Diez Y Seis De SeptiembreNicole Sparks
Ahhhh…September! The beginning of that special time of year evoked so poetically in the movie “You’ve Got Mail”: “Don’t you love New York in the fall? It makes me wanna buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.” Such a powerful metaphor, it works its magic on our heroine. And September DOES hold the promise for a number of things – students returning to their schoolwork, cooler mornings and evenings, hints of the annual fall color explosion to come, football and the World Series, AND…September 16th! September 16TH By Any Other Name Is A Cause To Celebrate Diez Y Seis De Septiembre!
Yes, we know September has 29 other days. But, in MANY communities and cities across our country, Diez y Seis de Septiembre means over-the-top celebrations of Mexican Independence! For those unfamiliar with the significance, think of it as the Fourth of July for Mexico. And as Mexican-American influences have become entrenched in our culture – c’mon, tacos, tequila, piñatas, even “Hasta la vista, Baby” (spoken with an Austrian accent, no less!) – we have SERIOUSLY embraced the festivities of Diez y Seis.
As a little background to this revelry, some may be surprised by the similarities between this revolution, and our own in 1776. We tend to think of Mexico as an “ancient” country, and while this may be true “geographically,” in truth the “country” of Mexico itself, is actually YOUNGER than the United States! And just as WE declared our independence from England with some fanfare, we weren’t alone in these North American theatrics…as Mexico demonstrated in their bid to gain freedom from Spain.
As we rapidly approach the 250th anniversary of our Declaration of Independence, many don’t realize this year’s Diez y Seis marks the 210th year since their bid to cede from Spain! Yep… as a country, the U.S. is older than Mexico. And, it was NOT a quick journey to cease being “New Spain.” Their revolution lasted 11 YEARS, and ours was almost equally-laborious at over 9 YEARS!
So this week, we kick-off what was to become an extended campaign – after all, important things like independence, usually ARE hard-won. But, that fateful day when Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla rang his church bell and gave the famous “Cry of Delores,” it signaled their Declaration intent. On this upcoming Wednesday, trust us, you can expect as much “sizzle” (if not MORE) than our Fourth of July displays. And as a patriotic holiday, marked by parades, concerts, patriotic programs, drum and bugle and marching band competitions, mariachis, and special programs on the national and local media outlets, it rivals any independence day celebration worldwide!
Of course, no on could imagine ANY Independence Day without some spectacular pyrotechnics! And Diez y Seis is no exception. So although the festivities begin this week, just as the revolution lasted LONG beyond that initial declaration, the “sparkling commemorations” can, too! We can put together color-themed packages and even set you up with auto-ship options so you are ALWAYS ready to celebrate something! Just reach out to us, and we’ll customize a celebratory bundle just for you.
And, we should also note that September ALSO signals the beginning of the traditional “holiday” season! With the Autumnal Equinox, Halloween, Day of the Dead, Diwali, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, and – the BIG ONE – New Year’s Eve and Day (which many folks eagerly anticipate THIS year in particular), maybe it’s time to consider buying several bouquets of sparklers along with those Number 2 pencils!