As we are celebrating our last week in Mexico, the country is celebrating the 200th anniversary of its independence today, on 16 September, which is also Jess’ birthday!
Celebrations start every year on 15 September when the President of Mexico rings the bell at the National Palace in Mexico City, waves the Mexican flag and shouts ¡Viva Mexico! from the balcony of the palace to the crowds in the Plaza de la Constitución (the Zócalo). More than 1 million people gathered for the spectacle at this year’s bicentennial.
In the evening of 16 September a national military parade starts in the Zócalo and ends on Mexico City’s main boulevard, the Paseo de la Reforma. Similar celebrations occur throughout all of Mexico.