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Fiesta patria

15 September 2009

82,000 lightbulbs were installed two weeks ago on the Zocalo in Mexico City to celebrate tonight’s Independence Day kickoff… and the countdown to the Bicentennial.  Maybe it’s in line with Prez Calderón’s sudden interest in austerity… or maybe it’s because the poor folks might enjoy the show, and he thinks using less electricity is a help to the poor that these are 10-watt bulbs.

By the way, besides the usual suspects put up in lights (Hidalgo, Morelos, Josefa Dominguez), this year Francisco Primo de Verdad y Ramos has been added to the “illuminati”. He died before the War of Independence even started (in 1808) in a Mexico City dungeon, where he’d been thrown for having the temerity to suggest independence for Nuevo Espagna. A criollo intellectual and attorney, his new prominence is seen by some as an attempt to downplay the more radical heroes like Morelos and Guerrero.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. 15 September 2009 11:43 pm

    A whole year to wait! Can I stand the suspense? Probably not.

    I’d prefer taking a trip to Morelia and feel safe.

  2. Mary O'Grady permalink
    16 September 2009 7:04 am

    The 10-watt bulbs seem to work beautifully.

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