Happy Indepedence Day my fellow Mexicans!!


Today September 16 is very special for two reasons:  Today  is Mexico’s independence day &  awesomely enough for me, it also happens to be my birthday!

Here is some brief history of Mexico’s Independence, the  Traditional “Cry” celebrated in Mexico on the night of Sept 15th at “EL ZOCALO”. This is also repeated in Mexican communities throughout the world.  Also  some videos of the beautifully gorgeous, & famed fireworks that are anxiously and joyfully expected by all each year.

ISN’T IT AMAZING!! The whole square is covered with Christmas type lights so it will sparkle for the Independence celebration. Wow!  They make: faces of Mexican historical figures out of them, our flag, an eagle& much more!  It’s so beautiful!

What is el Zocalo? The Zócalo is the main plaza or square in the heart of the historic center of Mexico City. The plaza used to be known simply as the “Main Square” or “Arms Square,” and today its formal name is “Constitution Square” (Plaza de la Constitución).[1] This name does not come from any of the Mexican constitutionsthat have governed the country but rather from the Cádiz Constitution which was signed in Spain in 1812. However, it is almost always called the “Zócalo” today. This word literally means “base” or “plinth”.     It has been a gathering place for Mexicans since Aztec times, having been the site of Mexica ceremonies, the swearing in of viceroys, royal proclamations, military parades, Independence ceremonies and modern religious events such as the festivals of Holy Week and Corpus Christi. It has received foreign heads of state and is the main venue for both national celebration and national protest.[3] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Zocalo

“No, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day.” –

http://timpanogos.wordpress.com/2009/09/16/el-grito-de-dolores-september-16-2009-edition/


In  1808, Napoleon invaded Spain, and decided to impose his brother José Bonaparte, as king of Spain (1808-1810).  The Criollosfound in this circumstance the opportunity to seek their independence form Spain.

Influenced by the concepts of liberty, equality and democracy proposed by the French philosophers Rousseau, Montesquieu, and Voltaire,  they decided to start a revolt.  It was 1810, and their plan was to start the war on the 2nd of October.  Unfortunately, their plans were discovered in early September. The movement was in trouble. They had two alternatives; either abandon their plans, or move faster and start the revolt immediately. Fortunately for our country they decided upon the second alternative.

In the early hours of September 16, 1810, father Hidalgo, accompanied by several conspirators –Iganacio Allende, Doña Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez–   rang the bell of his little church, calling everyone to fight for liberty.  This was the beginning of the Independence War, which lasted 10 years.-

http://www.inside-mexico.com/featureindep.htm

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At 11:00 pm on that September, 1910, President Porfirio Díaz stood on the main balcony of the National Palace, and once again rang the same bell Hidalgo had rung in Dolores. He shouted severalvivas: “Long Live the Heros of the Nation!” “Long Live the Republic!” Below him, in the majestic zócalo that, from the days of the Aztecs had been the ceremonial heart of the Mexican Nation, a hundred thousand voices shouted in reply “¡VIVA!”

But why had the President delivered this grito on the night of the September 15th rather than at dawn on September 16th, when it all really began? A minor historical licence: September 15 was the Day of Saint Porfirio (a Greek saint of the fourth century) and the birthday of President Poririo Díaz. http://www.mexconnect.com/articles/230-el-grito-september-15-or-16


At 11:00 p.m. the crowd becomes silent, as the president of Mexico steps out on the palace balcony, and rings the historic bell that Father Hidalgo rang to call the people. Then the president gives the Grito de Dolores. He shouts “¡Viva Mexico!” and “¡Viva la independencia!” and the crowd roars the words back at him.- http://www.mexgrocer.com/mexcocina-sep1.html


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Remember the post about “Pan Dulce Mexicano” (Mexican Sweet Bread)?  If not I suggest ya check it out 😉  Well if you did check it out, I think you’ll find this next little post kinda quirky & amusing.  If you love Mexican stuff, or  if you are in the market for cute accessories and or knick knacks or if you just love novelty items,  boy have I your fix! Hold on to your socks It’s PAN DULCE themed!! In my humble opinion they are just too awesome to pass up on!  Items available include: Make up bags, coin purses, and what I think  to be the piece de resistance : A BACKPACK!! Seriously these are way way wayyyyyyyyyyyyyy to cute & cool for words. The coin purses  come in Concha(Shell bread) Oreja(ear), & Puerquitos(Piggy cookies).  The conchas come in chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla. Conchas are also available in backpack form. The make up bag is a big yummy churro.  Also there are couch pillows available in choncha & empanada styles.  If you want to impress Mexican friends I think this is a really really cute, funny,  fun  way to. Or if you’re Mexican, this is a supermega chido way to represent. Seriously these are conversation starters, and other while definitely fawn over them & be green with envy. Guys, your girl will love them as a present! But enough yakity yak about them, let me post the awesome links and pictures now. P.S  Here is the cherry on top of it all!  The kicker!!! The true Highlight! They are delivered in real pink pastry boxes!! OMG! I’m so like way into this product, maybe I should marry it… Hmmm.. JK  =p

OK, ALL these “Sweet” products can be found on xochico.com Feel free to surf through the whole site or go directly to the items with the following links.

KEYCHAINS http://xochico.com/PD/KC/llaveros.html

BACKPACKS http://xochico.com/PD/BP/PDbp.html

COIN PURSES http://xochico.com/PD/Monederos/PDcoinP.html

PILLOWS http://xochico.com/PD/Cushions/PDcushions.html

MAKEUP BAG http://xochico.com/PD/MUB/Churro.html

FUZZIES(Mirror Hanging decor) http://xochico.com/PD/Fuzzies/PDfuzzies.html


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EMPANADA PILLOW

EMPANADA PILLOW

OREJA BREAD

OREJA BREAD

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CHURRO MAKEUP BAG

PUERQUITO COOKIE

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PUERQUITO COOKIE
REAL CONCHAS FOR REFRENCE & COMPARISON

REAL CONCHAS FOR REFERENCE & COMPARISON

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A CONCHA BACK PACK

CONCHAS REARVIEW MIRROR HANGIES

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CHOCOLATE CONCHA COIN PURSE & KEY CHAIN & PILLOW