Flag Day in Mexico
Known as Dia de la Bandera in Spanish, Flag Day is a holiday that’s observed annually on the 24th of February in Mexico. It’s a national holiday in Mexico and was first established by the President of Mexico in 1821. On this holiday, people not only raise the Mexican Flag as the symbol of their individual patriotism, but people also enjoy foods that use the green, white and red colors of the Mexican flag.
Foods such as Chiles en Nogada—a dish that is also widely eaten on Mexican Independence Day as well. It’s a day for all Mexican citizens to come together and celebrate their country’s flag.
The History Of Flag Day In Mexico
Flag Day was first established by the President of Mexico, General Lazaro Cadenas. He established the holiday in front of the monument to General Vicente Guerrero—the first to pledge allegiance to the Mexican flag.
The date was selected for this holiday because this is when the Plan de Iguala—the revolutionary proclamation that was promulgated on February 24, 1821, by General Vicente Guerrero and Agustin de Iturbide.
This plan/proclamation was based on what is called the Three Principle: the virtues of Independence, Religion, and Unity. These virtues’ are represented in the green, white and red colors of the Mexican flag.
Fun Facts About Mexico
Let’s all enjoy some great facts about Mexico. Facts that we’ve gleaned from all over the Internet.
- Mexico became a country in 1821.
- The National University of Mexico was founded in 1551 by Charles V of Spain.
- Spanish conquistadors unwittingly brought smallpox to Mexico in the 16th century. The disease killed 3 million Native Mexicans.
Observing Flag Day In Mexico
Flag Day in Mexico is observed with a display of patriotism, excitement, and fun. The flag is raised by government offices, businesses, and citizens all over Mexico. Patriotic dishes such as Chiles en Nogado are also served, as are margaritas.