Mexico at 200: The Young Generation Young Composers & Tomorrow’s Icons


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From Q2music Alondra de la Parra @alondradlp hosts 2 centuries of Mexican symphonic music. 8pm to midnight on Q2, or stream now !         http://www.wqxr.org/articles/q2-music/2010/may/28/mexico-200-younger-generation/

Night of the Bicentennial Celebrations Mexico (Videos)


The “Colossus” being raised. The “Colossus” is a statute representing every Mexican.

In case you missed the awesome Bicentennial party, you can get the inside scoop and find pics & vids of the extraordinary celebration at http://www.bicentenario.gob.mx/

Mex Bicentennial Flickr channel

http://www.flickr.com/photos/53924008@N06

Mex Independence Day Videos


Found two awesome movies and a great program to share with you guys on Mexico’s independence.  The first movie is  “Cries of Death & Liberty”. It’s actually a  short series that was  released in commemoration of the Bicentennial. Posted the trailer & part 1. Click on the vid and it will take you to YouTube where there rest of the vids are =D

The second movie is entitled “The Lit Torch” also a series based on the Independence struggle this section is entitled “The taking of Alhondiga of Granaditas”.  What’s  is the Alhondiga of Granaditas &  what’s its importance? You can discover the story and get some background at the following link before watching the movie:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alh%C3%B3ndiga_de_Granaditas

As for the show, it has a very interesting premise!  The show has a time machine concept, they bring back historical figures and interview them. I’ve posted an edition with interviews with heroes of the Mexican Independence movement.

I’ve only posted the first part to each of the interviews, but if you click on the respective video it will take you to YouTube where you can find the rest. All vids are titled with the hero’s  name & all parts are numbered.

What’s up today Mexico?


Ok we’re only 2 days away from Sept 16, Independence day for Mexico & the grand celebration that will mark  the 200th anniversary of the  launch of the Independence movement.  Also, remember that the annual “El Grito” ceremony is held at midnight on the 15th.

As for Sept 13, today is the day on which heroes of the Mexican-American war are commemorated. Young soldiers dubbed “Niños Héroes” ( Child Heroes). Six young cadets and the story of how they sacrificed their lives at Chapultepec Castle are highlighted and extolled.  President Felipe Calderon headed the annual commemorative ceremony this morning in honor of those who died a  patriotic death.

Learn who the “Niños Heroes” were & about the battle at Chapultepec castle.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ni%C3%B1os_H%C3%A9roes

Niños Héroes” Webpage on Bicentennial website :

http://www.13septiembre.bicentenario.gob.mx/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=63&Itemid=48

Mexican Bicentennial’s Official Theme Song (free download)


A cool song has been released as the official theme song for the Bicentennial entitled “El Futuro es Milenario” (The Future is Millennial) sung by Aleks Syntek & Jaime Lopez, and it has been made available for free download ! Just go to the following link and it will take you to the official Bicentenario website where you can get the song.  http://www.bicentenario.gob.mx/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1922

LYRICS TRANSLATION

We were born to sing. We were born to dance.

We were born in the land of the beautiful sky….

More centuries of love

More centuries of color

More centuries of one song

will all be welcomed.
A pride that is shared From Mexico to everywhere.

The soul flies and flutters at the grand celebration.

The plaza is filling up, the best is just starting.

United for what’s to come to the rhythm of the Bicentennial.

Shalalala
The future is millennial
Shalala
here we go step by step
Shalalala
The future is millennial
Shalalala
here we go step by step

The world is right, Mexico is pure love.

It’s a flower that gives itself  to the warmth of a clay oven.

We dance our hearts out, it’s a rhythm to celebrate.

We thoroughly delight in being Mexicans

In the streets it’s a party differences forgotten, all united

Voices sing from deep within our hearts.

The plaza is filling up, the best is just starting.

United for what’s to come to the  rhythm of the Bicentennial

Shalalala
The future is millennial
Shalala
here we go step by step
Shalalala
The future is millennial
Shalalala
here we go step by step

Heroes of Mexican Independence Honored at Palacio Nacional


Today fourteen patriotic heroes’ remains were transfered to Mexican landmark “El Palacio Nacional”  (National Palace ) as part of the Mexican Bicentennial celebration. Military personal ceremoniously escorted the remains of  heroes :Miguel Hidalgo, José María Morelos, Juan Aldama, Ignacio Allende, Nicolás Bravo, Vicente Guerrero, Mariano Jiménez, Mariano Matamoros, Guadalupe Victoria, Francisco Javier Mina, Andrés Quintana Roo, Leona Vicario, Pedro Moreno y Víctor Rosales from Castillo de Chapultepec (Chapultepec Castle) to Palacio Nacional.  Citizens with flowers lined up along Reform Avenue, they cheered and applauded as they witnessed caravan go by.

At Palacio Nacional President Felipe Calderón headed the ceremony. He delivered an uplifting speech in honor of : the heroes, their memory and their transcendent contribution to the birth of the Mexican nation & it’s  people’s struggle for independence. “Let us not forget that we are descendants of Hidalgo” “Everywhere we go, in all we do, let us carry our patriotic heroes’ ideals with us.” Drums rolling, a chivalrous color guard marching, stately flag statues, the heroes where escorted to their resting place and so the ceremony concluded.

Pictures and video of the ceremony can be found at : http://www.bicentenario.gob.mx/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1920&Itemid=55

This is not a video of today’s ceremony, it’s a video of when the heroes’ remains were taken out of the mausoleum located at the base of the  Angel of Independence for the first time in 85 years in order to be taken to Chapultepec Castle earlier this year. The transfer was made for the purpose of putting them in the custody of the  National Institute of Anthropology Mexico. The remains were to undergo a series of  forensic examinations, precise registry, and preservation in preparation for the transfer to Palcio Nacional.

Stunning Mexican Bicentenial Commercials


Here are ” Stars of the Bicentennial” commercials number  5 ,6,7 & 8 featuring the states of Veracruz , Yucatán, Quintanaroo ,

VERACRUZ (sights showcased)

Ecological Reserve Nanciyaga – Catemaco, Veracruz

Peyote (Cactus) of the Birds -Veracruz , Veracruz

Split /Divided Rock – San Andres Tuxtla ,Veracruz

Tajin’s Archeoligical Zone – Papantla ,Veracruz

Eyipantla’s Water fall – San Andres Tuxtla

YUCATÁN (Sights showcased)

Uxmal Archeological Zone – Yucatán

The Lizards Estuary  –   Biosphere Reserve, Yucatán

The Red Ones Salt Mines –  Yucatán

Celestun – Biosphere Reserve ,Yucatán

Underwater Sinkhole  Chichí of the Lakes – Homún, Yucatán

QUINTANA ROO –

Holbox Isle , Whale Shark Sanctuary

Baclar Lagoon of the Seven Colors

Arrecifes Park, Cozumel Quintana Roo

Isle of the Swallow, Cozumel Quintana Roo

Chankaanab Park, Cozumel Quintana Roo

Tulum Biosphere Reserve of Sian Ka’an, Cozumel Quintana Roo

Mexican National Anthem:Indigenous Languages Versions


Check it out!  Just got this awesome link from @Bicentenario the official twitter page for Mexico’s Bicentenial 2010. The link= a webpage with Audio of versions of the Mexican National Anthem sung in Mexican Indigenous languages!  Is that too cool or what?!  Ever heard any Mexican indigenous languages? Curious to find out what they sound like? You can by clicking this link http://www.inali.gob.mx/bicen/himno_nacional_lenguas.html

The page has versions of the National Anthem sung in : Náhuatl from Central Veracruz , Purépecha, &  Cucapá, among  others.

For those unfamiliar with the Mexican national anthem here’s a video so you can compare the version in Spanish to those in the Mexican indigenous languages. Also lyrics in both Eng & Span can be found at : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Himno_Nacional_Mexicano


The 411 on Mexico’s Bicentennial


This year Mexico is in for a big celebration, because the year 2010 marks its Bicentennial.  Mexico will be commemorating 200 years of Independence and 100 since the Mexican Revolution.  If you’ve ever been curious about Mexico in any way,  right now is a great time to get to know  Mexican History, Biographies of Historical figures, Culture, Geography, folklore, and much more.   The Mexican Government and the bicentennial committee have launched some great websites so that everyone can share in the festivities.

Bicentennial Websites can be found both in Spanish & English

ENGLISH SITE:  http://english.bicentenario.gob.mx/

SPANISH SITE: http://www.bicentenario.gob.mx/bdbic/index.php

Get daily updates on what going on with Bicenternario 2010 events and get your daily historical fact by following on Twitter: @Bicentenario

The bicentennial 2010 YouTube page is : http://www.youtube.com/bicentenariomexico

Follow on FaceBook, each Historical Hero of the Nation has their own FaceBook page:

http://www.bicentenario.gob.mx/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=728

GET FREE BOOKS ON MEXICO AND IT’S HISTORY IN PDF For at  THE BICENTENNIAL DIGITAL  LIBRARY

http://www.bicentenario.gob.mx/bdbic/

Among the books available : Historia de Mejico, desde sus tiempos mas remotos hasta nuestros dias Tomo I = Historia of Mejico, from the most remote times up to now, Volume I

From the children’s collection “Mexican Child”:  Queretaros site and the Hill of Bells

Historical Newspapers also available