Source: Chris Koney
Martha Juliana Ayech
This year, the Embassy of Mexico in Ghana will be celebrating the 208th anniversary of the Mexican Independence with two important events. These are a Mexican Gala Concert and the III Mexican Food Festival all taking place in Accra.
The Mexican Gala Concert is scheduled for September 17th at the National Theatre. The open gate event (free entry) starts at 7PM and will be headlined by multiple award winning Mexican soprano, Martha Juliana Ayech, as an effort to promote the Mexican culture in Ghana
The III Food Festival is an initiative to promote the Mexican gastronomic culture in Ghana. This year is the 3rd edition of this festival which will be taking place in Ghana, for first time it will be hosted at the Kempinski Hotel Gold Coast from September 13th to 16th between 7PM and 11PM and from 12noon to 4PM on 16th September.
Since the Embassy of Mexico reopened its doors in Accra in 2014, it has been a vital link to improve bilateral relations between the two countries, allowing Ghanaian and Mexican companies to explore business and cultural opportunities, as well as promoting bilateral trade relations and encourage south-south cooperation.
Mexico shares border with the United States of America and it is a country widely known for its Pacific and Gulf of Mexico beaches plus a diverse landscape of mountains, deserts and jungles. Ancient ruins such as Teotihuacán and the Mayan city of Chichén Itzá are scattered throughout the country, as are Spanish colonial-era towns. The capital is Mexico City, which is noted for upscale shops, renowned museums and gourmet restaurants.
On September 16, 1810, Miguel Hidalgo Costilla, a Catholic priest, launched the Mexican War of Independence with the issuing of his Grito de Dolores, or “Cry of Delores.” The revolutionary tract called for the end of Spanish rule in Mexico, redistribution of land, and racial equality. This followed a revolt against the Spaniards on September 15, 1810 which became known as the day of the Cry of Dolores (El Grito de Dolores).
Independence Day (Día de la Independencia) is a Mexican holiday to celebrate the “cry of independence” on September 16. On September 15th every year, the country’s president rings the bell of the National Palace in Mexico City, then recites a cry of patriotism, ending with ¡Viva Mexico! Mexicans all over the world traditionally celebrate Independence Day with fireworks, parties (fiestas), as well as traditional food and music.