This morning as we were walking to school practicing our Spanish verbs we turned a corner and found ourselves in the middle of a street parade, surrounded by children in brightly coloured costumes and proud parents snapping photos on their phones. We figured out that it must be Revolution Day or El dia de la Revolucion since it was the 20th of November.
After arriving at school half an hour late we asked our teachers about the significance of the day and found out that it’s really a day for the children of Mexico – to learn about their countries history by dressing up in traditional costumes; the revolutionary militia, the state militia and the traditional clothing of some of Mexico’s villages. It’s a day to remember and represent this important part of Mexico’s history.
Don’t quote me – we were told all of this in Spanish and while I think I understood it I can’t be certain! 🙂
It was SO much fun to watch all of the children doing their dances (they got more awkward the older they got), and to see the parents proudly cheering them on. It was also the first time I’ve felt completely comfortable snapping photos in public – a few parents even got their children’s attention and told them to pose for me haha.
I loved how utterly ‘Mexican’ it was. The speakers duct taped to the boot of the cars, a couple of men standing on the corner diverting the traffic, the moustaches drawn on the little boys faces, and the seemingly random cheerleading group stopping every few metres to perform a routine.
No one celebrates like Mexico celebrates!