The Magic of the Cities.

Zen promotes the rediscovery of the obvious, which is so often lost in its familiarity and simplicity. It sees the miraculous in the common and magic in our everyday surroundings. When we are not rushed, and our minds are unclouded by conceptualizations, a veil will sometimes drop, introducing the viewer to a world unseen since childhood. ~ John Greer

Showing posts with label Dia de la Independencia. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Dia de la Independencia. Show all posts

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Borda Garden

The Borda Garden is located near the cathedral of Cuernavaca. Originally, this was a house bought by José de la Borda, the mining magnate of Taxco in the mid-eighteenth century. Later, his son, Manuel de Borda y Verdugo, transformed the grounds of the house into gardens filled with flower and fruit trees to satisfy his passion for botany. These gardens also contain a number of fountains and an artificial lake that were completed in 1783. 
The complex also contains lodgings, offices, a restaurant, and a nightclub. In 1865, this was the summer home of Emperor Maximilian I and his wife Carlota Amalia. It hosted major political soirees in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, such as those sponsored by Porfirio Díaz and Emiliano Zapata.
Today the area is a public park where the gardens have been maintained and it is possible to take a short boat ride on the lake. The house has been converted into a museum. Six of its halls are dedicated to temporary exhibits while the other seven are devoted to recreating the characteristics of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. (Wiki)


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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Independence Day Parade / Desfile Día de la Independencia

The Mexican War of Independence (1810–1821) was an armed conflict between the people of Mexico and the Spanish colonial authorities which started on 16 September 1810. The Mexican War of Independence movement was led by Mexican-born Spaniards, Mestizos and Amerindians who sought independence from Spain. It started as an idealistic peasants' rebellion against their colonial masters, but finally ended as an unlikely alliance between Mexican ex-royalists and Mexican guerrilla insurgency.
It can be said that the struggle for Mexican independence dates back to the decades after the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire, when Martín Cortés, son of Hernán Cortés and La Malinche, led a revolt against the Spanish colonial government in order to eliminate privileges for the conquistadors.
After the abortive Conspiracy of the Machetes in 1799, the War of Independence led by the Mexican-born Spaniards became a reality. The movement for independence was far from gaining unanimous support among Mexicans, who became divided between independentists, autonomists and royalists. [Wiki]


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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Dia de la Independencia / Mexican Independence Day

On 16 September the entire country celebrates the day when in 1810 Mexico gained its independence from Spain. On the night before, 'El Grito' - a dramatic re-enactment of the revolutionary Father Hidalgo's call to his fellow Mexicans to join the uprising - takes place in city halls throughout the country. Mexican flags are seemingly on display everywhere you go and celebrations continue late into the night. On 16 September, military parades are held in most Mexican cities. It is a time of great national pride and a celebration of Mexico's cultural identity during which food, music and drink play an important part of the activities.

El proceso de la Independencia de México fue uno de los más largos de América Latina. La Nueva España permaneció bajo el control de la Corona por tres siglos. Sin embargo, a finales del siglo XVIII, ciertos cambios en la estructura social, económica y política de la colonia llevaron a una élite ilustrada de novohispanos a reflexionar acerca de su relación con España. Sin subestimar la influencia de la Ilustración, la Revolución Francesa ni la independencia de Estados Unidos, el hecho que llevó a la élite criolla a comenzar el movimiento emancipador fue la ocupación francesa de España, en 1808. Hay que recordar que en ese año, Carlos IV y Fernando VII abdicaron sucesivamente en favor de José Bonaparte, de modo que España quedó como una especie de protectorado francés.

El núcleo donde hubo de comenzar la guerra por la independencia fue Dolores, Guanajuato, luego que la conspiración de Querétaro fue descubierta. Aunque aquél 16 de septiembre de 1810 el cura Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla se lanzó a la guerra apoyado por una tropa de indígenas y campesinos, bajo el grito de "Viva la Virgen de Guadalupe, muerte al mal gobierno, abajo los gachupines", finalmente la revolución le llevó por otro camino y se convirtió en lo que fue: una guerra independentista.


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