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. And, since the area is also an international tourism destination, the community also celebrates International Tourism Day on September 27th. It’s always a good time to visit Ixtapa Zihuatanejo!
Friday, September 13, COMMEMORATION OF “NIÑOS HÉROES (BOY HEROS): On September 13 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).
Friday, September 15, FESTIVAL OF THE PATRIOTS IN ZIHUATANEJO and Saturday, 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.
Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, a priest in the small town of Dolores, Guanajuato, rang the church bell to gather the townspeople, calling for the revolution.
The Independence Day ceremony will take place at City Hall in Zihuatanejo in the evening on Friday, September 15.
Thursday, September 21, INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE: The Municipality of Zihuatanejo joins with the United Nations in celebration of the International Day of Peace. Each year, the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.
The theme for 2017 is “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety an, Dignity for All.” This theme honors the spirit of TOGETHER, a global initiative that promotes respect, safety and dignity for everyone forced to flee their homes in search of a better life.
TOGETHER unites the organizations of the United Nations System, the 193 Member States of the United Nations, the private sector, civil society, academic institutions and individual citizens in a global partnership in support of diversity, non-discrimination and acceptance of refugees and migrants.
Wednesday, September 27, INTERNATIONAL TOURISM DAY: Celebrate this day and enjoy 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 environment. Respect the local customs and environment. Don’t litter. Take a shower rather than a bath. Choose not to have your linens changed every day. Read how Sustainable Tourism Can Help Solve the World’s Problems — Travel Forever!
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