Mexican Independence  Parade
DAY OF THE REVOLUTION is celebrated with a parade on November 20th each year.

20 de Noviembre Events

Revolution Day in Mexico is marked with parades and civic ceremonies throughout the country. There is a large parade in Mexico City‘s Zocalo, as well as speeches and official ceremonies. San Felipe’s main parade will be on Sunday. In cities and towns throughout Mexico schoolchildren dressed as revolutionaries participate in local parades.

Why November 20?

The revolution began in 1910, initiated by Francisco I. Madero to oust President Porfirio Diaz who had been in power for over 30 years. Francisco Madero was one of many people in Mexico who were tired of Diaz’ authoritarian rule,. Along with his cabinet, Diaz was aging while holding tightly to the reins of the country. Madero formed the Anti-Reelectionist Party and ran against Diaz, but the elections were rigged and Diaz won again. Diaz had Madero jailed in San Luis Potosi. Upon his release, he fled to Texas where he wrote the Plan of San Luis Potosi, which urged the people to rise up in arms against the government in order to re-install democracy in the country.

Outcome of the Mexican Revolution

In 1911, Porfirio Diaz accepted defeat and left office. He departed for Paris where he remained in exile until his death in 1915 at the age of 85. Francisco Madero was elected president in 1911, but he was assassinated just two years later. The fighting of the revolution would continue until 1920, and even beyond that.

The motto of the revolutionaries was “Sufragio Efectivo – No Reelección” which means Effective Suffrage, No Reelection. This motto is still in use in Mexico today, and remains an important feature of the political landscape. Mexican presidents serve for a single six year term and are not eligible for re-election.

The Gender Problem-Not What You Think…

Spanish-Pinpointed-680x340When trying to speak Spanish to the “Local Folks”, I try my best to use “La” and “El” correctly. People are very patient, but some just stare with a blank look. Any bit of new information regarding the Spanish language is great appreciated.

I found this info on the web recently:

As a rule, feminine words end in an ‘a’ and masculine words in an ‘o’. But there are a number of exceptions, a common one being el problema, which is masculine. It’s not unusual to hear foreigners use the intuitive, and wrong, “la problema“.

A number of nouns beginning with the letter ‘a’ use the masculine definite article ‘el‘ or indefinite ‘un‘ to avoid the two a’s clashing: examples are el agua, el azúcar, un alma. But unlike el problema, these words are feminine so use the corresponding endings:agua fría, azúcar blanca, alma perdida.

There are a number of nouns that can be either masculine or feminine. La radio or el radio, la mar or el mar. It’s common for people to use la radio when referring to radio in general as a communications medium—an abbreviated form of la radiodifusión—and el radio when referring to the appliance. Radio is also masculine when it means radius, or radium.

There are also words that mean one thing when masculine, and another when feminine. La cometa means the kite, and el cometa means the comet. El orden means order as in law and order, while la orden means order as in command, or an order for goods (or food at a restaurant). The feminine la frente means forehead, while the masculine el frente means front as in battle front, or the front of a building.

Does this help?