast day on Friday, January 6, 2023. ¡Aché! 🇨🇺
Celebrate Las Octavitas, the octave (8-day celebration) of Three Kings Day, celebrated in Puerto Rico, Saturday, January 7-14, 2023. 🇵🇷
Celebrate Moroccan Independence Day on Wednesday, January 11, 2023. 🇲🇦
Martin Luther King’s Birthday is January 15. 🇺🇸
Martin Luther King Day U.S. holiday is Monday, January 16, 2023 (third Monday). 🇺🇸
Celebrate the Feast of Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia, patron saint of the Dominican Republic, on Saturday, January 21, 2023. 🇩🇴
New York State celebrates Dominican Heritage Month from Saturday, January 21 – February 27. 🇩🇴
Celebrate Lunar New Year 2023, the Asian spring festival, on Sunday, January 22, 2023. 🇨🇳🇰🇭🇰🇷🇰🇵🇯🇵🇲🇳🇵🇭🇸🇬🇹🇼🇹🇭🇺🇸
The Lunar New Year Firecracker Ceremony and Cultural Festival 2023 is a firecracker lighting ceremony with Chinese dance, culture, and food; at Sara D. Roosevelt Park at Grand St, in the Lower East Side / Manhattan Chinatown; on Sunday, January 22, 2023 from 11am – 3:30pm. FREE! 🇨🇳🇰🇭🇰🇷🇰🇵🇯🇵🇲🇳🇵🇭🇸🇬🇹🇼🇹🇭🇺🇸
Celebrate India Republic Day, January 26, 1950. (Indians are Latin in the Caribbean.) 🇮🇳
Never forget the UN’s Holocaust Remembrance Day when the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp was liberated by Soviet troops and the world could no longer deny the Holocaust (Shoah), on January 27, 1945. ✡️
February is Black History Month. 🇺🇸
Celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Candelaria, patron saint of Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain and the African Diaspora on Thursday, February 2, 2023. 🇪🇸
Celebrate Maman Brigitte, the Haitian Loa of death and life, on Thursday, February 2, 2023. 🇭🇹
Celebrate Grenada Independence Day, February 7, 1974. 🇬🇩
Celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, the healing Marian apparition, on Saturday, February 11, 2023. 🇫🇷
The 25th Lunar New Year Parade NYC 2023 has dragons dancing through Manhattan Chinatown to the Lower East Side on Sunday, February 12, 2023 at 1pm. FREE! 🇨🇳🇰🇭🇰🇷🇰🇵🇯🇵🇲🇳🇵🇭🇸🇬🇹🇼🇹🇭🇺🇸
Celebrate Galentines Day on Monday, February 13, 2023! You have everything you need, right inside your chest.
Celebrate Valentines Day, and the Roman saints conflated with romantic love, on Tuesday, February 14, 2023. 🇮🇹
Celebrate Las Comadres (Thursday before Carnival Tuesday), a women’s Carnival gathering in Asturia, Spain; Cochabamba & Tarija, Bolivia; and Arequipa, Peru. 🇪🇸🇧🇴🇵🇪
Celebrate Presidents Day (George Washington & Abraham Lincoln) on Monday, February 20, 2023. 🇺🇸
Celebrate Carnival (Carnival Tuesday/Mardi Gras) on Tuesday, February 21, 2023.
Celebrate Saint Lucian Independence Day on Wednesday, February 22, 2023. 🇱🇨
Celebrate National Margarita Day on Wednesday, February 22, 2023. 🇲🇽
Celebrate Dominican Independence Day, February 27, 1844. ¡Quisqueya! 🇩🇴
March is Women’s History Month. 🇺🇸
St Patrick’s Day is Friday, March 17, 2023. 🇮🇪
Spring Equinox is Monday, March 20, 2023.
Holy Week 2023 is Monday-Saturday, April 3-8, 2023 (varies). 🇮🇹
Passover 2023 is Wednesday-Thursday, April 5-13, 2023 (varies). ✡️
Maundy Thursday is April 6, 2023 (varies). 🇮🇹
Good Friday is April 7, 2023 (varies). 🇮🇹
Easter Sunday is April 9, 2023 (varies). 🇮🇹
May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. 🇺🇸
International Workers Day is May 1.
Cinco de Mayo is May 5. 🇲🇽
Mother’s Day 2023 in the USA is Sunday, May 14 (2nd Sunday).
George Floyd Day is May 25. 🇺🇸
Memorial Day 2023 U.S. holiday is Monday, May 29 (last Monday). 🇺🇸
June is Pride Month. 🏳️🌈
Father’s Day is Sunday, June 18, 2023.
Juneteenth celebrates the legal end of human slavery in the United States on Monday, June 19, 2023. 🇺🇸
Northern Summer Solstice is Wednesday, June 21, 2023.
US Independence Day 2023 is Tuesday, July 4, 2023 (U.S. holiday). 🇺🇸
Ecuadorian Independence Day is August 10. 🇪🇨
Indian Independence Day is August 15. 🇮🇳
Dominican Restoration Day is August 16. 🇩🇴
Uruguayan Independence Day is Friday, August 25, 2023. 🇺🇾
Labor Day is Monday, September 4, 2023. 🇺🇸
Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15 – October 15. 🇺🇸
Northern Fall Equinox is Saturday, September 23, 2023.
Broadway Musicals Day is Friday, September 29, 2023.
The Feast of Archangel Michael (Michaelmas) is Friday, September 29, 2023! 🇮🇹
Sukkot, the Jewish harvest festival of booths, is at sundown for one week from Friday, September 29 to Friday, October 6, 2023. ✡️
International Coffee Day celebrates the beloved Ethiopian drink on Sunday, October 1, 2023. 🇪🇹
Indigenous Peoples Day celebrates Native Americans on Monday, October 9, 2023. 🇺🇸
Italian Heritage Day (formerly
Columbus Day) is Monday, October 9, 2022. 🇮🇹
The 21st Open House New York 2023 is a weekend of open houses and tours at almost 300 buildings and infrastructure all over New York City, Friday-Sunday, October 20-23, 2023. Free.
[To be confirmed]
The 33rd Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade is in Tompkins Square Park in the East Village, on Saturday, October 21, 2023 at 1pm (Registration 12pm). FREE.
Halloween, an American celebration of Samhain (Celtic end of summer, end of harvest and new year), is Tuesday, October 31, 2023. 🇺🇸
Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a Mexican family celebration of life over three days, Tuesday-Thursday, October 31 – November 2, 2023. 🇲🇽
- Puerto Rican Heritage Month. 🇵🇷
- American Indian Heritage Month. 🇺🇸
Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), the Mexican family celebration of life, is Thursday, November 2, 2023. 🇲🇽
Veterans Day is Saturday, November 11, 2023. The bank holiday is Friday, November 10, 2023. 🇺🇸
Diwali, the West Indian and South Asian festival of lights, and Hindu New Year, Sunday-Thursday, November 12-16, 2023. The peak is November 15. (Indians are Latin through the Caribbean.) 🇮🇳🇹🇹
Thanksgiving Day, the U.S. harvest festival and celebration of family, is Thursday, November 23, 2023. 🇺🇸
Native American Heritage Day is Friday, November 24, 2023. 🇺🇸
Día de las Velitas, the Colombian festival of lights in anticipation of the church’s acceptance of the Immaculate Conception, is Thursday, December 7, 2023. 🇨🇴
The Feast of the Immaculate Conception marking the church’s acceptance of the divinity and equality of women, is Friday, December 8, 2023. 🇮🇹
International Tango Day is Carlos Gardel’s birthday on Monday, December 11, 2023. 🇦🇷🇫🇷🇺🇾
Las Mañanitas a nuestra Virgen de Guadalupe, Guadalupe’s traditional birthday eve celebration, is Monday, December 11, 2023. 🇲🇽
The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, patron saint of Mexico and icon of our mixed Latin identity, is Tuesday, December 12, 2023. 🇲🇽
The Feast of Babalú-Ayé, Cuban Yoruba orisha of sickness and healing, is Sunday, December 17, 2023. 🇨🇺
National Sangria Day celebrates the Iberian summer punch on Wednesday, December 20, 2023. 🇵🇹🇪🇸
Northern Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year, and ancient root of the northern winter holidays, is Thursday, December 21, 2023.
The Feast of Huitzilopochtli honors the supreme Aztec god on Thursday, December 21, 2023. 🇲🇽
Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights, is Sunday, December 18 – Monday, December 26, 2023. 🕎
Christmas Eve is Sunday, December 24, 2023. 🇮🇹
Christmas, the Christian celebration of the birth of Christ, is Monday, December 25, 2023. 🇮🇹
Kwanzaa, the African American holiday tradition, is Tuesday, December 27, 2022 – Sunday, January 1, 2023. 🇺🇸
New Year’s Eve is Sunday, December 31, 2023. 🇮🇹
Celebrate Watch Night, the African American tradition of spending New Year’s Eve in church, waiting for the anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, on Sunday, December 31, 2023.
About New York Latin Festivals
In traditional cultures, festivals are important community events. Latin people includes everyone, so we have a lot to celebrate.
Many festivals have a religious origin. All religions seek to make sense of the miracle of life that we all share. We are often taught to see our differences, when in fact our similarities are far more striking. Religious tolerance is an essential part of being a New Yorker.
We don’t represent any religion
We write about faith in the hope that sharing traditions leads to the discovery of our common humanity. Whatever way makes sense to you, may you and your family be blessed.
In the northern hemisphere, Winter Solstice is the root of the December and January holidays, and probably the most important ancient day. Most cultures celebrate their chief deity around the Winter Solstice.