Mexico’s Independence Day, International Day of Peace, and Other Events in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo-September 2014

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 16. Ixtapa Zihuatanejo is also the center point in the state of Guerrero for the International Day of Peace celebration on September 21.

Friday-Sunday, September 5-7, starting at 7:00 a.m., SURF OPEN TRONCONES LA SALADITA: Organized by the Asocicación de Hoteles y Restaurantes de Troncones y Saladita (Hotel and Restaurant Association of Troncones and Saliadita), this event promises to be exciting! Get to Troncones Beach at the crack of dawn! It is located a short twenty minutes by highway from Zihuatanejo.

Surf Open

Troncones, located about 20 minutes by highway from Zihuatanejo, is famous for its natural beauty and surfing. City folks – take a look at this video. It rocks!

Saturday, September 13, COMMEMORATION OF “NIÑOS HÉROES (BOY HEROES): 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).

Monday, September 15, FESTIVAL OF THE PATRIOTS IN ZIHUATANEJO and Tuesday, 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.

Padre Hidalgo by Jose Clemente Orozco

 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 Monday, September 15. See a play by the students of Zihuatanejo re-enacting the El Grito de la Independencia (Cry of Independence).

Usually, history refers to its war “heroes.” Many women, however, took part in the fight for freedom and liberty in Mexico. Read: Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez – A Heroine of the Struggle for Mexican Independence

Sunday, September 21, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE CELEBRATION at the Peace Monument (next to the museum) in Zihuatanejo: The Municipality of Zihuatanejo joins with the United Nations in celebration of the International Day of Peace. Zihuatanejo is a “Culture of Peace Community,” and participates in various peace education activities for the youth in our area.

Peace Pole Monument in Zihuatanejo-1

This year’s theme is “The Right of Peoples to Peace.”  Ixtapa Zihuatanejo will host a Peace Day Ceremony at our Peace Monument. Everyone is invited!  WEAR WHITE!

Right of Peoples to Peace

September is the rainy season in the tropics, so we will have our major peace event February 2-8, 2015. Please make your plans to attend.

Club Rotary of Zihuatanejo Invites You to the Celebration of Peace, February 2-8, 2015 – Make Plans Now!

Students! Come to the International Youth Peace Conference in Zihuatanejo, Mexico – Or Participate in a Webinar

Zihuatanejo Plans Cultural Dance Festival for the Celebration of Peace – February 2-8, 2015

Saturday, 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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