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Independence festivities to be muted

Regrettably, this year, as last, Mexicans will not be out in force celebrating their national day, waving flags, wearing giant sombreros, blowing horns, eating traditional foods and reveling in the unique, festive atmosphere.

pg1bIn normal, non-Covid times, Independence Day eve (September 15) sees the main plazas of cities, towns and villages  filled to the brim as the nation remembers Father Miguel Hidalgo’s emotional 1810 “Grito” exhorting the inhabitants of Nueva España to take up arms against their Spanish masters.

Across Jalisco, government officials of all levels will still carry out the 11 p.m. ceremony that involves waving the Mexican flag and issuing cries of “Viva Mexico,” but sadly the public is not invited.

Nor will denizens of Jalisco line the streets contentedly to watch traditional Independence Day parades unfold on the morning of September 16.

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