Independence Day, International Day of Peace and Other Events in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo – September 2013

September is a special month for Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Mexico.  During this time, the area joins the nation to celebrate its Independence Day on September 16th.  Ixtapa Zihuatanejo is also the center point in the State of Guerrero for the International Day of Peace celebration on September 21st.   Following are the latest news and details.

NEWS! Zihuatanejo’s Mayor Eric Fernández was recently honored as one of the Best Mayors in Mexico!  This recognition gives motivation to all residents to work together for a better Zihuatanejo.  Congratulations!

Mayor Erick Fernandez of Zihuatanejo

Friday, September 13, COMMEMORATION OF “NIÑOS HÉROES (BOY HEROES): On September 13th of every year, Mexico remembers and honors six young cadets, ranging in age from 13 to 19, who died defending their military academy at Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City in 1847, when the United States invaded Mexico during the Mexican-American War.  There is a monument in Mexico City dedicated to these young men.  In reference to these young Mexican cadets, U.S. President Truman said, “Brave men do not belong to any one country.”  Read their story: From the Halls of Montezuma: The Story of the “Niños Héroes” (Boy Heroes).

Sunday, September 15, FESTIVAL OF THE PATRIOTS IN ZIHUATANEJO & Monday, September 16, INDEPENDENCE DAY NATIONAL HOLIDAY:  Viva México! Mexico celebrates its Independence Day!  In the early hours of September 16, 1810, Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, a priest in the small town of Dolores, Guanajuato, rang the church bell to gather the townspeople.  He called for the people of Mexico to rise up against the Spanish Crown, thus initiating Mexico’s War of Independence.  This event, known as the “Grito de Dolores” (Cry of Dolores) or “El Grito de la Independencia” (Cry of Independence), is commemorated every year in town squares across Mexico.  The country did not achieve independence until 1821.

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 The Independence Day ceremony will take place at City Hall in Zihuatanejo in the evening on Sunday, September 15th.

See a play by the students of Zihuatanejo re-enacting the “El Grito de la Independencia” (Cry of Independence).

Vicente Guerrero, for whom the State of Guerrero is named, is one of Mexico’s most important national heroes.  He was of African descent.  Vicente Guerrero was a general in Mexico’s War of Independence, he helped write the country’s constitution, he was the nation’s second president and he eliminated slavery during his presidential administration.  Read more about this great hero: President Vicente Guerrero – A Mexican Hero – Died on February 14th  Vicente Guerrero - black

Saturday, September 21 at 6:00 p.m., INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE CELEBRATION at the Peace Monument (next to the museum) in Zihuatanejo:  During a time when some people have a negative image of Mexico, the community of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Mexico has partnered with the United Nations to create a “Culture of Peace,” especially among our children.

Starting in 2010, with the help of the Detroit Renaissance District Peace Center in Southfield, Michigan, and The World Peace Prayer Society in New York, public officials, business leaders, community members and students of Ixtapa Zihuatanejo participate in Peace Education activities for an annual certification as a “Culture of Peace Community” in partnership with the United Nations.  Ixtapa Zihuatanejo is the only community in Latin America to receive this recognition.

This year’s theme for the United Nations International Day of Peace on September 21st   is “Education for Peace.”  Ixtapa Zihuatanejo will host a Peace Day Ceremony with entertainment by children. Everyone is invited!  WEAR WHITE! 


To learn more the community’s Peace Education Program and to download educational materials in Spanish, see: Peace Education / Educación para la Paz en Ixtapa Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, México

Friday, September 27, INTERNATIONAL TOURISM DAY/ INTERNATIONAL WATER DAY: In support of United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation, the theme of World Tourism Day (WTD) 2013 is “Tourism and Water: Protecting our Common Future.”   Celebrate this day by enjoying being a tourist!  The World Tourism Organization asks that you reflect upon your responsibilities and impact as a traveler and commit to a more sustainable water future. Take a shower rather than a bath.  Choose not to have your linens changed every day.  Do not litter. Respect the local environment.  For more suggested activities, see: World Tourism Day 2013.   Also, read our articles:

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