Mexican’s love for a party
~ By Rachel
I always thought coming from Scotland that we were a nation well known for our love of a party however being in Mexico these past three months I now know that these guys find any reason to celebrate. Since being here I have been able to experience some of the most celebrated holidays of the Mexican calendar including Mexican Independence Day on the 16th of September, Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) on the 1st and 2nd of November, then the most recent celebration being The Mexican Day of Revolution on the 20th of November.
This day seemed to be of the most importance and required a lot of preparation especially from the schools. At my school, Julio, the 4th, 5th and 6th graders for almost two weeks spent an hour rehearsing their marches and dance routines that they would be performing downtown on the day. I was quite amazed at the choreography, the boys even had some gymnastics stints that they would be doing. I really enjoyed being able to watch the kids practice, and even got asked if I would like to dance with them. I am probably the same height as most and would blend in as a student but I was quite happy just observing. Then in the days nearing the event, all of the students from grade 1 to 6 would practice their march. This was quite manic, especially trying to organise the little ones.
On the day of the parade in the centre downtown area, the other teachers and I were asked to march with the director, teachers and students from one of the other schools, Cesar, where another teacher Katie works. This was such a privilege and really nice being amongst the kids. We were there from 7.30am and the atmosphere was just amazing! The costumes were fantastic, so much thought and effort put into the whole event. The best costumes were a group of woman and young girls who were wearing colourful dresses and homemade pineapple props.
In the space of 2 hours were hardly moved at all and after a while I started noticing some of my students and teachers walking up the other side of the street. We had assumed we were all going to an area where we would see everyone perform, however we were only moving down the street slightly to a spot on the street where the mayor and other people of importance were sitting and the students performed in front of them. Therefore this meant that I did not get to see my students perform, which I was really upset about. However this was still such an amazing day to be part of and the performances that we did view were really great.
There just always seems to be some sort of festivity happening which has made this experience so much fun!