8 Traditions And Customs Of Campeche

Campeche is a state of the Mexican Republic and it is without a doubt one of the most beautiful and traditional states of this country. 
Campeche is located in the southeast of Mexico and borders the States of Yucatán to the North, with the State of Quintana Roo to the East and with the countries of Guatemala and Belize to the South.

The capital of this State is called San Francisco de Campeche and it is also the city with the largest population in Campeche. 
It is one of the most traditional Mexican States and that is why in this article, I want to tell you a little more about the 5 traditions and customs that have made Campeche a recognized and touristic place.

Campeche Cathedral

While many think that Campeche is similar to the rest of Mexico, with the traditional vendors of snacks in the streets and with a rhythm of life similar to that of other cities in Mexico, the truth is that Campeche has a lot of culture and family traditions, which make to this State in a very original place.

Traditions and customs of Campeche

Weekly traditional meals

One of the most notorious traditions of the “Campechanos” is to eat the same food on certain days of the week.

Yes, you read that correctly, the people who live in Campeche are used to eating the same dishes during the week and apparently they are not bored of the routine.

Mondays are known as “Pot Day”, Thursdays is steak casserole day, Fridays is fresh fish day and Saturday night is “Chocolomo” day, which is a broth of meat and kidneys.

Black Christ of San Roman

Black Christ of San Roman. Source: Catedrales e Iglesias / Cathedrals and Churches, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The arrival of the Black Christ of San Román is one of the oldest traditions in Campeche, since it has been carried out since 1565.

This custom is celebrated during September 13 and 29 of each year and it can be said that it is the beginning of other celebrations and traditions in the State of Campeche, since this party is celebrated with serenades, contests, cattle shows, sales of crafts, fireworks and sports. .

Polkeken party

Polkeken party. Source: GerardoValdezSanchez, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The Polkeken Festival is another tradition of the Campechanos, which is celebrated on January 6 in the city of Lerma.

The Dances of the Rooster and the Pig are the most outstanding dances of this show and it is an event where women dress in traditional costumes from this region of Mexico.

Campeche Carnival

Campeche Carnival is also a traditional event, celebrated for more than 450 years.

This tradition takes place during the month of February or the month of March, depending on the climate and the organization of the premises.

The queen of Campeche and the “Ugly King” are crowned during this festival and you can also enjoy a parade of floats, colorful costumes, rides, traditional food and much more.

All Saints’ Day

The All Saints Festival is celebrated every year in Campeche, during October 30 and November 2.

This tradition includes religious ceremonies, offerings and visits to the pantheons, as well as altars with flower arrangements in the homes of the Campechanos.

Drinks and traditional foods of this State are also offered in the altars and consumed by all.

The cumbia

Cumbia is one of the most popular musical genres nationwide. It has had special development in the Mexican southeast, especially in the regions of Veracruz, Tabasco and Campeche, where it is also known as chunchaca. Some of the most famous cumbia groups in Campeche have been Los Socios del Ritmo or Chucho Pinto y sus Kassino.

Beach days

Sunset on the Malecón de Campeche

Campeche has more than 500km of coastline, some of its beaches are really beautiful and placid to enjoy. There are few things more typical among Campechanos than getting the whole family together and spending a day at the beach or at the spa.

Painter tuesday

Source: Adam Whitlock devlife411, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

The pintadera is one of the most interesting and fun traditions that the Campeche carnival offers. It consists of launching water or paint balloons among all participants, including runners who participate in popular races.

Although it is true that it is a tradition that is being lost, there are several groups that fight to maintain this ancient tradition.


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