Revolution Day – otherwise known as Dia de la Revolucion in Spanish – is a day celebrated in Mexico to commemorate the start of the decade long struggle against José de la Cruz Porfirio Diaz Mori, therby beginning the Mexican Revolution. In Mexico it is a public holiday in which banks, schools and government buildings are closed and is celebrated on the third Monday of November.
In 1876, José de la Cruz Porfirio Diaz Mori ousted Sebastián Lerdo de Tejada and became president, starting what is now known as the Era of Porfirio – an era which lasted until 1911. During his rule, he was known for his strong arm tactics and a concentration of wealth to the wealthiest of Mexican citizens. In 1911, a revolt was organized by several people – including Francisco Madero and Pancho Villa – and the Mexican Revolution began.
Customs, Traditions and Celebrations
All throughout Mexico the Mexican flag is flown and chants of Vive Le Mexico and Viva la Revolución! can be heard in the streets and at the many festivals that are held on this day. It is common for Mexicans to participate in one of the many parades on this day, as well as enjoying some of the great Mexican food that is often served by street vendors that line the parade route. Some of the foods consumed on this day include tacos, sanchos, fajitas, enchiladas and taquitos.