Monday, Sept. 27, marks the 200th anniversary of the Consummation of Mexico’s independence, an act that was framed by the entry of the Trigarante Army, led by Army General Agustín de Iturbide, into Mexico City in 1821.

To commemorate the date, the government of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) and the National Defense Secretariat (Sedena) will host a “historical-cultural” reenactment of that event in the capital’s main plaza Zócalo in Mexico City downtown Centro Histórico.

“As this historical process is one of the most transcendent chapters in our history, women and men of the Mexican Army with period costumes and horses will present scenes that, when combined with digital technology, will enhance the actions that gave freedom to the people of Mexico,” said a statement issued by the president’s office Friday, Sept. 24.

Traditionally, Mexican independence is celebrated on Sept. 16, the country’s official national day, when the independence movement first began in 1810, but the AMLO administration felt is was important to commemorate the day when that freedom was actually won.

The commemoration event will feature the participation of more than 1,400 people, along with artistic animations and multi-colored laser beams to project a set of images and lights in front of the buildings surrounding the Zócalo.

The magna event will conclude with a performance by Sedena’s symphony orchestra, music band, choir and mariachi, as well as a children’s choir.

The federal government is also commemorating the date with the issuance of a new 20-peso bill.

The reenactment will begin at 8 p.m. and can be followed live on social networks.



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