Wednesday, thousands of Mexico City residents gathered to see red white and green fireworks light up the sky.
Though for some, the recent drug-related violence had put a damper on things, tens of thousands of Mexicans still took to the streets of Mexico to recognize the country’s Bicentennial as well as the 100th anniversary of the Mexican revolution.
Juan Burgos was with his wife and their 4-year-old daughter, Kaily. Burgos was attempting to explain the importance of Sept. 16 to his daughter in the hopes of keeping the U.S.-born girl aware of her ties to his native land.
From San Bernardino, Burgos, 29, said Mexicans should celebrate this year just as they have in previous years and not think of the violence.
‘Mexicans have a very different way of thinking,’ he said in Spanish.
‘When Mexicans die, we remain happy and we have parties,’ Burgos said, referring to Day of the Dead annual commemorations at gravesites. ‘On this day, we can’t forget our traditions. We have to live the day and be happy.’
In the end, Mexico’s countrywide celebration, despite changes in venue for many of the states, went off with out a hitch. Felicidades, Mexico!