It’s a big deal celebrating 200 years of independence (remember 1976 in the US anyone?) and, as we’ve mentioned before, Mexico loves a party. So it’s a very big deal as the country gears up to celebrate Mexican Independence Day (September 16) and 200 years of its independence from Spanish rule. And we were there.
Bicentennial build up in Mexico City
The build up started years ago when the government installed enormous digital countdown clocks around the country which ticked away the number of left until this momentous bicentennial anniversary.
When we first arrived in Mexico City in December of 2008 the countdown clock in the city’s Zócalo (Mexico City’s main plaza) said 634 days to go. This evening, as we strolled through the buzzing center of Mexico City, the countdown clock read just two days.
Countdown clocks around the country are also winding down as excitement, and party preparation, builds. Cities and towns of all sizes will throw the biggest parties they can muster, but none will be bigger than the fandango planned in the capital whichwill include Mexican President Felipe Calderón’s re-enactment of Dolores Hidalgo’s famous grito (shout) that inspired the fight for independence.
It seems fitting that this will take place in the shadow of the city’s Metropolitan Cathedral, the oldest and biggest cathedral in the Americas which has seen (and survived) so much since construction started in the late 1500s.