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Feliz Dia de Independencia de Mexico

Contrary to what most many Gringos may think, Mexico’s Independence Day is celebrated as 16 de Septembre (comparable to the US holiday of July 4), not Cinco de Mayo.

Today I met Manuel Lopez, a charro from the state of Jalisco, Mexico, living and working in Wichita today. He was joining a small, local parade on 21st street to celebrate with other Mexicans their country’s independence from Spain.

It would be hard to celebrate my home country’s independence while living in another country. I know many expats living and working in other countries who have said holidays like Independence Day and Thanksgiving are lonely times.

So, feliz dia de independencia de Mexico, amigos….