Last Sunday evening, my friend Alejandro and his family went to the Zócalo, Mexico City´s main plaza, to see the Independence Day decorations. The square was crowded with people, but not nearly as many people as will be there this Sunday. On the eve of Independence Day the President of Mexico appears on the balcony of the National Palace, and rings the bell which was rung 209 years ago initiating Mexico´s fight for freedom from Spain.
Here are some pictures that Alejandro sent me of the holiday lights.
The bell represented in lights is the bell which Father Miguel Hidalgo rang in the wee hours of the morning on September 16, 1810.
The eagle and the serpent, the emblem of Mexico
The two men pictured in lights are Ignacio Allende and José María Morelos, two other heroes of the War of Independence.
To my Mexican readers, happy Independence Day, and enjoy your weekend!