Mexican Revolution Anniversary Observed Early in 2020

Mexican revolutionist Emilio Zapata. Photo: Wikipedia


Mexico’s Día de la Revolución (Revolution Day) officially falls on Nov. 20, but in recent years, the holiday is usually observed on the third Monday of the month in order to allow workers to enjoy a long weekend holiday.

This year, it is being celebrated as a national holiday on Monday, Nov. 16.

The holiday commemorates the 10-year Mexican Revolution, which began in 1910.

Initiated by Francisco I. Madero, a reformist writer and politician from the state of Chihuahua, to oust then-President Porfirio Diaz, who had been in power for over 30 years, the Mexican Revolution, was intended to eliminate class distinctions, reclaim land ownership for impoverished farmers and establish universal suffrage for all Mexicans.

It also provided for the elimination of presidential reelections, which remains an important feature of the Mexican political landscape.

The struggle was supported by many rural Mexican women, known as Adelitas, who took up arms and fought in the battlefields along with the husbands and lovers.

In recent years, many stores and businesses in Mexico have used the long weekend to organize a nationwide sale holiday known as the Buen Fin (Good Weekend), with deep discounts similar to those of Black Friday in the United States.

This year, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) has declared a 10-day Buen Fin in order to encourage consumer spending and help reboot the economy, which has been severely battered by the covid-19 pandemic.

In order top boost consumer spending during the Buen Fin, AMLO ordered all government employees to be given an early advance on their Christmas bonuses.

During his early morning press conference on Monday, Nov. 16, AMLO said that on Friday, Nov. 20, there will be a limited military parade and a presentation of recognitions for Mexican athletes.

…Nov. 16, 2020

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