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The Closing of a Milestone Year!

by planetnomad on December 22, 2010

After years of planning, organizing, frenetic anticipation and eventual fiestas, México’s Bicentennial year is officially over today.  President Calderon and the Governor of the State of México, Enrique Peña Nieto, officially declared this date as the closure for all Bicentennial celebrations.  It was fitting that a ceremony took place in San Cristóbal Ecatepec de Morelos in the state of México, the place where prominent revolutionary leader José María Morelos y Pavón died 195 years ago to date.

As a tribute to México’s milestone 2010 Bicentennial year, I’ve assembled some photos taken during my trip to Mexico City during the festivities in September.  I felt honored and privileged to be fortunate enough to share the momentous occasion with so many loving, resilient and patriotic people! Here’s to México’s great past and its promising future ahead!   ¡Que viva México!

Here’s a fitting and patriotic timeless song by the great Panamanian singer Rubén Blades. The song is named “Patria”, which means patriotism and transcends all borders and nationalities in its lyrics.

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Lisa E @chickybus December 22, 2010 at 3:56 pm

You were there for this? Awesome! I agree that San Cristóbal was an appropriate place for this celebration, based on its history, etc.. (It is also one of my favorite cities in the Mexico.) Wonderful that you were able to be part of this.

PS: That last photo is incredible and should be entered in a contest or posted for sale somewhere. It’s that good!

planetnomad December 26, 2010 at 12:32 pm

Yes, I was really fortunate to be in Mexico for ten days during this great event…truly blessed! To see and take part, with countless others, this historical moment, is not something I’m soon to forget! Thanks so much Lisa for your comments on my photo! It’s a true compliment coming from someone like yourself with great photography skills!

Lisa E @chickybus December 26, 2010 at 1:08 pm


Meanwhile, your visit sounds fantastic! Did you spend a lot of time with Mexicans? Do you have friends there? If so, I would imagine it was extra special experience.

ciki December 27, 2010 at 10:27 pm

totally gorgeous! Hope you had a blessed christmas Mark and family.. and also, wishing you guys a Smashing new year! XOXOc

planetnomad December 30, 2010 at 11:40 am

Thanks a bunch Ciki for your most generous comments! To be very honest, my photography skills didn’t do the event justice! The Bicentennial was one of those moments that can only be captured by putting away all the gadgets, cameras, etc. and trying to absorb every single action that’s taking place…impossible, of course! Thanks again & may you and your family celebrate a prosperous, healthy and happy New Year!

Rebecca January 2, 2011 at 4:05 pm

Beautiful photos! What an exciting time to be in Mexico.

planetnomad January 3, 2011 at 12:01 pm

Thanks for your lovely comments Rebecca! Yes, it was a wonderful time to be in Mexico, no doubt about it! I think anytime there’s a milestone year that’s being celebrated anywhere in the world, then it makes it extra special and that moment then becomes cemented in our memories. I definitely feel blessed to have taken part in this event and will remember it for a long time to come! Thanks for for stopping by and sharing your comments!

Jeremy B January 12, 2011 at 11:06 pm

Mark, 2010 was an awesome year for you! I am sure celebrating the Mexico BiCentennial will be a memory you treasure for the rest of you life! Great photos as always! I’ve not been able to keep up as much lately on here but keep doing what you’re doing!

planetnomad January 14, 2011 at 1:11 pm

Jeremy: Yes, it was a memorable 2010 for me, for sure! I feel blessed that I was able to do all the things I wanted to, including going to this event in Mexico City. To be there and celebrate this great milestone with so many patriotic & warm people, plus having the President come out and deliver the annual “Grito”, just doesn’t get any better! Thanks as always for visiting and sharing your kind words! And hey, I understand if your visits are infrequent, there’s a lot to juggle for all of us! Thanks for the visit!

LeslieTravel January 16, 2011 at 8:07 pm

Beautiful photos! Looks like an amazing experience. Wish I was there for the celebration in Mexico but I am living vicariously through your images 🙂

planetnomad January 19, 2011 at 11:50 am

Thanks for your kind words Leslie! It was surely an event that will stay with me forever! I’m flattered these photos can allow you to “experience” the place to some degree, but they fall way short of what a personal visit will do for you! Can’t wait to hear when you share with us that you’ve booked your trip to Mexico! Would love to see your photos and writeup! Thanks for your visit and sharing your thoughts!

mike January 20, 2011 at 7:36 am

mexicans are some of the warmest people i have met. cant wait to go to mexico this year! gracias!

planetnomad January 21, 2011 at 8:50 am

Thanks for your visit Mike! Yep, I would agree with you that the people of Mexico are the ones who really make it a “special” place! Happy Travels to you and enjoy your trip to Mexico! Stay in touch and let us know about your trip!

Christy @ Ordinary Traveler January 28, 2011 at 1:15 am

That first photo is amazing! I’m a BIG fan of Mexico. It’s such a huge country that I feel like no matter how many times I visit, there is always more to see!

planetnomad January 31, 2011 at 11:14 am

Thanks for visiting and sharing your comments Christy! I know what you mean about Mexico being overwhelmingly huge…this makes for a big challenge for us Mexico buffs who want to see every square inch of it! But, it’s a fun challenge and one worth going after especially when we encounter so many great people and history along the way! Happy Travels to you!

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