Día de la Bandera ("Flag Day") is a national holiday in Mexico. Flag Day is celebrated every year on February 24 since its implementation in 1937. It was established by the President of Mexico General Lazaro Cárdenas, before the monument to General Vicente Guerrero, first to pledge allegiance to the Mexican flag on March 12, 1821.
The date was selected because more than a century earlier (February 24, 1821), the "Plan of Iguala" or "Plan of the three guarantees" was proclaimed by Agustin de Iturbide and General Vicente Guerrero. This plan was based in three principles: "Religion, Independence and Unity", which were represented on the flag's colors. On this same date, Jose Magdaleno Ocampo tailored the first three color flag for what would soon be an independent Mexico. This flag, commonly known as the "Pendon Trigarante", had the colors: white, green and red in that order, arranged diagonally with three eight-point gold stars, one on the center of each color banner.
When the Pledge is recited, it is customary to salute the flag with the raised arm Bellamy Salute while speaking. When the flag is being paraded, the arm is held across the chest, palm parallel to the ground.
Fiesta Flag Day Mexico!!!
Cinco de Mayo, translated from Spanish for “fifth of May,” is celebrated predominantly in the United States and regionally in Mexico, primarily in Puebla. The main purpose of the holiday is to celebrate Mexican heritage and pride, including their flag.
The holiday is also meant to commemorate the victory over France in the Battle of Puebla. The Battle took place on May 5, 1862 during the Franco-Mexican War, when the Mexican army won an unlikely victory over the French forces. The win at the Battle of Puebla was by no means a strategic win over the French; instead, it was a symbolic victory for the Mexican government and strengthened the resistance movement.
The Mexican Flag, as it is today was adopted in 1968, and has a tricolor background of red, white and green, with the national coat of arms is displayed in the center of the flag. The current meaning behind the color of the flag is green represents hope, white represents unity, and red represents the blood of heroes. Flag day in Mexico is celebrated on February 24, and is celebrated with civic ceremonies across the country, honoring the Mexican Flag.
Today, a common theme for people celebrating the holiday is to incorporate the Mexican flag throughout the day’s festivities by means of cakes, dishes, and decorations to recognize the victory. If you’re planing your own Cinco de Mayo fiesta, try working in some flag-inspired decorations or treats, or try some recipes that resemble traditional Mexican food.
Different Cinco de Mayo traditions include parades, mariachi music performances and street festivals. Music is especially important on this day. The most common types include, salsa, mariachi, meringue, and Latin. Mariachi, which is actually a kind of Mexican folk music, usually includes a violin, guitar, trumpet, and vihuela instrumentalists.
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