Benito Juárez’s Birthday Memorial
Benito Juárez’s Birthday Memorial is a holiday observed on the third Monday in March to commemorate the birth of Benito Juárez. He is known by many in Mexico as a reformer who fought for and dedicated himself to the concept of democracy. He was born on March 21, 1806, as an indigenous Zapotec and became orphaned at the age of four.
The History of Benito Juárez’s Birthday Memorial
When Benito Juárez was elected President of Mexico, he worked to reduce the Catholic Church’s influence on Mexican politics and fought on behalf of the indigenous population. He also worked to establish democracy in the country, managing to do so during one of the most chaotic periods in Mexican history.
Facts About Mexico
Below are some facts about Mexico that we would like to share with everyone learning about this holiday. The following are interesting facts that we have learned about Mexico:
- The Pyramid of Cholula is the largest pyramid in the world, with a 400-meter base, standing 66 meters high, and encompassing 4.5 million cubic meters of volume.
- There are 69 languages spoken in Mexico—68 of which are indigenous.
- Mexico consumes 163 liters of Coca-Cola per person per year, which is more than the average American consumption.
Observing Benito Juárez’s Birthday Memorial
Since this day is a federal public holiday in Mexico, many institutions close, including banks, schools, and government offices. It is also a day when many businesses are closed, and public transportation may operate on a holiday schedule.