Unlike some other Latin American countries, Mexico has no official religion, and the Constitution of 1917 and the anti-clerical laws imposed limitations on the church and sometimes codified state intrusion into church matters. The government does not provide any financial contributions to the church, and the church does not participate in public education. However, Christmas is a national holiday and every year during Easter all schools in Mexico, public and private, send their students on vacation.
n 1992, Mexico lifted almost all restrictions on the Catholic Church and other religions, including granting all religious groups legal status, conceding them limited property rights, and lifting restrictions on the number of priests in the country. Until recently, priests did not have the right to vote, and even now they cannot be elected to public office.
Non Catholics – About 6% of the population (more than 4.4 million people) is Protestant, of whom Pentecostals and Charismatics (called Neo-Pentecostals in the census), are the largest group (1.37 million people). While most indigenous Mexicans are Catholic, some combine or syncretize Catholic practices with native traditions. In the Yucatán Peninsula, some few Mayan peoples still practice the traditional beliefs of their people, without being syncretized with Christianity, but these are not numerous. Almost three million people in the 2000 National Census reported having no religion.