Mexico’s Independence Day: A special one this year
CEO AXA Mexico
Since September 1st, AXA’s buildings have been decorated with Mexican flags, outside and inside – even though most employees have been working remotely since March.
In Mexico, Independence Day is on 16 September. The country remembers the beginning of a long route to become independent from Spain. On 15 September 1810, Miguel Hidalgo started Mexico’s War of independence - it ended in 1821. During the following decades, the country not only fought against Spain, which finally recognized Mexico’s independence in 1836, but also against France and the North American neighbors. During this instable period, Mexico was led by numerous Presidents, one of them Maximilian of Habsburg, who was Mexico’s second and last Emperor between 1864 and 1867.
Since 1896, Independence Day is celebrated in the evening of 15 September: At 11pm, the President does “the grito” from the balcony of Palacio Nacional, the seat of the Mexican government. Facing down onto the Zocalo, Mexico City’s main square, he rings a bell, gives a patriotic speech, names Mexican heroes, and cries out three times “Viva Mexico!”. The same ritual is followed by the governors and mayors in cities throughout the country. This year, though, there will be no public, no fireworks, no parties. Mexico City’s Mayor asked the population to stay at home and to celebrate in front of their TV sets.
16th September is a public holiday. Along with Labour Day on 1 May, it is the only non-religious holiday on a fixed date. Other public holidays are moved to the preceding or following Monday to create a long weekend. Hence, this Wednesday will be a day off at AXA.