4

Massive History Reaching People

Yesterday night, I among a lot others was able to be completely amazed by a great history show, the “200 Years of Being Proudly Mexicans“. The show was first presented a few months ago in Mexico City by the President Felipe Calderon (his Twitter account) and it is part of the celebrations which are taking place this year for the bicentennial.

It was quite fantastic to watch rivers of people flowing out after the first presentation ended and another river, even bigger, flowing in. Another impressive river was made out of cars as traffic was an unwanted guest. Nevertheless, You could see how families were rushing in and how grandparents, parents, teenagers and small children were all having excitement faces when passing by the check point. Once inside, everyone were respectfully and calmly trying to hold the best spot to watch and hear the biggest screen ever built for a public park; meanwhile classic Mexican songs were being played: mariachis, rancheras, huapangos and indigenous. One high tone sounded when the clock started the countdown and ten minutes seemed 200 years.

Another high tone for the second call… five minutes more.

Finally, the show started and people got quiet. Music and lights were dancing together as people sighed and clapped. 35 minutes of being proudly Mexican ended with one of the greatest songs ever composed for a country “Mexico Lindo y Querido” (Beautiful and Beloved Mexico) … and people began to sing and men started to make the mariachis singer’s yell. I’m sure that in this moment people had never felt so proud of being Mexican, and so had I. Century after century people could see how this amazing country was and is still being built.

Because an image is more than ten thousand words, here you can watch the complete show.

0

100 Years of History

Here, in Mexico, the bicentennial celebration of Independence is taking place in every town, big or small. Unfortunately, there have been difficult times in our country lately and some people are not as excited as one Mexican should be. Nevertheless, this post is to express how excited I am.

The title of the post is not a typo; one hundred and six years ago when Mexico was about to celebrate the first century of Independence the dictator Don Porfirio Díaz gave the order to every governor of every state to build a monument in each capital which would commemorate the first 100 years of liberty.

In Pachuca de Soto, Hidalgo, the city and state I live, the governor recovered a previous project of building a tower in the “Plaza de las Diligencias” or “Diligences’ Square”. It had that name because it was there where stagecoaches used to depart or arrive from or to Mexico City, the trip used to last 12 hours!

The construction cost was 300 000 gold pesos and it was funded with mining companies donations and government money. The tower was built with quarry blocks put on top of each other, they were brought from a nearby town called Tezoantla. Finally, the tower is crowned with a copper dome melted in Fundidora de Fierro y Acero in Monterrey, Mexico.

Below the dome there is the chime for the four clocks; the chime was brought from Austria and was made in the same factory of which The Big Ben’s chime was done, that’s why both machinery is equal. Under each clock there is one feminine statue representing an important event in Mexico’s history until that year: 1810 the Independence, 1857 the Constitution, 1859 the Reform Laws and 1910 the one hundred years of independence. Because of this, each marble statue is different.

The clock tower was inaugurated in September 15th, 1910 at 23:00 the bells rang the national anthem.

Today the tower has become the biggest symbol of the capital and its state and it is called Reloj Momumental or Monumental Clock Tower. The bells ring every 15 minutes and the national anthem can be heard at 6:00 and 18:00 every day. The square has also changed its name and now it is called Plaza Independencia, Independence Square.

I wanted to write a post about the monument because of the great celebration Mexico is doing, and the great birthday party the local municipality is preparing for the city’s symbol; one of which my family is taking part. The party started two years ago with a remodeling and now it continues with a documentary of those families who have lived in the city for more than 100 years and who want to share their history.

In the videos below pictures of the Clock Tower can be seen and the national anthem can be heard. Both videos were made after the remodeling. And the photographs were taken by me during the my mom’s filming part.