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What in the world are all the fireworks for---on May 1, I understand, but they went off all day May2 and have been going off on May 3--at first around midnight, then started up again at 3 a.m. What is the occasion? I live in San Juan Cosala but I can hear them going off farther away as well.

 

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For most Mexican holidays, it is the EVE of the holiday when much of the noisiest cohetes are lit, especially at midnight.  Today, Monday May 3 is Día de Santa Cruz, hence the noise makers late Sunday.  

While not a Legal holiday, Día de Santa Cruz is a big deal within the construction sector, which is the livelihood of many locals.  

While you'll see large crosses at construction sites today everywhere, if you take a walk through the Seis Esquinas neighborhood of Ajijic you will also see many altars outside of people's homes.  

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