A Mexican Day In Delhi

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It is an abstract about how the Independence Day of Mexico was celebrated in the national capital, New Delhi.

Cultural Minister Meenakshi Likhi with Mexican Ambassador on the Independence Day event. Pic Credit- Delhi Times

On September 15, New Delhi seemed like it was bathed in the colors of red, white, and green lights and Mexican music. On Thursday evening, everyone was mesmerized by Mexican culture. The Embassy of Mexico celebrated its 212th Mexican Independence Day with pomp in Delhi on Thursday. With traditional Mexican decorations, known as papel picado, spread throughout the venue, Mexican Ambassador Federico Salas Lotte welcomed dignitaries and guests to the celebration.

Meenakshi Lekhi, Minister of State for Culture and External Affairs attended the event. Together with the Mexican ambassador, she kicked off the independence celebration on the podium. First, the Indian national anthem was played. After that, Mr. Lotfe took the Mexican flag as he sang the national anthem of Mexico. He rang the freedom bell amid shouts of “Viva Mexico!” The celebration of El Grito commemorates the call to arms that led to Mexican independence.

Here independence day was celebrated in the same pattern they celebrated in their own country Mexico. At this spicy Mexican fair, guests from other countries like Polish ambassador Adam Burakowski with his wife Agnieszka, Argentinian ambassador Hugo Gobbi with Dr. Beatriz Mollerach, Turkish ambassador Fırat Sunel with daughter Aynur Deniz Sunel and Thai ambassador Patrat Hongthong also joined.

Podiums were decorated as photo zones. Lekhi and Lotfe happily posed for the cameras wearing sombreros (wide-brimmed traditional Mexican hats). Many other guests also took to a podium set in the photography corner. 

The taste of the event increased when the turn of cuisine came. Mexican cuisine added the right amount of zest to the event. Nachos with salsa and black bean dip, Mexican chicken sausages, fish fingers, and seafood appetizers were some of the delicacies served to the guests. The celebration of El Grito commemorates the call to arms that led to Mexican independence.

This year, the Mexican embassy celebrated this event for various reasons. While sharing these reasons, Mr. Lofte said that this year is celebratory for more than one reason. He said. “Even though it is over two centuries of independence for us, we are happy that we are also celebrating 72 years of diplomatic relations with India – while India is also celebrating its 75th year of independence. We hope that there are many more years where we move forward and strengthen our relationship.” 

Mr. Lofte spoke about the delegates and dignitaries from several countries participating in the ceremony. He further said, “It’s wonderful that everybody is here, celebrating with us because this is what we do in Mexico on our Independence Day. We have a party, we celebrate!”

How is Independence Day Celebrated in Mexico?

On the same Thursday night, Mexico began Independence Day celebrations with President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. They gave the traditional “shout” to the bustling Zocalo’s main square of people. López Obrador stepped out from the balcony of the National Palace and shouted, “Long live Mexico!” And then the bell rang and a large Mexican flag waved, officially marking the start of the festivities.

While addressing the people’s crowd gathered below, the President said, “Death to corruption, death to classism, death to racism.” Mexican Independence Day has been celebrated for over a century. The event has not been canceled since 1847. A traditional military parade is scheduled for later on Friday. This year, López Obrador will be accompanied by Martin Luther King III.

The History of Mexico’s Independence

Miguel Hidalgo, the Father of the Church and a Roman Catholic, proclaimed Mexico’s independence from Spain on this date in 1810. Mexico struggled for freedom between the years 1810 and 1821. The father had rung the bell in the town’s church for a clarion call of Independence. The father’s call to arms is today known as the “Grito de Dolores.” Then the 11-year war between Mexico and Spain began. The war is famously called the Mexican War of Independence. The 300 years lasted war brought to a close the Spanish rule of Mexico.

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Harshika Yadav
Harshika Yadav
A trainee journalist and an English Journalism alumnus of the Indian Institute of Mass Communication.

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