Wednesday, September 17, 2008


Yesterday (Tuesday) was Mexico's Independence Day : Like in the States there are parades, picnics, fire works and speeches. Only here we go all out when there is something to celebrate!! The holiday actually begins the evening of the night before. So on Monday night at 11pm things are starting to happen. All evening people have been gathering in our central square, called Plaza Revolucion. People come early with coolers full of food and cold libations. Before too long a band or two or three will show up, set up, turn their speakers high enough that they can be heard in the next galaxy!! No two bands play the same songs much less the same kind of music. See that way there is something to please every one!! Right about 11pm (this is Mexico and here time is very fluid :c} ) on the evening of Sept. 15th the highest ranking town leader will reenact the cry for independence. Here in Mazatlan it is the municipality President (mayor) In the smaller towns and villages it would either be their Mayor or elected leader. Here is alittle blurb LW wrote on the background of the ceremony:
Dieciséis de Septembre
September 16 is Independence Day in Mexico. This is one of the biggest national holidays, and similar to The Fourth of July in the United States.
On this date in 1810 the revolution seeking independence from Spain began in the town of Dolores. Father Miguel Hidalgo rang the church bell, calling in the people. He was seeking their help in the overthrow of the Spanish rulers. At the end of his speech he shouted "Viva Mexico!" and "Viva la independencia!" This shout came to be called "El Grito."
On the evening of September 15, in small towns and cities throughout Mexico, people will gather in their main plaza, usually in front of the Municipal Palace. At 11:00 pm the mayor will ring a bell similar to father Hidalgo’s and shout the "El Grito de Dolores." "Viva Mexico!" "Viva la independencia!" The people then join him in repeating the Grito and shouting the names of the heroes of the revolution. No Mexican holiday is complete without fireworks, which start immediately after.

The city wide parade begins on the morning of Ind. Day. Everyone can and does march. All the schools are represented. Here all school kids wear uniforms public or private. And each school has it's own uniform. Then there is every branch of the military, plus horses, bands and government offices represented.
Independence Day celebrates the first time Mexico fought for it's Independence from another country's control,... Spain. In the middle of the 19th century there was the "Revolution" to throw out the French. Then at the beginning of the 20th century along with dealing with their own civil war the US laid claim to more of the northern part of the country. All through history because of Mexico's natural resources and riches it's people have been forced to protect their country.

The up date on the Jacket project. I have one completed and down to the binding, lace and tarnished bling on the other. Here's hoping I won't have to sleep sitting at my sewing table tonight!! :c{ Here's a little peek just so you know I do have one really done and it's not just a figment of my slightly demented mind :c}

Time to fill up my glass with some ice tea and set the sewing machine on over drive. Have a good day or night in Bloglandia depending on what part of the world you are in!! :c}


Nancy said...

Pattie! You forgot to mention some of those pictures were from my blog so I'll mention it here!



Charmingdesigns said...

The jacket is beautiful. I dont know how to do it...but when you leave a comment, your blog isn't highlighted so people cant link back to you, when you leave a comment somewhere.Thanks for the wonderful pictures. Laurie

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