隆Viva M茅xico!

“Everyone is going to go to the cry tonight, but I’m not sure if it’s safe.”

What’s a cry?

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The Cry of Dolores (Spanish: Grito de Dolores) was uttered from the small town of Dolores Hidalgo, near Guanajuato in Mexico, on September 16, 1810. This event is considered the beginning of theMexican War of Independence. The “grito” was the pronunciamiento of the Mexican War of Independence by Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, a Roman Catholic priest. Since October 1825, the anniversary of the event is celebrated as Mexican Independence Day.

Since the late 20th century, Hidalgo’s “cry of independence” has become emblematic of Mexican independence.

Each year on the night of September 15, at around eleven in the evening, the President of Mexico rings the bell of the National Palace in Mexico City. After the ringing of the bell, he repeats a shout of patriotism (a Grito Mexicano) based upon the “Grito de Dolores”, with the names of the important heroes of the Mexican War of Independence who were there on that very historical moment included, and ending with the threefold shout of 隆Viva M茅xico! from the balcony of the palace to the assembled crowd in the Plaza de la Constituci贸n, or Z贸calo, one of the largest public plazas in the world. After the shouting, he rings the bell again and waves the Flag of Mexico to the applause of the crowd, and is followed by the playing and mass singing of the Himno Nacional Mexicano, the national anthem, with a military band from the Mexican Armed Forces playing. This event draws up to half a million spectators from all over Mexico and tourists worldwide. On the morning of September 16, or Independence Day, the national military parade (the September 16 military parade) in honor of the holiday starts in the Z贸calo and its outskirts, passes the Hidalgo Memorial and ends on the Paseo de la Reforma, Mexico City鈥檚 main boulevard, passing the El 脕ngel memorial column and other places along the way. – Wikipedia

I now better understand the daunting atmosphere聽of Mexico City’s聽city center “Z贸calo”-

Had I not faced some of my own fears by traveling here,

I wouldn’t have a picture of the many who’ve聽cried here

and why…

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Metropolitan Cathedral, Z贸calo, Mexico DF

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Metropolitan Cathedral interior
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Bell hung over the entrance to Z贸calo for Independence Day

img_0269隆Viva M茅xico!

Being independent gives everyone聽reason to cry.

 

Off the Hook!

The days when we have only our camera phones –

we have to accept these days and make the most of them.

This morning I had only my iPhone camera to photograph this Fish Hook Barrel Cactus’ bloom.

In the old days, our phones didn’t have cameras and our phones didn’t operate unless the receiver was hung on a hook.

If we left a phone off the hook, the phone sounded busy signals and eventually lost its dial tone.

Off the hook, the phone was useless –

In those days,

Being off the hook was bad.

Now days our phones are off the hook non-stop,

ready and available to multi-task,

taking pictures whenever and pretty much wherever we’d like.

These days when we describe something as being, off the hook,

it’s good.

This Fish Hook Barrel Cactus’ blossom

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IMG_9587“Off the Hook!” 聽

However, the bloom will soon be ancient history –

just like old phones.

Those of us who’ve witnessed change

realize change isn’t bad –

Change forces us to hang up old, worn-out ways

that soon will be ancient history and to stop making excuses.

Let’s answer the call by letting聽the old

off the hook

and by blossoming today.