16 Sep

¡Viva México!

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I usually don’t use this space to write about things that are not related to food or photography. But today I want to make an exception (I promise it won’t be long) as my country celebrates the 199th anniversary of its Independence from the Spanish crown. I am proud of my nationality, my cultural heritage and my country in general, even though I know things could be a lot better.

Yesterday, I posted a comment on facebook about this celebration and I received a couple of replies from friends that said that the state of affairs in Mexico made it very difficult to celebrate right now. I agree that things are bad. I love my country, therefore I know its not perfect and many things could (and should) be improved. I refuse to suffer from patriotic blindness. But Mexicans still have a lot to celebrate: our Independence, our culture and food and, over all, our mexicanidad (national identity). I believe that the day a nation stops celebrating these things, that’s the day that nation starts to die.

With this out in the open all I have left to say is: ¡Viva México! and I hope you enjoy the following videos.

This is the traditional Grito de Dolores (Cry of Dolores) that initiated the War against the colonial government. Every year the President of the Republic leads the celebration from the National Palace in Mexico City in front of hundreds of thousands of spectators.

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Here’s a video about our food:

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Here’s a promotional video from the Ministry of Tourism:

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And a promotional video for Mexico City (my vibrant city):

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And finally a couple of beautiful mariachi music videos. The best way to celebrate today:

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